Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer and if you’re feeling a little bit blue, you’re not alone. The end of summer can be particularly difficult for a number of reasons. It signifies the end of fun for many of us. No more leaving work early on Fridays and sitting on the beach sipping margaritas with friends and family. Also, the days will naturally become cooler and shorter.
Here are four tips to turn your frown upside down and keep a “Summertime State of Mind” into September and beyond:
- Continue to have fun, to eat fresh produce from the farmer’s market, to spend time outdoors, to go for walks after dinner and long bike rides on weekends.
- Look forward to apple picking, seeing the leaves change to brilliant hues of orange, yellow and red, sipping hot chocolate by the fire pit, wearing cozy sweaters and boots and dressing up for Halloween.
- Focus on a few personal and professional goals. Take on a big project at work to impress your boss, sign up for a class in a subject you’ve always wanted to learn more about, join a hiking group — there’s no better season for hikes than the crisp, cool fall.
- Revamp your wardrobe. Go through your closet and donate clothing items you haven’t worn to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Give a boost of happiness to someone in need and in turn you will get one too. Click here for a list
The good news is that summer is not officially over until September 21st and fall is never as bad as you think it will be. In fact, it might just be awesome. It’s up to you and how you think about it.