Contributor: Saffron & Sage
Photographer: Sarah Shreves
Summer is often the favored season amongst many individuals. This is a time where most people take a vacation, spend time outdoors, and lead a more active lifestyle. According to Jacquelyn Howard, a Science Editor at Huffington Post, there has been a study that links time outdoors to improved mood. We also receive vitamin D from the sun’s rays, which helps promote normal growth and development for our bones and teeth. Since we find ourselves doing more activities this season, it may be a good idea to start a “summer to-do list”. Summer is the season of exploration and expansion, so feel free to include any “to-dos” that involve achieving self-growth.
Here’s a list to help you get started:
Practice selfless service
Take time out of the day to pay it forward. Kimberly Yam, an editor at Huffington Post, claims that experts say performing acts of kindness can ultimately elevate your mood and increase optimism. Keep in mind that happiness is contagious. Once you perform a good deed, that person is more likely to help someone else. Some selfless service acts include complimenting a stranger, feeding the homeless, getting the bill for the person behind you in line at a coffee shop, and participating in any sort of volunteer work.
Swim in the ocean
The sea is a magical, therapeutic body of water that we often take for granted. This summer, we suggest you dive in. Feel the sense of freedom wash over you as you drift on your back, letting your worries wash away.
Take a road trip
If you plan on taking a trip this summer, skip the plane ticket and make it a road trip! You will see far more beautiful things along the way. If you’re traveling solo, take a journal. You will look back and be proud of yourself for getting out of your comfort zone. The adventure is in itself.
Treat yourself to a cleansing facial
With each new season, it is recommended to get a facial. Hydration is key during the summertime, so we suggest aiming for a facial mask that will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.
Attend an outdoor concert
Music makes the heart happy, and dancing boosts endorphins. Psychology Today recommends focusing on creative expression, but to avoid critical thinking. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful for an extra confident boost.
Think of this list as a “should-do” instead of a “to-do”. After all, summer is for relaxing and taking life one day at a time. If you do achieve all of the items on this list, we hope you feel lighter and brighter than ever before. Remember to immerse yourself in your surroundings this season. Doing so will help you shed layers and put down protective barriers that once held you back. But most of all, be sure to savor each and every moment. And don’t forget to have fun!
What’s on your Summer To-Do List? Comment below!