With three months of free time ahead it can be hard to imagine the start of the new term at the end of August. However, unflinchingly it will arrive and with it the familiar exclamations of “but I didn’t actually DO anything with my summer”.
Well, worry no more, because here are my top tips for making the most of your summer.
At the beginning of the summer, it’s hard to imagine getting bored of endless days of doing nothing. However, I know this happens frequently. On these occasions make a list of things you hope to achieve or plans you would like to make. Setting small goals like taking your dog for a walk or spending less time on social media can help prevent you from feeling like you’ve wasted your time off. Additionally, take advantage of your relaxed schedule and make plans to catch up with friends or family.
Challenge yourself to get fitter
Taking up a physical activity doesn’t have to mean going to the gym everyday and lifting weights for hours on end. It could mean joining the local swimming pool or signing up for fun classes like yoga or dance. Not only will this improve your physical health, but it will also have a positive impact on your mental health too. If you are considering taking up an activity like this find out if there is an option to pay in advance. That way you’re less likely to make excuses to avoid going as you’ve already paid for it. Finding a friend to go with might make it more enjoyable and motivate you further too.
Be a tourist in your own area
I for one am definitely guilty of sticking to my local areas. Take advantage of the free time you have this summer to rediscover your area through the eyes of tourist. At this time of the year, there are lots of free activities, like tours of museums and yoga in the park. Whether it’s taking a bus tour of an area you think you know or visiting a popular tourist attraction you might just discover something new.
Top tip for saving money: The National Gallery is free all year round! And its exhibitions are heavily discounted on Thursday evenings.
Learn Something New
Throughout the school year it’s easy to claim that you’re too busy to add anything else to an already packed schedule. The long summer holidays are the perfect time to do all of the things that you put off during the year. So if you’re looking for something to challenge you, consider trying out an instrument or learning sign language. If it’s something a little smaller you’re interested in why not read that book that was recommended to you months ago? Or follow up on that Netflix Series you never got around to finishing?
Get a Job
Speaking from experience, I recognise this is easier said than done. However, some businesses require extra people during the summer to cover holiday leave or busier periods. Spend some time creating a CV because while you might not get a job from it this time at least you’ll have a detailed copy on file that you can update as time passes. Offering your babysitting services to neighbours and family friends can also be a handy way to earn some money and fund some summer fun.
Check out our tips for landing a summer job here!
Finally and this one probably goes without saying, but allowing yourself time to relax and just enjoy the summer is definitely important if you want to make it feel worthwhile. So, even if you manage to fill your calendar with new skills and classes or explore your local area, remember to set aside time to relax. Things like putting on a face mask and having a bath are guaranteed to put you in a good mood and help you feel refreshed in time for school.
What are your plans this summer?