Virginia Beach, Va.
Summertime has a special feel, doesn’t it? Maybe the way we feel about it goes back to our school days, when summer meant a break from teachers and homework. It meant long, lazy days for play: bike rides, softball or maybe even a swim in a neighborhood pool.
Back in the northeast, summer was a welcome season, one in which we didn’t have to think about those long, cold, grey days of winter and snow. If you were really lucky, you’d be invited to visit family or friends at their summer “cottage” on one of the Finger Lakes. I might have been five or six years old when I got to do that, but my memory is very vivid. The doctor who lived and worked across the street from my father’s office/apartment invited us to their “cottage.” I don’t remember where it was, maybe Canandaigua Lake. But I was taken with the rustic nature of the property, the trees, the water and dock, And the smell– a little mildewy. I remember unpacking brown bags of groceries and walking barefoot down to the dock.
As far as I can remember, we only went once, but the memory is embedded. Ever since, though, I’ve had a romantic view of summer cottages.
Summer will soon draw to a close, but we’ve still got some weeks left to enjoy the ease of this season. Here are some reminder on how to make the most of the rest of your summer.
Tips for summertime easy living
Pick at least one day week to do absolutely nothing productive. Which is to say meditate, listen to calming music, read all day. Spend time in nature. Listen to the birds sing. Write in a paper journal. Play with a pet. Paint your nails a fun summer color. Stay off devices. No TV. Certainly no news. Don’t babysit grandkids, either. This is ‘me time!”
Limit chores. If you normally cook seven days a week, make it four.
Take naps. Better if it’s outside. If you meditate, do more. If you want to start, try an app: Calm or Headspace are two good ones.
It’s a beach!
Take beach time. If you live near the water, take a weekday drive (against commute) to enjoy morning at the beach when everyone else is working. The pleasures of retirement or vacation time!
Meet up with an old friend
It’s always fun to take time for someone whose company you enjoy.
No makeup. Let your skin breathe as you breathe. If you normally do the full out beauty routine, take a day a week off. Au naturel.