Summer is in full swing now, and if you’re anything like me, you probably wonder the same thing every year – why does summertime always seem SO busy? It feels like there are more things going on during the Summer than all of the other seasons combined, and it’s oh so easy to let the time get away from us – despite our good intentions.
So, how can we be sure to savor our free time this summer and not wear ourselves out from the busyness? Today, I’m sharing a few tips that I’ve found super helpful in simplifying this crazy time of year.
Here are my five tips for making the most of it and not stressing yourself out in the process:
1. Don’t over commit yourself //
Nothing guarantees exhaustion like overcommitment. Learn to say no to unnecessary events, even if it’s something you like doing. If your calendar is packed to the brim all summer long, chances are you will end up wishing you had eliminated a few things.
2. Disconnect //
While social media is an awesome tool for connecting with others and sharing our summertime adventures, sometimes comparison and pointless scrolling take up more time than our actual adventure. Remember to live first – fully present in the moment. And Instagram it later, if need be.
3. Go outside //
This point explains itself, I think. What simpler way to enjoy your summer than by soaking it all in outdoors? Nothing refreshes me like a quick trail run or an afternoon spent at the lake. It’s free and easily accessible – win, win!
4. Reconnect with someone //
In person. That’s key. Too often we rely on email and Facetime to connect us to those we love, but what if we made time to get coffee one afternoon or sat down at the park for a good old fashioned conversation?
5. Take time to “be”everyday //
In the busyness of our day to day, it’s so easy to neglect ourselves. Taking time to be still, reflect, pray, have a quiet time or read a good book will not only relax you, but it automatically simplifies your day – forcing you to refocus.
Let me know how you’re living simply this summer in the comments!
Olivia is the voice behind Simply Liv, where she blogs about living simply and authentically, with lots of other fun tidbits thrown in. She from the mountains of Colorado, but is currently putting down roots in the Midwest. I’m a mommy to Evelyn (and another girl due any day now!), a wife to AJ and my weakness is really strong coffee.