4 Ways to Beat the End-of-Summer Blues

Yes, it’s true — summer is coming to an end. And as sure as the day is long, the sun will set on yet another epic season of sunshine, sandals, and sangria. As the days of carefree adventuring draw to a close, you want to be sure you’re ready for the changes coming your way. You’ll be much happier being well-prepared than suddenly shocked when the season comes to a screeching halt. Here are four ways you can beat those end-of-summer blues.

1. Mark the calendar

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Beat the end-of-summer blues by planning fall trips | iStock.com

Although beach vacations and cross-country road trips are fading into the distance, there’s a whole new list of fall adventures to be had, reminds Parents. Think a weekend getaway or a trip to a local apple orchard. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by the return to full work weeks with no sign of sun ahead. Make some plans, take advantage of any long weekends in the near future, and request a random mid-week day off here and there. Not only will you have something to look forward to, but you’ll be helping yourself to stay healthy and avoid burnout.

2. Use this time as a fresh start in your career

It may seem hard to justify working harder as a priority just as you’re coming off of the lazy days of summer, but it will benefit you in the long run. Just as you’d begin a new school year each September, now is a perfect time for a fresh start and a rejuvenated outlook. An Entrepreneur article explains a person can become encouraged, at least from a boss’s perspective, by increasing their level of responsibility and authority, if they deserve it. If you set your sights on a promotion or commit to being laser focused on improving your performance in the office, you’ll have plenty to work for. Not only will your mind be taken off the fact that summers’ over, but you’ll also have new goals to work toward.

3. Do some soul searching

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Find what makes you happiest | iStock.com

At this point in your life, you’ve probably come to realize what makes you tick. Your life as a full-fledged adult has likely lent itself to a variety of memorable experiences, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to be learned. You can always grow more as a person, that’s for sure. And what better way to spend your late summer down time than by doing a little soul searching? Take some time to discover, or rediscover, your passions. If you figure out what you love and why you love it, The Huffington Post says, you’ll get those creative juices flowing and will be able to overcome the summer blues.

4. Take a “staycation”

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A “staycation” in a camper on the water | iStock.com

You’re probably familiar with the term, but have you ever actually taken a true staycation of your own? If so, then good for you. If not, well, the end of summer is just the time to really relax and appreciate the lingering days of the season. Reader’s Digest recommends taking a day of pure laziness at home, but you can also kick it up a notch. Is there a favorite bed and breakfast of yours around the corner? Spend a night or two there just reveling in the peace and quiet. Or, if you have a camper, park it somewhere picturesque, and make soaking up the sun your only responsibility for the weekend. But whatever you choose, be sure to plan the whole thing ahead of time. No chores, cooking, or anything of the like should be done during your staycation. Make it yours so you can bounce back from summer totally recharged.

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