This is the first summer where things are looking very different for many of us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it a good one. Maybe you had trips that unfortunately had to get canceled, but don’t fret. Just because summer 2020 is different doesn’t mean there aren’t things we can do. You can do most of the ideas on this list in the comfort of your own home. So here’s to making the most of summer 2020!
Become A Plant Parent
I became a plant mom last year, and it was the best thing. I love seeing my little plants grow, and it’s a beautiful responsibility that is not too demanding if you don’t have the time to take care of a pet. If you’re not a pro plant person, it’s best to start with small succulents. They do not require lots of maintenance, which makes them easy to care for. On the other hand, if you already have plants add more to your family!
At Home Spa Day
Play some relaxing tunes, grab a face mask, and paint your nails. When life gets busy, it’s easy to neglect our pamper time. But the truth is, when we look good, we feel good. There are a bunch of free relaxing playlists on YouTube and Spotify. There are also many different types of masks, whether it’s a DIY one or one from Target. If baths are your thing, drop in a fun bath bomb or add some bubbles to make the experience more fun. If you have an oil diffuser, drop in a few drops of your favorite essential oil and relax.
Summer Clean Out
I have a hard time with this one. I’m always thinking, “but what if I need this? This will fit me when I lose weight. This top from high school has to stay because of the emotional connection I have to it.” But in the end, I know I am never going to wear/use some of those things ever again, and it does feel good to make room for new things. Try to donate to local shelters in need, instead of giving to your local thrift stores. You’ll notice your mind feels less cluttered when your space is less cluttered.
Have A Picnic
Picnics are so much fun! A picnic is always lovely when you go with someone else, but it can be therapeutic to go alone. There’s something about laying a blanket down on the grass and catching up that makes it unique. If you’re going alone, you could take some snacks and a book to read. You don’t need to have lots of food to have a picnic.
Learn Something New
Coursera is a website that offers many online courses, and some are even free! I first heard about it when I saw an article about Yale’s most popular course in history being offered online for FREE. The Science of Well-Being is the Yale course, and there are so many other courses with different subjects offered. A creative alternative with a fee is Skillshare.
Cook A New Recipe
Cooking is not my forte, but it is fun and a creative outlet. Find a new recipe online and try it out; you could surprise yourself with your A1 chef abilities. To make it more fun, try cooking something with a loved one. Not only does this help speed up the process, but you bond with someone you love.
Take A Day Trip To Nature
Getting away from the city is nice every once in a while. If nature is a few hours away, consider taking a day trip or even an overnight one. Try to disconnect from your phone while you’re in nature so you can soak it all in. Breathe deeply and feel your feet grounded on the earth. Take some time to show gratitude for nature’s beauty. Also, make sure to bring your mask!
Do Something You’ve Always Wanted To Do
Many people wait “until tomorrow” to start that thing they say they’re going to start. If we’re honest, tomorrow turns into never. Since we’re going to be spending much more time at home, why don’t you make that YouTube video or blog post you’ve been holding off on? If you want to make music, watch videos on how to use music production software, etc. With the internet at our fingertips, the opportunities are endless.
Make A Vision Board
I have never seen people talking more about manifestation and visualizing than now (thanks Tik Tok.) You can do this with friends or alone. Get a bunch of magazines or even print out pictures if you don’t have magazines. Make a collage of how you want your life to be; the more specific, the better. Do you want to live in an apartment with floor to ceiling windows? Whatever you want, manifest it!
Read A Book
During this quarantine, I’ve picked up on reading. I realized I was not particularly eager to read because I wasn’t reading books that interested me. I love self-help/spiritual books. An excellent site to buy books from is BetterWorldBooks; they have gently used books for an affordable price! I bought six books for about $26. Knowledge is power, and what better way to pass the time than with reading.
Go To The Drive-Ins
Since movie theaters have yet to open, check out a drive-in to watch a movie. If you don’t have a drive-in near you, you can make your own! Grab food with a friend and watch a movie in your car while the sun sets in the background.
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