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3 simple ways to relish in the summer days ahead #mejane

Nadine Nicholson - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
3 simple ways to relish in the summer days ahead #mejane

Technically, there are 34 days left of summer, including today.

But, with school starting next week for many families – particularly in North America – it feels like summer is almost done.

I remember as a kid the summer seemed to last forever. We’d spend three weeks at Dilberry Lake, go camping the other weekends, and enjoy the peace and quiet of country life in between.

This year it FLEW by.

My son is starting grade one next week and in the back of my mind are all the things that need to get done.

The first day of fall will be here before you know it – September 23 to be exact – and Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here soon, too.

Can you relate?

So, how about you take these last few days of the summer and cherish the slower pace, spend some special time with your family and get some Vitamin D in the sunshine?

Here are 3 simple and easy ideas for you to relish in the summer days ahead:

1. Find one easy and fun thing to do each day.

On a piece of paper write a quick things of all the things you like best. What kinds of things give you energy? What rejuvenates you? Want some ideas? How about:

  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Go for a walk and listen to your favourite music.
  • Run through the sprinkler with your kids.
  • Have your favourite friend(s) over for a barbeque.
  • Sit by the river and reflect on its beauty.
  • Let loose and dance to your favourite song.
  • Read a book at the local outdoor swimming pool.
  • Make some home-made popsicles.
  • Share those popsicles with your neighbours.
  • Chase some butterflies.
  • Lay out on a cozy blanket and gaze at the stars.

2. Have a celebration.

Labour Day is just around the corner and kids who are not already back at school will be there before you know it. Set a date for next weekend to have a family celebration. Talk about the summer with your family. What did they like best? What were some favourite experiences they’d like to celebrate? What do you they want their summer to be like next year? Just sit back and enjoy the conversations you’ll help generate.

3. Go to bed a bit earlier every night.

If you’re like me, over the summer you’ve stayed up later at night and perhaps you get to sleep in a bit more than usual. Soon, fall will be here, which will bring much activity and perhaps even some year-end pressure in your business. Plus, daylight hours are quickly shortening and will get down to our annual low on December 21.

Now’s the time to start resetting your clock and nourishing your body with sleep. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change – you could even go to bed 15 minutes earlier each night. After four days that’s an extra hour of sleep. Imagine how rested you’ll feel!

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What advice do YOU have to relish in the summer days ahead? Please post a quick comment here under the blog and share your thoughts. I can’t wait to see your ideas!