5 ways to make the most of your summer

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I can't be the only one out there who gets mid-summer anxiety. As I realize the summer is half over, the panic sets in..

"Only 1 month left of summer, what about all those things I wanted to do!!"

"How am I going to fit it all in?!?!"

Feeling as though summer is slipping through your fingers is not enjoyable, but yet each year I always end up feeling that way. 

Ultimately, this worry is pointless. It won't make your summer better or more satisfying. YOU need to be the one who takes hold of these precious days and maximize their awesomeness. 

Below are 5 ways to make the most of your summer and shake that mid-season anxiety.

1. Explore your backyard

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This past christmas my parents gifted me this gem of a book. 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia has an endless supply of local adventure inspiration. We often forget that just beyond our backdoors here on the lower mainland are mountains on mountains and trails on trails waiting to be explored. Exploring the backcountry and nature surrounding your home cities can give you a new appreciation for where you live, and make for some fun summer experiences. It also offers a more affordable and time friendly getaway option too should you choose to do an overnight camp. 

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2. Document your adventures

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My GoPro has been one of the best investments I have ever made. I originally bought it to document my underwater free diving adventures, but now I take it absolutely everywhere with me! It takes amazing quality photos and videos. It is perfect for nature photography as it has a slight fisheye effect. Sunsets and mountains have never looked so good! 

When you document your summer adventures, you have something more tangible than memories to remind you of how rad your summer was. Photos allow you to share your life and experiences with others in a personal way. I really enjoy sharing my adventures on instagram. I love that one day I will be able to look back and be reminded of this time of my life. If you end up inspiring your friends to get outside more that doesn't hurt either :) 

3. Sweat

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Summer is a time when we drink just a little bit more beer, and ice cream dates become more frequent. It is easy to let the hot days become an excuse for not fitting in exercise. Trust me, I am no exception! Exercising in the summer doesn't need to consist of stuffy gyms or sweltering hot long runs. Here is a short list of my favourite ways to sneak in exercise in the summer. 

  • Hiking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Biking with friends 
  • Swimming in the ocean and lakes

Keeping a moderate exercise routine throughout the summer will help you feel your best all summer long, and give you more energy for those long adventure filled days! 

4. Hydrate 

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I know this may sound like a broken record, but it is SO important to make sure you are drinking enough water. Especially in the summer, as we lose more water when we sweat! 

Our bodies are composed of 60% water and it is required for every cell in our body! Dehydration can cause brain fog, loss of concentration, headaches, fatigue and just an overall feeling of bleh. Did you know that 75% of north americans are chronically dehydrated? That is a ridiculous stat considering drinking more water is the simplest and most affordable thing we can do for our health. Coffee, tea and pop act as diuretics and cause you to lose more fluids, making it especially important for caffeine fiends to drink more water. 

The average adult requires about 2-3L of water a day. If you have a hard time drinking lots of water try adding some lemon and cucumber slices to your water bottle! 

 

5. Relax

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Summer can be an exciting time with lots of adventures, BBQs, music festivals, parties and more. All these are super fun, but can also become pretty draining. While summer days are long and warm, this is the perfect time to cut yourself some slack. I find naps become more of a regular occurrence in the summer. With no academic obligations and more time on my hands, I try and find a little bit of time each day to just "chill out". Lazing around on the beach, reading in a hammock, napping in a tent, or just lounging around in bed and watching netflix are all perfect ways to get your zen on. 

 

 

How do you make the most of your summer? Let me know in the comments below!!

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