When the summertime rolls around, there is a great deal of excitement that is just waiting to be injected into your daily experience. What are you going to do with the longer days? Everybody tends to have specific things that they want to do during the summer season. However, it’s too often the summer blows on by and people look back and feel somewhat unfulfilled by the experiences that they had. And while summertime can be overwhelming for mothers with school-aged children, this time is also precious.
So, here are some tips for both you and your children to make the most of your summer:
Set goals and stick with them
First of all, when you are creating a plan for what you want to do with your summer, don’t create goals that are intangible. Find specific things that you want to do and have a specific plan about how you are going to carry them out. Don’t let the things that you want to do blow by because you love to procrastinate.
Find ways to stay active
It can be easy to avoid doing anything that is active during the summer because of how hot it is. However, if you become more sedentary during this time, then you are less likely to get yourself up to do the other things that you plan to do. This might be great if your summer plans are to read an 18-part book series throughout the summer, but most likely you’re going to need the energy to get up and go after the things you want. For this reason, be sure to keep something active in your regular daily routine.
If you need a little bit of extra motivation to get moving, put it in place! Join a gym or an intramural sports team. Enlist a friend to team up with you and support you in your workouts. Make physical activity a family affair by teaming up with another family for a game of frisbee, or teaching your kids some new moves at the basketball court.
What kind of experience do you need?
A lot of things happen to us over the course of the year. It could be that you’ve gone through a really challenging time. Grief, stress, and depression tend to build up over the winter. However, the summer gives us the chance to start anew and seek joy and adventure that clear out winter’s cobwebs.
Oftentimes, it’s in the midst of these adventurous times that you begin to see things clearly and understand what you need. For this reason, consider whether you need to do something like travel, or whether you need to take more time to do good things for other people. Fit the experiences you are looking for to the needs you currently have in your life. And prioritize the things that you really need to do, as opposed to those things that are just easiest that don’t actually bring you any fulfillment (like watching too many crappy movies on Netflix).
Get out of where you know
Every summer, you should look for at least one big chance to get away from where you live and what you know and travel a bit. This could be a camping trip that is only a few hours away, or it could mean leaving the country or continent! Either way, it can be a fun idea to go somewhere that you’ve never been before. Unless you are specifically a major homebody, most people enjoy the thrills of traveling. If you want an easy way to feel fulfilled at the end of the summer, traveling to a new place is an easy way to do that, because it enables you to look back and cross off that new experience with a unique satisfaction. It also means that the summer will feel more full, since our brain tends to pack in more memories when we’re somewhere new.
Find the people to enjoy this time with
Half of the time the best adventures in life don’t necessarily happen because of what you were doing, but because of who you were doing it with. Unless you’d truly rather be alone (if that’s what you need), then find the people in life that are going to help you make the most of your summer adventures. This could be a group of friends you are close with, or your own family. Either way, make the most of the people you are with.