Beat the Summer Blues

Summertime is a wonderful time of the year, the kids are out of school, teachers are on break, the sun is shining, and there is always so much to do. The downside is if you work full time, you can feel like your summer is passing you by! The summertime blues are a real thing, but luckily, I’ve got some tips to help you beat the summer blues, even when you work a full time job and don’t have a lot of vacation time.

Let’s face it, seeing everyone living their best life on a tropical island while you’re in the office can be downright depressing. Seeing kids at theme parks while you can barely afford a walk in the park isn’t fun either. But, before you stay down about it the rest of the summer, check out these options for beating the summer blues.

  • Schedule a “me” day. This involves no friends, unless you want to try coordinating with someone you’re close with, and it’s focus is everything you want to do. Take a sick day, we’ll call it mental health day, and go out for a manicure or pedicure, get a massage, sit in the tub for a while, whatever it is you want to do and enjoy to do, make time for it. This is a perfect tip for those working a full week or moms or dads running around doing everything for their kids and not having much time for themselves. Make “me” time and chase those summer blues away.
  • Create a new tradition. Plan ahead and set a weekend, maybe Labor Day weekend, to create a new tradition with your friends or family. It can be a family BBQ or one last pool party to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall.
  • Get outside. We all need Vitamin D to stay happy and healthy, so make sure you’re getting some of it, even if you work all day. Take a bit of time during lunch to head out or take a walk in the evening or morning before you head in. You’d be amazed what a good walk can do for your mood.
  • Make plans with friends. Yes, I know, I know, you’re super busy with catching up on everything on the weekends, but trust me, those chores can wait. If you can plan a day during the weekend with your friends to head out to a water park or check out a local waterfall, DO IT! Have some outdoor fun, and enjoy the season.
  • Look ahead to fall. If you love fall weather and are just trying to get through the summer, don’t fret, it’s almost there. Plan ahead your fall decorations and maybe start putting together some fun fall activities for you and the family to participate in.
  • Try a stay-cation. I wish we all could afford to jet off to Bermuda for a week in the summer, but if like me, that’s just not financially possible for you right now, then try something a little bit cheaper. A stay-cation is a great way to get away for the night, while not leaving your town or only going an hour or two away. You won’t have to buy a plane ticket, and you can likely get a deal for being a local. If you don’t belong to a reward program with a hotel, now would be the time to start, those points can add up and help you with your stay-cation for next year.
  • Take yourself out for ice cream. It’s a simple thing, but nothing says summer like fresh ice cream. Whether you prefer the rolled kind, the fro yo filled with toppings or a fancy artisanal flavor that you can only get at this little hole-in-the-wall place, go ahead and treat yo self! You deserve it, and even if you’re focused on health goals and keeping up with your beach body, one ice cream cone isn’t going to hurt. Enjoy the summer vibes.
  • Spend a day at the beach. Nothing says summer like the beach, and if you’ve been struggling to get that summer time feeling, go out to the water. The beach is one of my happy places, and there’s nothing better than hearing the sound of the waves. Everything is so much clearer out near the water.

I hope these tips on how to beat the summer blues help, and that you can find some fun activities to help get your spirits up. Don’t forget, a fun activity can be seeing a movie or reading a good book. My suggestions for a good movie are Spiderman: Far From Home and the Art of Racing in the Rain comes out in a few weeks, it has Milo Ventimiglia and dogs, why wouldn’t you go see it? As for a good book, I’ll be putting out a list of my favorite summertime reads that I’ve gone through this summer in a couple of days, keep an eye out for it!


Learn to Paddleboard

If you live near the water, go out for a few hours and learn to paddleboard. It can be great fun for vacation, a new hobby or just to try something new.

Beach Bag Must-Haves

Hey y’all, warmer weather is here! I don’t know about you, but I am always looking forward to a beach or pool day, and that means having everything I need in my beach bag. So here are some of my beach bag must-haves, if I forget anything, let me know in the comments below!

Beach Bag Must-Haves:

  • A good book. I’m a bookworm, so part of the appeal of a beach/pool day is getting to crack open a book and read uninterrupted for a couple of hours while also working on my tan. You can go with a Kindle book or a real book, I personally prefer Kindle in the fact it is easier to travel with, and they now have one that is waterproof, yasss.
  • Sunscreen. This needs to be applied liberally throughout your beach day, and I usually bring two types, one for my face specifically, and one for the rest of my body. Also, the spray ones really don’t work, so it’s better to go with a liquid one.
  • Water. Gotta stay hydrated out in the sun! Plus, you’ll need something to alternate with the beer/alcoholic beverage of your choice that you’ll also be drinking.
  • Beach towels. Again, I usually take two, one to lay on, and one to use as a pillow.
  • Chapstick. It’s not winter, but your lips will still get dried out, so you’ll want to make sure you have some of that on hand.
  • Beer or alcoholic beverage of choice. A necessity for a relaxing day lol.
  • Hat. Whether you prefer a baseball cap or a wide-brimmed one with a cute saying, either will do to help protect your skin.
  • Snacks. No beach trip is a success without some of your favorite snacks for when you get hungry.
  • Shades. Gotta have those sunglasses on-hand at all times in the summer.
  • Hair ties. It never hurts to have an extra scrunchie or two on-hand at the beach. You may start out with your hair down, but for most of us, that doesn’t last long.



Of course, there are some items that you’ll want to bring depending on if you’re doing a solo beach trip or one with friends. If you’re flying solo, you may want some headphones to listen to your music, whereas with friends, you may want a portable speaker instead. Now get on out there and enjoy the sun!

Plan a Beach Weekend

Even if it’s just for one night in a couple of months, plan a beach weekend. Plan on driving down, packing a cooler full of food and drinks, a swimsuit, and find a cute, affordable place to stay. This little vacation will do wonders.

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