How To Unwind From The Chaos
A ( doable! ) Summer Bucket-List
By: Heather Cowan
With summer in full swing, and the chaos ensuing, trying to find simple ways to enjoy our seasonal activities (while trying to stay sane and without trying to spend our entire paycheck) seems like a daunting task. Having summer fun doesn’t have to be difficult, or expensive, and best of all it can be relaxing and be done from the comfort of your own home.
Read that book you keep saying you’re going to read
We all have a book that’s just sitting around, waiting to be read. Whether it’s a steamy romance
novel, or a page-turning mystery, find a day or two from your busy schedule and find a comfy
place to sit or lie down and get some reading done.
Sunrise yoga session
Regardless if you’re in a busy city apartment, or out in the country, waking up with the sun in the morning to take some time and center yourself is a relaxing way to start your day. With online yogis posting simple, beginner-friendly yoga flows, it’s never been easier. You can just do it in front of a window, or go out in your yard to gain your energy with the sun rising as you do!
Speaking of sunrises… get up and watch the sunrise!
Yoga not your jam? Just waking up early and enjoying the sunrise is one of the most peaceful
ways to spend your time, and can be a great way to feel ready for whatever else the day might
bring your way!
Make a vision board for your dream vacation
Sure, it might be a little late to go on a whirl-wind vacation of your dreams this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t daydream! Collect images together, which you can do virtually, or by cutting them out of old magazines. Who knows, maybe next summer that vision board might be your reality!
Get into meditation
If you’ve been feeling extra stressed lately, trying meditation might be the idea for you! There
are plenty of guided meditations to find online, all targeting different stressors you could be
facing, such as trouble sleeping, anxiety, or dealing with something personal. Taking a moment
to yourself regularly this summer can be a step into becoming a better, more mindful, you.
Catch up on podcasts your friends keep telling you about
We all have a podcast or two our friends keep going on about, and we keep saying that we’re
going to listen. Well, why not catch up on that true crime case or the story your friend won’t stop telling you is the funniest thing they’ve ever heard?
Miss out on spring cleaning? Do a summer cleaning instead!
Feel like your home still isn’t as clean as you’d like it to be? Still need to dig through your closet
and get rid of some things? A deep clean might be just the thing to do for yourself this summer! Get the nooks and crannies you might not have gotten in a while, and after your work pays off, open some windows in the evening for some summer breezes with a glass of wine in hand.
(Bonus: you can listen to the podcasts while you clean!)
Taking a walk
Okay, so this one technically isn’t at home, but it’s the best way to enjoy the season! Whether
it’s walking through your neighborhood or a nearby park, getting out in the summer sun and air is a perk to the season we all miss the rest of the year.