After months of finals, papers, meetings, and studying, summer is finally here! Your vacation should be spent rejuvenating both physically and mentally. Whether you are preparing for college or heading off to the “real world” in a few short months, these relaxation ideas will renew and revitalize you.
1. Start a Meditation Practice
Need an instant pick-me-up? Meditation is your new best friend. The practice of training your mind to release stress or tension is not only healthy, but it will also set you up for success when you go back to the dorms this fall. A professionally led class can be a great way for beginners to understand how it works and to establish a practice, but if there are none available in your area, download a meditation podcast for a self-practice that’s accessible anytime, anywhere.
2. Begin a Summer Bucket List Mission
If you’re the active type, write out your summer bucket wish list and get to it! It could include visiting museum you’ve been dying to go to or having a picnic with your friends. Big or small, include it all—you’ll be amazed at all that you can accomplish in three short months.
3. Bring the Beach to Your Backyard
The beach is the ultimate destination for relaxation. But if you’re far from the coast or your budget doesn’t allow for a road trip to the ocean, bring the beach to your backyard! First, purchase an inexpensive lounge chair that is comfortable and portable (try to find one that could be reused in your dorm room as seating for maximum year round benefits). Next, pack a bag of beach necessities such as a good book, some sunscreen, and a fruity summer drink. Finally, take yourself to the nearest water feature. That may be next to your little brother’s kiddie pool or by a small lake or pond. Even if you cannot swim in it, just being by the water will revive your spirit.
4. Take a Course for Fun
After 10 months of sitting in a desk year round, your mind is probably desperate for a break away from required coursework. However, just because you’re not forced to attend a class doesn’t mean you have to stop learning this summer. You can find great relaxation in enjoying a new subject that you have wanted to take. Many universities and community colleges use the summer to showcase “fun” or “fluff” classes like beginner guitar, level one languages, or film studies.
Bring along your friends to that art course, set up a regular beach day with your high school buddies, or meet up with your roommates to check off your summer wish list. Whatever you do to relax this summer, make it a vacation that will reconnect you with your goals and center your mind. With fall around the corner, it’s time to make the best of your time off. How do you plan to relax during the summer?