5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Summer

In our youth, Summertime meant freedom. It was three-months to hang out with friends or go on family vacations without a care in the world. Time for play, sun and swim. No obligations, no bills to pay or families to support. However, as we get older, when 9 months of school changes to 12 months of working and our worries start piling up like old magazines, we forget to take the time to refresh ourselves like we did as youngin's and it's time we did something about that. Here are 5 easy ways to get the most out of your Summer. photo: Brian Auer

1. Get Active!: Exercise doesn't have to be laborious and now that the weather has brightened up, go outside and get some fresh O2. There are oh so many ways to break a sweat in the great outdoors and have fun in the process. Ride a bike, play frisbee, volleyball, or soccer. Anything that gets you out, gets you moving, and boosts those endorphins!

2. Socialize: Go out with friends, family or to meet new people. Summer is the time to be spontaneous and allow yourself to have some fun. Socializing is an excellent way to increase happiness and self-confidence, not to mention the absolute best way to network and maybe find that perfect job.

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3. Try new things: Summer is the perfect time to try new recipes and new foods. So go ahead! Try that new restaurant you've been dying to go to or cook up an unusual farmer's market find. With the abundance of fresh produce in these warmer months, the possibilities are endless.

4. Stay sunblocked: Gone are the days of baby oil and 4 spf. We all want that sun-kissed summer glow, but not at the price of our health. The best is to wear at least 30 SPF and bring a hat in case you will be in prolonged sunlight. You can still achieve that healthful glow, without being burnt to a crisp. Your skin will thank you...as it will be around and youthful for much longer.


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5. Make time for a personal project or hobby: With longer hours of daylight and often times shorter hours in the office, Summer is a great time to start something that's just for you. What makes you happy? Where do your talents really shine? Give yourself the "me-time" to do those things and you will be surprised at what you can accomplish and how gratifying it can be.

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