5 Easy ways to relax this summer

Think back: As summer approached, you were giddy with excitement over the camping weekends, road trips, and vacations you planned to pack into the 10 or so weeks of the hot weather season. Now it’s nearing August and your excitement has waned, being replaced with fatigue from the go-go-go of the last couple of months. Do you really want to start autumn in a state of mental and physical exhaustion? No one says you can’t have a great summer teeming with fun activities, but balance them out with true R&R that doesn’t require you to intensively plan, travel, or spend money. Here are five easy ways to really relax this summer.
Think back: As summer approached, you were giddy with excitement over the camping weekends, road trips, and vacations you planned to pack into the 10 or so weeks of the hot weather season. Now it’s nearing August and your excitement has waned, being replaced with fatigue from the go-go-go of the last couple of months. Do you really want to start autumn in a state of mental and physical exhaustion? No one says you can’t have a great summer teeming with fun activities, but balance them out with true R&R that doesn’t require you to intensively plan, travel, or spend money. Here are five easy ways to really relax this summer.

5 Easy ways to relax this summer

1. Curl up with a book

Instead of booking a trip across country that requires luggage, three layovers, and a dent in your credit card, take your favorite book to the local park or even to your backyard and get your read on. If easily accessible, opt for a hike or day at the beach to breathe deep as you turn the pages.

2. Start a journal

Make this the summer that you start journaling — for your health and wellbeing. Journaling can help lower your stress levels and give you a safe place to record your thoughts, worries, and prayers. Whether you decide to spend August closer to home or can’t give up the outings you’ve planned until fall, you can at least use a journal to help you relax. Journaling a great way to tame tension and help you think differently about nagging situations.

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3. Stay close to home

If there are friends or family members that live nearby that you’ve been meaning to connect with, now is the time. Invite them over for a casual get together — make it a potluck so you aren’t tied to the kitchen during the visit. See what local events are going on in your community or in your church, and put them on your family’s summer agenda. Bonus: Fellowshipping and getting more involved in local events can create long-term relationships and opportunities that make your life more enjoyable year round.

4. Be tourists of your own locale

How many years have you lived a short drive from the beach, a national park, or other landmark and yet have never gone? Scope out the sightseeing, cultural opportunities, and festive events in your area and take advantage of them. Your family can get out of the house, learn something, and have a great time without the stress of packing, getting to the airport or driving, or breaking the budget.

5. Sleep more

Unless you have excellent sleep habits, let this summer be the time you prioritize sleep. Not only is sleep crucial for your physical health, it is a must-have to help you deal with stress. When you’re tired, you’re cranky and easy to irritate — any tiny little thing can seem overwhelming. The best part? Sleep is free. Simply go to bed earlier or stay in bed a little longer. You can even schedule a cat nap in on occasion, since naps have been shown to promote health, too.

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