35 Ways to Make the Most of a Summer

In England, summer has gone before you’ve even realised it’s arrived. Before long it’s back to the seemingly perpetual drizzle and winter coats weather. However, today the sun is shining! Instead of moaning about it like I usually do (I’m ginger, what can I say?), I’m going to focus on making the most of the summer and our current good weather.

Here are some of my ideas:

  • Rise early – 5-7 am is such a lovely time of day during summer
  • Notice all that’s beautiful around you
  • Stock up on all you need for Pimms: lemonade, pimms, mint, apple, strawberries, orange (or whatever your preferences are)
  • See the sun rise and set on a single day
  • Have a holiday or retreat at home
  • Notice when life improves
  • Don’t make excuses to worry or criticise
  • Find a local wood or area of nature
  • Fill your freezer with ice creams
  • Reflect on what you’re grateful for
  • Stretch
  • Write down the story of your life so far, or that of your parents or grandparents
  • Meditate
  • Let go of emotional pain
  • Daydream
  • Beautify your feet: exfoliate, moisturise, trim toenails then paint them
  • Find silence outdoors
  • Write letters
  • Don’t forget the suncream
  • Memorise a poem
  • Barbecue
  • Pay attention to the stars
  • Visit a library for garden reading material
  • Care for yourself as you would a friend
  • Live slower
  • Get a language learning book
  • Journal
  • Get your pasty legs out
  • Care for plants
  • Invite family and friends over
  • Think of three goals for the next day, week, month, year, and ten years
  • Nap
  • Eat all of your meals outside
  • Make your own ice lollies
  • Drive to the beach

Summer afternoon…Summer afternoon… the two most beautiful words in the English language. – Henry James

It's good to meet you! I started Tolstoy Therapy back in 2012 to share my healing journey through anxiety and PTSD with books. I also climb mountains, go on solo adventures, and write over at livewildly.co.

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