When it comes to maintaining your physical and mental wellness, the only thing more important than having a daily routine is reserving time for rest, play and rejuvenation. That’s especially true during the summer months where the opportunities for fun are as abundant as the days are long. The only problem with those long summer days is how quickly they fly by and how much pressure we all feel to make the most of them. If you’re already too busy to take a vacation this summer, you certainly don’t need any more anxiety. To help you focus on your responsibilities and taking care of everything you need to do, here are some easy ways to turn brief summer moments into memories that last a lifetime.
1. Spend as much time outdoors as you possibly can
In the winter time, it’s hard to find the motivation to do things with your free time when you’re either leaving the house for work when it’s dark, getting home when it’s dark or both. During the summer, you have more daylight before AND after work which means more time to get outside, have fun and see the world. These magical hours before or after work are the perfect time to plant flowers, pull weeds and beautify the exterior of your home. Live in an apartment? Then use this time to pick up trash around your complex, beautify your neighborhood or find a volunteer opportunity in your area.
No matter how busy you are, it’s always a good idea to step away from your desk to enjoy your meal. There’s no better time to do just that than summer when the beautiful weather can transform your lunch break into an escape. To maximize your downtime, pack a lunch that’s ready to go when you are or call your order in to your favorite to-go place so it’s there when you arrive. Grab some extra napkins and then head to the nearest park bench, picnic table or parking lot where you can roll down your windows, let your stress out and take in all the sights and sounds of summer while you eat. If your company has picnic tables or outdoor seating, even better. Even if it’s just for a few minutes after you eat, getting yourself out of the office and into the summer sun during the work day will help you appreciate the season while taking care of yourself.
Try restructuring your routine so you can take in the sunrise or watch the sunset. Even if it’s just sitting outside reading a book, taking a walk or riding your bike, you’ll never regret spending as much time outside as you possibly can while the weather is warm and then kicking back with one of our RELAX CBD products.
2. Embrace the one-day road trip
No time to take a full week off from work? Then you need to experience the joys of the daytrip. Where you go and what you do is completely up to you and whether you prefer to spend your time enjoying the drive or exploring the places you visit on your way. No matter where you live, you’ll be surprised by the different things you can discover within 2-3 hours of your home – different restaurants, free and low-cost parks, cool shops, new places to explore and appreciate. If you live in an urban area, choose a town you’ve never been to, check the reviews for your favorite food, pick a new place to try and go! If you don’t have a car or don’t drive, visit the website of your local public transportation provider, research the neighborhood of a bus or train stop you’ve never been to and plan your one-day escape that way. The whole idea is to pack as much adventure into an 8-10 period so you can head to work the next day feeling fulfilled. To keep you feeling good throughout the day, UPLIFT CBD products are better than coffee and will get your one-day road trip off to an energetic start.
3. Reconnect with childhood in a summer sports league
Remember how much fun you used to have playing organized baseball, soccer, softball or basketball when you were a kid? Just because you’ve grown up doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and play. Every town in America has summer sports leagues, clinics and tournaments that will get your competitive juices flowing, help you meet new people and have a great time in the process. Check out your town’s parks and recreation department to see what kinds of programs they offer. Just be sure to have some of our RELIEVE CBD products on hand in case you overdue it!
4. Throw a party you and your friends will be talking about all winter
Whether it’s a backyard gathering with family and friends or a neighborhood bash that pulls out all the stops, nothing seizes a summer day like a well-planned party. Pick a theme like the 1960’s, traditional clambake or luau and challenge your guests to get creative with the food they bring. Don’t have a backyard? Check out the parks in your area that have picnic tables and barbecue areas. Some are first come first served, others can be rented for a small fee. Either way, be sure you and your guests abide by all of the park’s rules and plan to pack out as much of your trash as you can to save your town some work. If you find yourself unable to resist the temptation to overindulge on all the great food and beverages at you summer bash, our DIGEST CBD products are the perfect party favor to get you feeling right again.
5. Be a tourist in your town for a day
Just because you’re not packing up the family car or jetting off someplace exotic doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re on vacation. Use your next off day to do one of the things you’re always telling other people to do but have either never done yourself (because you’re local) or you haven’t done since you were a kid. From state parks and monuments to museums and art galleries, every town of every size has something to explore that doesn’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money to enjoy. To ensure you make the most of every minute of your 24-hour vacation, our REVIVE CBD products will give you the energy you need to go the distance.
6. Make this year the summer of wellness
Whether it’s the yoga class you’ve been meaning to take, purchasing more fresh produce from your local farmers’ market or discovering the benefits of CBD, there’s no better time than summer to make positive changes in your life. To give yourself the best chance of staying on your new path, get your partner or a friend to commit to these new healthy changes with you. Making these changes now will put you in a much better position to handle the shorter days and colder temperatures that are just a few months away.
The last thing you want to be doing on Labor Day weekend is wondering where your summer went and regretting all the fun things you were too busy to do. We hope this post inspires you to take control of your summer while there’s still plenty of time to make plans that will reward your hard work, strengthen your relationships and help you live life well!