Activities for Summer

We all have our favorite summer activities, whether that’s going for a long walk or spending the day gardening, these are hobbies that can only be fully enjoyed during summer. If you’re ever feeling bored on one of these summer days or just want to expand your list of hobbies, here is a list of summer activities that may spark your interest. 

  1. Outdoor Yoga

Yoga is an invigorating yet relaxing workout that you will look forward to implementing in your everyday routine. Though this workout is typically practiced indoors, taking it to your backyard or the park is the perfect way to enjoy a summer day surrounded by nature. Not to mention that practicing yoga outdoors is a natural mood booster.

  1. Hiking

Hiking is a nature immersive hobby perfect for individuals looking to be active and travel. This hobby will take you to many different places with spectacular  views. If you are looking to get into hiking, searching for your closest state park is the place to start. These parks have sights that capture the beauty of nature, and are especially beautiful during summer when the plants are in full bloom.

Parks and Hiking Trails in Lake Geneva 

  1. Kayaking

If you want to spend a day out on the water but don’t have a boat, kayaking is the way to go. This hobby does not require a license and is easy to learn. There are options to rent kayaks when you go to different lakes, or you can invest in a kayak. There are even inflatable kayaks that are easy to assemble and transport from place to place. Overall, kayaking can take a boring day to a perfect summer day on the water. 

Inflatable Kayaks

  1. Eat outside

For laid back days, taking your meal outside can make a huge difference. There are many advantages to being outdoors while eating your meals. Not only are you changing up your regular setting, but you are also reducing stress and boosting your mood just by being outside. This little change in your routine will bring excitement into your summer days. 

  1. Bird Watching

Bird watching is a hobby that some love and others dislike, which is exactly why you should try it out. You’ll never find out if you genuinely enjoy it if you never try it! Bird watching takes you to a variety of places, which makes this hobby perfect for those who love to travel. If you end up enjoying bird watching, it will keep you entertained for years. 

  1. Gardening

Once you start gardening, you’ll never want to stop. Whether you have a small yard, a huge yard, or no yard at all, you can still find a way to garden. Since you have complete control over how you want your garden to look, it’s a great way to personalize the outside of where you live for everyone to see. Not to mention that it has many health benefits since it reduces stress, is a moderate-intensity workout and is a form of therapy. Overall, this is a feel good hobby that you can only enjoy during these warmer months. 

How to Reduce Stress in your Life

Stress is common to go through no matter who you are. Whether you are stressing over when you will have time to go get groceries or something way more serious, stress pops up in many different forms. Being stressed is a normal part of life as long as you don’t let it consume your every thought. If you’re struggling to cope with stressful things in your life right now, fear not because here is a list of things to do to help you reduce stress in your life:

  1. Make a List

Lists are super helpful in allowing you to regain control over your life. It helps people to regroup and prioritize when dealing with a lot at once. When making lists you can also add dates to help you keep track of when things are due and also add encouraging quotes to remind you to stay calm even when feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Go for a Walk

Sometimes just getting outside and stepping back from everything in your life is all you need. A little fresh air gives you time to go get exercise while also allowing your mind time to process everything going on in your life.

  1. Take a Bath

Baths always help the body destress in stressful times. If you aren’t big into baths though, find another way to pamper your body. You could simply get a new haircut or go and get a massage. Finding ways for your body to release tension can really impact your overall mood.

  1. Talk to Someone

People usually forget about this simple solution. Many feel as if they are burdening others when they speak up or that their struggles are insignificant in comparison to others, but people are allowed to express themselves and not feel guilt. Whether you talk to a friend or family member, sometimes it is helpful to just get things off your chest. 

  1. Find a New Hobby

A new hobby can help direct your attention on something you enjoy doing. When life gets hectic and you feel like you can’t control anything, find something you can control like your new love of gardening or your newly created workout routine that you are dedicated to working on. Find something that either challenges you or something you simply want to learn more about.

Stress can often cause us to struggle every now and then, but realizing that you are stressed and then reducing the amount will help you in the long run. If you are still feeling extremely stressed after trying a few of these stress reducers, maybe you need to take a little break from some things and people in your life. Remember that there are always professionals that you can reach out to and chat with as well to help you create a personal plan to destress your life.