If you’re like me, every summer, you hear “There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.” After years of believing this, I’ve found out that it’s no longer true. Below are my ideas for how to cure your summertime blues.
There are a variety of summertime blues. Maybe you want to go on a vacation, but you can’t get the time off work. Or maybe you could get the time off work, but you’re broke. Then, there’s a potential for boredom or loneliness when your friends go on vacation.
Maybe none of these scenarios apply to you. You might be a rich, retired person. (I, too, hope to be a rich, retired person one day.) Even if you don’t feel blue, these tips will bring some more fun into your life.
Issue #1: You have no money for a vacation.
Solution: Fake-cation. Don’t worry, the best things in life are free! Keep going to work to build your bank account, and value your time away from work. This time, when you’re not working, is when you’re going to enjoy your fake-cation. To enjoy your fake-cation to its fullest, be sure to unplug! Silence your phone, and then quit touching it.
Some fake-cation time ideas are to:
- sleep in or go to bed early.
- explore a nearby park or trail.
- have a picnic in the park.
- look for free local events.
- sit outside. Observe, reflect, breathe, relax.
If you are fake-cationing with kids,
- play tag, flashlight tag, catch, or hide and seek.
- pick a toy that your kid hasn’t played with in a while and ask them if they’ll play with you.
- don’t pay attention to the clock (unless you have to go to work). Play until everyone is tired.
- explore nature. You can go to a park or stay in your own backyard. Look around and learn with your kids.
- go to the library. The library always offers interesting programs for kids and adults.
Issue #2: You can’t get time off for a vacation.
Solution: Stay-cation. The stay-cation is very similar to a fake-cation, except that you don’t have budget restraints. All of the suggestions of a fake-cation apply here as well. I especially want to emphasize that your time away from work is when you’re going to be enjoying your stay-cation. To best enjoy your stay-cation, be sure to unplug! Turn off all electronic devices, and quit touching your phone.
Some stay-cation ideas are to:
- eat at a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. Don’t have any ideas? Check out the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives recommendations. (Because DDD is a TV show, I’ve linked to tvfoodmaps, which is more about how to find food near you as opposed to how to watch episodes or read about the restaurants.)
- have mid-week movie night! This is one of my favorites. Abandoning your schedule and routine for something fun can be very liberating. Go to the theater, stay home, or try to find a movie playing outside.
- go to a local tourist attraction. What is your city known for? Let Google help you plan a little trip in your town. (By the way, Smithsonian Day is the last Saturday of September and museums across the country have free admission that day.)
Issue #3: Your friends are on vacation, and you’re bored.
Solution: Wake up! The old cliché is true. There really is so much to do and so little time. So, as Cher says in Moonstruck, “Snap out of it!” Get out of your pity party or the incorrect mindset that there’s nothing to do. Literally, there is everything in the world to do!
Read the suggestions listed above, chose something, and do it. Until you have done absolutely everything in the whole world, there is no reason for you to be bored. Like Harvey Danger said in their song “Flagpole Sitta,” “If you’re bored, then you’re boring.”
So get out there and have fun! (Also, unplug from your electronic devices.)
With a little bit of planning, these tips can cure you of your summertime blues and have you hoping that summer will never end.
What are you doing to have fun this summer? Let us know in the comments below.
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