Everyone always looks forward to summertime. This feeling of excitement doesn’t change just because you’re in college. But, unlike when you were a kid, the summer can occasionally be a letdown if you don’t have any big plans. When young students ask me how to make the most of their summers, I typically recommend traveling or summer internships. Occasionally, these opportunities aren’t feasible and it’s necessary to go to summer school or spend time at your childhood home. While your Instagram feed is filled with inspiring pictures, it’s easy to get summertime sadness. Below are my five biggest strategies for curing your blues and making the most of all your free time.
1—Take a New Fitness Class.
The summer is a great time to get your work out grind. It’s never too late to work on your bikini body. And, you can no longer use the excuse that you’re too busy. Trying a new workout will take up at least an hour each day. It also gives you something to shop for some new activewear to keep you motivated. Make sure to reward yourself every once in a while with your favorite treats.
2—Get a New Hobby.
Develop a new hobby or take up an old one. During the school year, it’s easy to forget about some of your favorite activities. For example, my hobby is portrait photography. My friends and I try to go out and shoot once a week. The extended daylight hours in the summer give us so much time to shoot.
3—Do Community Service.
It is so easy to forget how privileged we are to pursue higher education. It’s not an opportunity that many people in the U.S. and around the world receive. The summertime is a great period to give back to the less fortunate. Many people do this during the school year. But, the summer is a great time to dedicate yourself to a cause. It will give you purpose and allow you to connect with people who have similar interest.
4—Read a Good Book.
Catch up on some quiet time and snuggle up with a good book. From romance novels, mystery books, and sci-fi dramas. There’s an endless amount of stories you haven’t heard and a countless amount of universes they could take you to. If you’re not a big reader, join a book club to help keep you motivated.
5—Stream a New Series.
Didn’t have time to catch up on your favorite shows during the school year? You’ll finally have time to catch up on your favorite series and maybe you’ll discover a new one. Netflix releases a ton of new shows in the summer months. If you find a great series, hold a watch party and invite over some of your friends who are in town.
What do you do to cure your summertime sadness? Comment below with your favorite activities!