How to Simplify Your Summer

Summer is officially here! Because our Minnesota climate can feel like the frozen tundra much of the year, it is easy to fill these months with as much summer fun as possible. But sometimes these good intentions actually backfire, and we're left feeling overwhelmed, hurried, and stressed. This leaves us with little time to rejuvenate and connect with the people we love. Here are a couple tips on how to find ease this summer:

3 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Summer

  1. Be intentional about setting aside a few weekends just for yourself. Summer is wedding season, graduation season, concert season, travel season, festival season.... it's easy for these three months to whiz right past us. Plan now to have a couple days every month without obligations- no work, no studying for summer classes, no running around- simply enjoy the warmth of the sun and the sweetness of the season.
  2. Make your nights tech free. This is a tough one for a lot of people! Try it as an experiment for a couple nights- after dinner, turn off your phone and computer, and do something to rejuvenate. Have friends over for a bonfire, go out for ice cream, take a sunset stroll around one of our beautiful Minnesota lakes. You might enjoy it so much that you implement it more often!
  3. Write down your summer priorities. What do you want to do this summer? Make a non-negotiable list and put it somewhere where you will see it often. Check in with yourself about whether your schedule and activities are aligning with your priorities. You might find yourself overcommitted to things that aren't a priority. Find ease by cutting back on obligations that aren't serving you.