How to make the most of the summer

Now that we are well into June it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to make the most of the summer. You don’t want September to roll around and realise that summer has just passed you by. So don’t suffer from FOMO, instead, take inspiration from our list and make this a summer to remember!

How to make the most of the summer

Go to the park and have a picnic

This is the perfect excuse to use that fancy picnic basket you bought in a spur of the moment shopping spree (I speak from experience!). Fill it up with salads and treats and enjoy a lazy day in the park. You can even do this on your own. Bring a good book with you and laze under the shade of the trees.

Volunteer for a good cause

Most people have a little more time over the summer months. With the longer evenings, it’s easier to give an hour or two to a charity that is close to your heart. With people going on holidays, your chosen good cause may need people like you to cover shifts etc. It’s also a great way to meet new people and enjoy that warm fuzzy feeling you have when you help others.

Pamper yourself

This doesn’t have to involve an expensive spa, you can enjoy some pampering within your own home. Call the girls round, get the face-masks on, make yourself some summer cocktails (mojito anyone?) and enjoy a good catch up!

Take a weekend off social media

A major source of summer FOMO is scrolling through Facebook and Instagram and seeing all your friends away on holiday or at a festival. When was the last time you spent some time away from social media and just enjoyed your own company? Vow to delete the social media apps on your phone for the weekend and just enjoy the present.

Get a tan

57% of women say a tan makes them feel better about themselves. Why not treat yourself to a spray tan and enjoy the boost of confidence? Plus the summer is the perfect time to root through your closet and find summer clothes that you have forgotten all about. It’s time to strut with your tan and newly found summer dress as if you’re on RuPaul’s runway and you’re about to lipsynch for your life!

Invite friends over for a games night

Is your social life stuck in a rut? Do you and your friends go to the same pubs and nightclubs? Why not change it up and host a games night in your place? It doesn’t have to be super competitive (one of the best nights I’ve ever had was playing rounds of Doh Nutters, I swear!).

Go to an outdoor event

I’m not talking about a major festival – there are loads of local events and unique festivals that take place during the summer. Head to your local tourist office and see what takes your fancy!

Make a weekly date with friends

Wouldn’t it be an accomplishment if you spent the summer catching up with all your friends? Why not take the time and organise a date with a different friend each week. It’s the perfect time to reach out to friends that you may have lost touch with. You could find that your social calendar for the Autumn suddenly full with new events!

Do some DIY

We all have projects that we’ve been putting off all year. Now is the time to put that Ikea desk together, or fix that fence in the back of the garden. YouTube has videos for every possible DIY task you could think of and you’ll feel like a total boss that you fixed or created something yourself. Plus you can put that money you saved from not paying someone else to do it and put it towards your summer holiday. Win win!

Cycle a bike

When I was a kid I loved the summer because it meant I could hop on my bike and cycle to new adventures every day. When was the last time you cycled for pleasure? There is nothing fun about cycling to work as you’re ducking and swerving to avoid buses and taxis. So why not hire a bike and just go for a leisurely cycle. One of my favourite things to do in Dublin is to hire a bike and cycle around the Phoenix Park (hey if it’s good enough for Beyonce!)

Read a book

A good summer read is a must when you’re on holiday! We’re all so used to just bingeing on mediocre Netflix shows it can be refreshing to get caught up in a good book! Here are some Summer 2017 recommendations. If you’ve any book recommendations, make sure to share them in the comments below!

Go to a tourist attraction

I know it’s cliche to say, but you really should try being a tourist in your own city. So many times we take the place we live in for granted and never see the amazing things it has to offer. For example, I’ve been living in Dublin 7 years and only recently went to the Little Museum of Dublin. It was amazing! I highly recommend you go on a Sunday and go to the Stand Up History of Dublin tour given by Abie Philbin Bowman. Abie is hilarious and makes Dublin’s history so accessible. So find a tourist attraction and see your city through new eyes!

Go Vegetarian or Vegan for a weekend

If you’re like me, you make the same few dishes constantly. Why not experiment and try something new. Going vegetarian or vegan will challenge you to try new recipes. Plus it also gives you the perfect excuse to go to your local farmer’s market and support local artisan food producers.

Keep a photo diary or vlog

If you really want to make yourself try new things over the summer, why not keep a photo diary or start vlogging. This will make you try new things and go to new places. You’ll also have the perfect way to keep your summer memories alive long into the future!

So how are you going to make the most of the summer? Are you going to try any of these suggestions? Let us know your plans in the comments below.

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Sinead has three passions in life - blogging, books and booze. She is the owner of sineadsocial.com, a website that helps new bloggers build and grow their own blogs. She runs a monthly blogger meetup in Dublin through GirlCrew Bloggers.

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