With Summer On The Way: Activities to Put You in the Warm Weather Mood!
Is there anything sweeter than longer days, warmer weather, afternoons sitting poolside and a more relaxed schedule? Whether you’re a kid or an adult, the countdown to summer is always thrilling.
Summertime is the season for easygoing, outdoor living. It’s also the perfect time to practice self-care or take that long-awaited vacation you’ve been planning for all winter.
There are several ways you can celebrate the sunny months ahead and get yourself into the summertime spirit. Here are 10 activities to put you in the warm weather mood, from home decorating to exercising outside and even setting up a backyard oasis.
1. Make Your Own Fruit Popsicles
Cool off on those ultra-hot summer days with a homemade fruit popsicle. Making them couldn’t be easier.
All you need are molds or paper cups, popsicle sticks and your favorite juice. You might even want to mix flavors or add actual fruit.
Stick your popsicle molds in the freezer for a few hours for a delectable sweet and healthy treat.
2. Curl up With a Summer Read
Avid readers can finally move from their winter reading nook to their patios with a light summer novel in hand.
There are plenty of places to create a new place to read this summer, whether you curl up on your outdoor loveseat, lay back in a hammock or relax in a pool lounge chair. Nobody will fault you if you happen to doze off in a warm breeze.
3. Go for a Walk
Research has shown that people who walk for 2.5 hours per week — or 21 minutes a day — have a 30% less chance of developing heart disease.
In another study, there was a 40%-53% lower risk of premature death in people who walked between 7,800 and 10,900 steps daily.
Summertime is ideal for walking. After being cooped up in your home all winter, it’s good to take advantage of the warmer weather and carry your workout regimen outdoors. Even if you start with short distances, having some activity is more beneficial than none.
4. Plant an Herb Garden
Plants thrive in the summer sunlight. Whether you have a green thumb or typically struggle to keep your plants alive, growing an herb garden is one activity you should certainly consider doing.
Herbs are relatively easy to maintain and can even be grown on your kitchen windowsill. Fresh herbs are delicious when added to various warm-weather recipes during the summer, such as homemade dressings and marinades.
You’ll love the convenience of cutting herbs right off the plant when you’re in the kitchen preparing dinner. It’ll also be satisfying knowing that you grew them yourself.
5. Swap Your Curtains for Sheers
Let in the light by taking down your heavy curtain panels and replacing them with light and airy sheers.
Many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) during the wintertime, a type of major depressive disorder that often occurs with shorter days and less sunlight.
Sun exposure is an excellent source of vitamin D, which improves mental health, promotes healthier bones, helps prevent cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS) and osteoporosis, and aids in diabetes prevention and weight loss.
6. Wake up Early
Try to start your day earlier during the summer. If you’re not typically an early riser and prefer to stay in your pajamas for a couple more hours, sit and enjoy your coffee in front of a window or at your patio table. You might even want to catch the sunrise on occasion.
Waking up early at the same time daily is a great way to kickstart your day and help improve your circadian rhythm for enhanced sleep quality at night.
7. Spruce up Your Outdoor Decor
Celebrate summer by sprucing up your patio decor to create a backyard oasis for you and your friends and family. Add lanterns for nighttime ambiance, garden decorations or comfortable cushions to sit on.
You can also fix up your front porch by adding seating, a bistro table, flower boxes or a summer wreath. Making a wreath yourself is a fun craft project that will get you in the summertime mood if you’re feeling ambitious.
8. Host a Luncheon for Friends
Gather your friends for a summer luncheon. Whether you hold it indoors or outdoors, decorate with light-colored linens and keep your menu fresh with crisp salads and tasty wraps.
Serve up the most refreshing sunrise mimosas to your best gal pals in a champagne flute. You’ll need grenadine, orange juice, champagne, maraschino cherries and an orange slice.
9. Take a Guided Nature Tour
As the weather warms, try something new, such as a guided kayak tour or nature hike. They allow you to explore the natural world with an expert who can provide information about different wildlife and plant species.
Additionally, spending time in nature is a natural mood booster and an excellent way to increase your vitamin D levels, breathe in the fresh air and perhaps even save some money.
10. Visit a Farmers Market
Imagine sweet corn on the cob, juicy honeydew melon, crunchy carrots and mouth watering strawberries — all seasonal summer produce you can buy locally.
As spring leads into summer, you might consider visiting a farmers market for locally grown fruits and vegetables. Check with your town to see when it’ll begin hosting its outdoor shops.
Otherwise, look for art fairs and other outdoor markets to walk around and shop. Visiting local artisans or farmers markets is a great way to give back to your community and boost the local economy.
Summer Fun for Months to Come
Summer’s on the horizon and there are plenty of reasons to get into the warm weather mood. Summer offers plenty of opportunities to indulge in a bit of self-care and spend more laidback time with your family and friends. Try these summertime activities to make you feel like you’re on top of the world this season.
Cora’s passion is to inspire others to live a happy, healthful, and mindful life through her words on Revivalist – wholeheartedly convincing them that everyday moments are worth celebrating. Cora has spent 5+ years writing for numerous lifestyle sites – hence her sincere love for both life and the beauty of style in all things. Keep up with Cora on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
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