The summer season is here! It means more sunshine and even more fun. It’s the perfect time to tick some exciting adventures off your bucket list.
But do you know you can still enjoy summer in more peaceful ways? It can be retreating somewhere quiet and amid nature or spending quality time with friends on a nearby beach. It can mean indulging in your hobby or eating your favorite summer food.
If you are looking for summer activities that can soothe your mind and give you a much-needed reprieve from a hectic year, then you have come to the right place. We’ve gathered some ideas for a stress-free, reinvigorating summer holiday
Go on a Picnic
Whether it’s with your SO or bestie, a picnic in a quiet park can do wonders for your peace of mind. Even better, choose a location with a terrific view. It can be a mountain backdrop or a glorious lake glinting under the sun. Your eyes will be glad to lay on a pretty sight.
Plus, you will enjoy the idea of preparing the picnic meal. You can include all your favorite food. Make sure to bring fruits that will complete your summer picnic, and you will have an unforgettable day under the sun.
Get comfortable on a comfy blanket and read the latest novel you bought. Let your mind wander off to faraway places and live as someone else for a while. Choose a book you can finish in one sitting.
Embark on a Hike and Watch the Sunset
Take a hike on a trail near you. This will not only give you the exercise you need but also the opportunity to train your mind to live in the present. You can be close to nature while exploring the wonders around you. You might want to bring a camera to snap some awesome shots.
Spend the day in nature, and wait for the sun to set. There’s nothing more relaxing than watching the sunset on your favorite hiking spot. Some might associate endings with sunsets. But watching the sunset is a lovely way to end the day. It means that another day has passed and a new day—a fresh start—is coming. Tomorrow is another day to try harder and be better.
If you want to immortalize that serene moment, you can take photos of the sunset. Who can ever say no to a magnificent sunset photo?
Camp Out Close to Nature
If you’re the adventurous type, you can go on a camping trip with family or trusted friends. This will not only bring you close to nature and remind you of the simple things in life. It can also give you the opportunity to create new memories to cherish.
Set up a tent and cook your food over a makeshift fire. At night, you can build a bonfire and gather around to sing camp songs and catch up with your loved ones. You can go stargazing and look for shooting stars. It will be a gentle reminder that you are just one of the tiny dots in the universe, and there is a vast world out there, waiting to be explored.
You can let your mind rest from pressing thoughts and allow yourself to relax and truly enjoy the moment.
Pick Fruits and Make Ice Cream
Fruits are often abundant during summer. You might want to try fruit picking for some good, old fun. There might be farms near you offering such activity. Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, pears—you name it! You will love picking the fruits fresh from the source.
Just remember to be prepared before the fruit-picking day. Take time to get to know the fruit of your choice. Know when they are ready to be picked. For example, strawberries can be picked when they have turned red. However, if you want them to last for a few more days, you can pick ones that are halfway to ripeness.
If you are wondering what you will do with all the fruits you pick, worry no more! You can turn them into a healthy smoothie for breakfast the next morning. Want a more summer-perfect idea? Try making ice cream! You may do it manually or use an ice cream maker. Either way, it will be a cool way to use the fruits you picked yourself, in more ways than one.
Drive Down to a Beach
What’s a summer without a dip in the sea? Going on a beach trip is always so exciting! Ask your closest pals to go on a drive with you. Make the experience fun by creating a summer playlist to set the mood.
You can choose a laidback resort without a large crowd. This will allow you to unwind and have fun without the noise and the throng of beachgoers. The best beaches are off the trail. You can go on another island where you can set up a beach umbrella with friends and have a hearty lunch by the shore.
Choose a sunny spot on the beach and indulge in a little sunbathing, reading through your latest book haul, and sipping a cold tropical drink. However, way you choose to spend your time on the beach, make sure to enjoy the salty air on your hair and the sand on your feet.
Wrapping It Up
Are you ready to have fun? These summer activities are a great start if you want to brainstorm ideas that can give you peace of mind. Of course, you should not be limited by this list. Your idea of a peaceful summer holiday might have to do with quiet meditation and solitude so you may opt for solitary activities that are enriching for the mind such as taking a long walk on a nature trail, riding a bike, or doing yoga.
You can be as organized as you can be by creating a bucket list or opt for spontaneity and take one summer day at a time. Either way, just make sure you are having fun and getting the peace of mind you are craving.