Rev Up for a Fantastic Summer

As summer approaches, your thoughts focus on what you’ll be doing as the weather warms. You think with pleasure of the upcoming possibilities: barbeques, picnics in the park, outings to the beach, frolicking with your family and pets in the back yard, an exciting vacation, and more.

But how are you going to muster up the energy to add all these fun activities into your already busy schedule? After languishing in the cozy house all winter, just thinking of this flurry of activity tires you out!

Try these tips to pump up your energy for summer fun:

  1. Make a commitment to yourself. Look in the mirror and make a vow that you’ll take part in more activities this summer. You’ll worry less about keeping the house and yard in meticulous form and doing the laundry and washing the car on the same days every week. Commit to enjoying a summer full of interesting recreation.
  2. Consider your options. Your kids want to take that 4 hour trip to the new theme park at least once. Your partner wants both of you to join the local boat club and go boating twice monthly. You’ve got one friend who wants you to take golf lessons with him and another who hopes you’ll attend a monthly art discussion group throughout summer.
    • Ponder the type of recreation you’d like to be involved in. Take time to consider which proposed activities you’d enjoy the most. Which activities really call to you?
  3. Get your energy flowing by exercising now if you didn’t start early in spring. To increase your energy levels, try a brisk walk outdoors every day. With your doctor’s blessing, increase your walk by 5 or 10 minutes each week until you reach 45-60 minutes. As you walk and increase your speed you’ll notice you’ve got more energy and stamina to face the day.
    • You’ll be full of vigor by the time summer rolls around.
  4. Use positive self-talk to mentally prepare for activities. Making statements to yourself like, “I’m looking forward to spending more time with my kids this summer” and “I will make an effort to stay in good physical shape so I’ll have more energy” will ensure you maintain a positive mindset and continue putting in effort to have the best summer ever.
  5. Converse with your partner. Hear their ideas on what they want to do this summer. Share your wish to be more actively involved with your loved ones and friends. Make some plans together to enrich your relationship while you enjoy the weather and have fun.
  6. Have gratitude. Recognize you have your family, friends, and health How lucky are you to have the choice to spend more time engaging in activities you love with your family? Very lucky. Look forward to the summer with gratitude in your heart.
  7. Reflect on your efforts. Because you’re changing how you’ll approach life this summer, give yourself some props. Stoking your energy to have an active season while continuing as a busy parent and worker is quite a feat. Yet, you believe enjoying some time with the people you love when the weather is beautiful is worth your effort.

Summer is about to arrive. Isn’t it time to re-invigorate and enjoy a fantastic summer? Vow to embrace your fun-loving side. Think about how you’d like to experience some new and different recreation this season. Exercise often to increase stamina. Practice the cognitive strategy of positive self-talk to pump up energy and prepare for lots of summer activities.

Talk to your partner about both of your wishes as the weather heats up. Recognize what you have and be thankful for it. Start now to get revved up for the summer; you’ll enjoy your best season yet this year!

Why Not Get Your Bucket List Together?

You probably first heard of a “bucket list” (a list of things you want to do before you die) after watching the movie, “The Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own bucket list?

If you’ve been putting it off, maybe now is the time to put pen to paper (or use your computer) and start your list. Doing the things you’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to, can be incredibly fulfilling!

Inspiration for Generating Your Own Bucket List

Let your mind go. Give yourself the freedom to think about all the things you’ve always dreamed of doing. Then write them down.

Take a look at these sample bucket list items to find inspiration for your own list of things to fulfill before you “kick the bucket.”

1. Travel to Tuscany to take cooking lessons.
2. Learn how to knit or do woodcarving.
3. Re-read, “War and Peace” and “Great Expectations.”
4. Volunteer for a mission in Haiti.
5. Go a whole week without television.
6. Take your sister on a surprise trip.
7. Go to a musical on Broadway in New York City.
8. Give a $50 bill to someone who looks like they need it on Christmas Eve.
9. Tell your high school English teacher how he made a major impact on your life.
10. Write a letter to a soldier.
11. Hike at least part of the Appalachian Trail in the U.S.
12. Visit all the state capitals in your country.
13. Learn the Japanese language.
14. Camp out overnight in the back yard with your children.
15. Fly first class just once.
16. Get down to your goal weight to see what it feels like.
17. Take a vacation alone to a place you’ve always wanted to go.
18. Go on a road trip with your family.
19. Spend a week at a health spa.
20. Go vegan for a month.
21. Cook every recipe in your favorite cookbook.
22. Take those guitar lessons you’ve always wanted to get around to.
23. Walk 2 miles a day five days a week for three months.
24. Learn to operate a sailboat and then go sailing.
25. Tell your brother he’s the best brother in the whole world.

Free yourself to daydream. Include your greatest fantasies. Think about what you’ve always wanted to do – take trips to your favorite destinations, experience something you’ve only read about, or accomplish something of substance in your life.

Fulfilling the Items on Your Bucket List

After you’ve made the list, the only thing to do is go for it. Each week or month, strive to carry out an item on your Bucket List. Then, cross it off your list. You can add to your list as you think of other activities you’d like to do before you’re no longer on this earth.

There’s nothing like a bucket list to remind you what it’s like to really experience everything life has to offer. You’ll become infused with energy and excitement at the idea of achieving another activity on your bucket list. And you’ll go through experiences that you never thought you would, just by having a bucket list.

Start your bucket list today. Doing the things you’ve always wanted to do will inspire you to live your very best life. With your bucket list, you might be compelled to discover an existence you’ve only fantasized about.