Summer Planning Tips: How to get the most out of your summer days

Summer Planning Tips: How to get the most out of your summer days

 

BY VICTORIA WALSH

 

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I’m not sure about you, but in my mind, winter is all business and summer is meant for more free-spirited memory making moments. Those moments that we remember fondly or burst into laughter retelling. Summer, darlings, is for the living. And oh how we come alive with that first sign of summer in the air and increased sunshine! Have you noticed?! You can literally sense the shift in vibes – we are more pleasant and simply happier.

 

Well, open the windows and let the fresh air in, because below are some suggestions on how to grab hold of that good energy and make the most of your summer ahead. As Van Morrison once wrote; “Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.”

 

Spontaneous > Scheduled:

Anyone else feeling like we’ve become far too scheduled as a society?! Regardless, summer is time to let loose a little and embrace more organic moments. Try blocking an afternoon or day off in the week with no set intention. When the day comes, welcome spontaneity with open arms and just go with the flow. If you need a little more than that, get your family to write their activity wish list on paper and randomly pick one on your free day.

 

Hydration > Alcohol:

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Hellooooo patio season! It is, perhaps, one of our favourite summertime socials. All the increased alcohol though? Not so much. Try maintaining a healthier and hydrating balance by swapping out some alcoholic drinks for refreshing non-alcoholic ones.  Be adventurous by adding fruits and herbs to carbonated water, like a combination of grapefruit and rosemary or strawberry and basil. Pro Tip: Energizing mocktails will keep your patio party poppin’! Try making a Peach Bellini with ginger kombucha, a vegan caesar, blood orange mimosa or a fruity long island iced tea!

 

Dear Diary: 

Diaries aren’t just for junior high. It’s a wonderful way to express emotions or capture memories or practice gratitude or write down life lessons to pass on to future generations. The health impact is that it is shown that journaling also improves memory and comprehension. Aaaaand it’s also a great (healthy) way to get things off your chest!

 

Bare Feet:

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Shoes are traps!!! Haha, just kidding. There is science behind the theory of ‘grounding’ and connecting with the earth though, so go on and kick off your shoes! Run barefoot or scrunch your toes in the sand while you’re at it.

Pro Tip: If you can’t go barefoot, invest in comfy, supportive shoes, your body will thank you!

 

 

 

Outdoors > Gym: Or both really.

Summer is the perfect time to bring the workout outside though, with playground workouts, trail running, swimming, biking to work, or even a post-supper walk around the block. 

 

Shift Work Hours:

If it is an option, try changing your work hours to maximize your free time in the sunshine.  Summer is the perfect time to work on any sleep issues, using nature’s natural rhythm to reset our own.

 

Road Trip:

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Ever hop in the car without a set destination? Sometimes that leads to the most wonderful and interesting finds in the country! It’s perhaps my favourite thing to do on a lazy Sunday and I’ve found some great hikes spots and attractions (waterfalls and shops) Eat In-Season: One of the best ways to eat in-season is to shop your local farmer’s market if you don’t have your own garden. Otherwise, you can glance over the Food Networks ‘what’s in season’ guide.  Call me old-fashioned but is it rhubarb season yet?!?

 

Ditch Screens:

Let the TV accumulate a little dust. 😉  I think we all naturally get away from the abundance of screen time in the summer, but if not, then we can be more mindful of screen time. Opt outside whenever possible, and maybe limit tv time in the evenings.

 

Turn Back Time:

When was the last time you jumped into a lake? Had beers by the bonfire? Drove bumper cars? Camped in the backyard? Had a sleepover? Skipped rope? Played in a playground? Drank a milkshake? Whatever you loved doing as a child – explore that!

 

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Neighbourhood Potluck:

Knowing your neighbour seems to be a lost piece in our modern-day socializing. Do you know your neighbours? One friend moved into a new neighbourhood years ago and one of her first actions was to invite everyone down the street (and some friends) to her house for holiday celebrations. It was almost revolutionary, haha. What happened? It was a wonderful party, we got to socialize, hear stories, and it became an annual event.

 

Be Brave:

Whether it is colouring your hair pastel pink, booking a skydive, travelling solo, moving to your dream place or even getting up the courage to make new friends – be brave and do it. This life of ours is a gift and there’s no time like the present.

 

V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n:  

Weeknights and weekends might be filled with errands or projects, but if you have the chance to book a vacation, try leaving your worries at home and being in the moment. A wild concept I know, and that’s not being sarcastic…it’s hard in today’s busy world to let go, but a little downtime is good for our health!

 

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock

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Smoothies:

Summer and smoothies go together like chocolate and peanut butter, the perfect pairing! It’s also an easy way to get those vitamins and minerals in on days when it is just too hot out to cook. Pranin Organic makes smoothies easy with their travel-friendly Smoothie Boosters

 

No Regrets:

Maybe it is an impending mid-life crisis on my part, but one thing is for sure – having no (or little) regrets in life is at the forefront of my mind lately. Have you ever read those lovely articles about the top regrets of the elderly? One of them is inaction, so put your action-Jackson pants on and pick one thing you’ve always wanted to do, and make a plan that will get you towards that. No more wishing life away or waiting for <insert life challenge here> to get better. Research, plan, and work your tail-feather off to make it happen.

 

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~ Charles Bowden

 

Victoria Walsh Nursing Student Wellness Blogger Pranin Organic Vitamin Supplements

 

Victoria Walsh is the voice behind Girl Gone Good, a little blog that grew out of the desire to embrace better health and explore the world in earnest.  As a military veteran, she loved the adventurous life full of challenges, travel, and skydiving. Trading her combats boots for hikers, a love for mountains, wellness, and a small smoothie obsession emerged. She is currently earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Ottawa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References: 

1 – https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704631504575531932754922518

2 –  http://www.next-up.org/pdf/ACM_Journal_The_Biologic_Effects_of_Grounding_the_Human_Body_During_Sleep_as_Measured_by_Cortisol_evels_and_Subjective_Reporting_of_Sleep_Pain_and_Stress_2004.pdf