Summer comes with long hot afternoons, baseball games, and swimming lessons. But amid the hustle and bustle of filling your days, make sure to save time to unwind.
Relaxation normalizes metabolism, improves mood, and increases mental agility. Let go with these stress-relieving ideas.
1. ROAD TRIP
There’s no place like home, but a short getaway can quickly recharge your batterieseven if it’s only for a day. Try touring a local factory, taking in an exhibit at a museum, or visiting a new park. Apps like Gogobot, Roadtrippers, and Goby are designed specifically to help you find new things to see in your own neck of the woods. So gas up, take off, and rediscover the charms of your neighborhood.
2. MIX IT UP
Freshen up your summer evening with a mocktail. These nonalcoholic fruity drinks are a tasty way to enjoy the season’s produce. Find recipes on Pinterest or create your own blend of fresh fruit, soda, and juice. Indulge by pouring the sweet concoction into your best glass. Add an umbrella for an island touch.
3. SWING TIME
Create a nook for all that reading you’ve been meaning to catch up on by hanging a porch swing. Start from scratch with building plans from newyankee.com or buy
a kit that comes with everything precut. If you want to get creative, try repurposing an old door. Add a soft touch with pillows, and you’ll have a retreat to be proud of.
4. HIT THE TRAIL
Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or a novice hiker, seeing the world from the top of a mountain is invigorating and provides the satisfaction of accomplishment. Spice up the trek by hunting for a few geocaches along the way. For information about trail locations, try National Geographic’s alltrails.com.
5. COOL OFF
Ice cream is the ultimate summer treat, but not all brands are created equal. To add a little tranquility to your life, splurge and order the good stuff. Many top-of-the-line ice cream makers, such as Graeter’s and Talenti, offer front-door delivery anywhere in the United States Take your indulgence to the next level by serving scoops in a homemade cookie bowl.
6. REEL DEAL
Critics agree: an alfresco movie always gets two thumbs up. Project a family classic onto a white sheet or a fence in the backyard. If you want to invite the neighbors, check out funflicks.com. The company offers inflatable movie screen rentals nationwide so everyone can have a great view. Serve kettle corn and Popsicles to keep the refreshments easy.
7. STAR TREK
Whether you lie on your back or look through a telescope, stargazing is a fun way to unwind. Visit nasa.gov to find local sky maps and constellation information. If you want to get serious about cosmic sightings, join a local astronomy society. These groups host parties where you can simultaneously socialize and get to know the universe.
Article written by Meredith Francom