The “lazy days of summer” I referred to in my last post don’t seem to be coming around as quickly as I would have liked.Â Instead, I am having some “crazy days of summer” – running around too fast, too far, and missing perfectly good summer days around here!Â In thinking about how to slow down and capture those delicious, slow, long days of summertime I have been compiling a list of ideas.Â Thoughts about how we can all slow down and enjoy this season:
- Check email less often.Â Maybe just once in the morning and once at night will do?
- Instead of posting about your comings and goings on Facebook – get offline and actually experience them! Consider implementing media-free days for yourself
- Go to the library and stock up on books: fiction, non-fiction, coffee table books, magazines.Â Having lots of reading (and “looking”) material on hand might encourage you to actually sit down and relax!
- Make eating easy.Â Check out my post on healthy summer eating.Â For some simple summertime recipes check out Produce for Kids.
- Say no.Â Showers, parties, open houses, and birthday celebrations can be fun – but they can eat up time like nobody’s business.Â Be picky about how your spend your time and practice saying “no thank you” if need be.
- Keep a list of fun activities handy.Â I’ve known several families who keep a list of fun, relatively easy activities nearby so if they are ever at a loss of things to do, they can simply check their list.Â Ideas might include: a local hike, a trip to the zoo, a picnic in the park, pizza at the pool (one of my faves), a midnight movie, and so on.
- Do something new.Â It’s so easy to get into ruts and routines so rigid that we never try new things.Â Summer, with its zillions of activities, can be a wonderful time to try new things.Â Pickleball, anyone?