We all know that spring cleaning helps us feel refreshed and recharged, but summer is a wonderful time to bring fresh energy into your life as well.
Summer is invigorating because we’re outside more in open spaces and new environments. It’s a welcome change from being inside our home, work, and/or school. So in this article I want to share some ways you can bring that excitement into all areas of your life with a summer refresh.
Lets discover some ways to feel mentally and physically refreshed this summer and maximize the good feelings that summer brings.
How to do a Summer Refresh Without It Feeling Like a Chore
These ideas are meant to make you feel good, but if you try to do everything all at once you’ll just set yourself up for disappointment. Instead, take the ideas you like and create a menu of activities that you’ll try.
Remember, everyone’s taste is unique, so it’s important to explore activities that resonate with you personally. Incorporating these practices into your routine can contribute to a more balanced and fulfilling life.
When you order at a restaurant you don’t usually order a dish you don’t like and force yourself to eat it, instead you just order the things you’re in the mood for or that sound good. Treat these activities the same way. See how you feel in the moment and try what feels good.
However, make sure you’re not just doing the same thing everyday if your goal is to shake up your routine. Challenge yourself to try new things.
12 Ways to Feel Refreshed This Summer
1. Create a Fresh Morning Routine
Start your day with intention by creating a morning routine that incorporates activities like meditation, journaling, or reading. This can provide a calm and positive start to your day, setting the tone for increased productivity and mental well-being.
Get free guided meditations on my Youtube channel.
See my favorite personal development books that have really improved my life.
2. Revisit Your Goals
Use the summer months to reflect on your goals and aspirations.
Evaluate where you are in terms of personal and professional growth and make necessary adjustments. Set new goals or revise existing ones to ensure you’re moving forward in a direction that aligns with your values and passions.
Whether it’s learning a new language, taking up a creative hobby, or pursuing a fitness target, setting goals gives you a sense of purpose and motivation, boosting your overall well-being.
You can even use this time to get a jump start on next year’s goals. Imagine getting to the new year and realizing that you’ve already made massive progress on the things you want to accomplish!
3. Engage in Mindful Practices
Incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. Practice deep breathing exercises, engage in mindful eating, or take short breaks during the day to bring your attention to the present moment. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and improve overall mental clarity.
Take time to reflect on your thoughts and emotions through journaling. Write down your experiences, aspirations, and challenges. This practice can provide clarity, promote self-expression, and serve as a therapeutic outlet for your thoughts and feelings.
Try out these morning journal prompts.
5. Engage in Creative Outlets
Explore creative activities that stimulate your mind and foster self-expression. This could include painting, playing a musical instrument, writing poetry, or engaging in crafts. Engaging in creative outlets can bring joy, boost self-confidence, and provide a sense of fulfillment.
Great options are paint by number kits, here are a few that I like:
6. Take a Digital Detox
Consider disconnecting from technology for a while. Designate specific periods of the day or week to unplug and enjoy some screen-free time.
Instead, engage in activities like reading books, engaging in conversations with loved ones, practicing mindfulness, pursuing creative endeavors, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the present moment.
7. Connect with Loved Ones
Create meaningful connections with family and friends. Spend quality time with loved ones, engage in heart-to-heart conversations, or plan social gatherings. Strong social connections contribute to emotional well-being and provide a support system during challenging times.
8. Practice Self-Care
Prioritize self-care activities that nurture your mind, body, and spirit. This can include practices like taking relaxing baths, practicing self-compassion, getting quality sleep, taking early morning walks, or indulging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
Here are 30 self-care ideas to reduce stress.
9. Upgrade Your Living Space
Sometimes making a small change in your home decor can make the space feel fresh and exciting. Whether it’s fresh flowers, throw pillows, wall art, rugs, bedding, or even a new color on the walls, there are lots of ways to update your home without spending a lot.
10. Try New Activities
Summer is a great time to try new things. Consider taking up a new hobby or sport that interests you. It could be anything from learning to surf, playing a musical instrument, practicing photography, or joining a sports team. Exploring new activities can bring excitement and a sense of adventure to your life.
11. Plan a Getaway
If you have the opportunity, plan a vacation or a weekend getaway. It could be a beach trip, a camping adventure, or exploring a new city. Traveling allows you to break away from your routine, discover new places, and create lasting memories.
12. Volunteer or Give Back
Consider dedicating some of your time to volunteer work or giving back to your community. Find local organizations or charities that align with causes you care about and contribute your skills or services. Helping others can bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose to your life.
You may also enjoy this list of 50 Summer Bucket List Ideas, there is a free printable checklist too.