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Simple Changes to Welcome the Summer

Updated on June 23, 2020
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I am a summer lover. I love the long days, the walks on the beach, the light clothes, and how everything looks better in the summer.

Photo of my daughter walking along the beach. Taken last year.
Photo of my daughter walking along the beach. Taken last year.

With the warmer days at the door, it is natural that little by little, we begin to change the heavy winter fabrics for cooler, lighter and brighter pieces (even if it means having to tremble when, unexpectedly, a brief burst of wind).

It is not long before we receive the hot season, and the truth is that the way we adjust our habits to reflect changes in the seasons can reveal something more profound about how we are connected. This is because the different seasons affect all areas of our lives - what we eat, the way we dress, and what we do in our free time to have fun.

It can be truly enriching to shape our daily habits according to a season. Later on, we may even look back and realize that what at first was just a simple habit, turned out to be a kind of tradition that we no longer intend to give up.

As the days get longer, welcome the new season with arms - and windows - open, changing small moments in your routine. In doing so, you will discover a new vitality in your daily life. And when the summer of next year arrives, you will be eager to be able to bring about these seasonal changes, full of joy!

Replace your kitchen dishes!
Usually, when the seasons change, the style of meals we usually eat also changes (no one wants to eat soup when it's 30 degrees outside!). We prefer lighter and faster dishes to prepare, while we value even more a refreshing drink.

And if you are one of those who also do not give up their morning coffee - and who can not wake up without having a very strong cup of this drink before - you will know that your Christmas snowflake pattern cups are in need of being replaced by something more summery. , colorful and floral. It is that with the maximum temperatures rising more and more and with the increasing desire to dive on the neighboring beaches, the “hot” winter dishes no longer make sense.

To refresh your morning routine, change your cups, (we all have crockery that we never use), keeping the heaviest winter patterns on an upper shelf and making your items lighter, fresher, and more accessible.

Create a capsule wardrobe
It's time to pack your boots (except those you can also wear in the summer), scarves, fur coats, and hats. Choose some of your lightest pieces to alternate week by week, in order to obtain an economical way to enjoy the spring/summer coordinates. Creating a capsule wardrobe will help you save time - and money. You just need to use your imagination and good taste to make your looks shine every day.

Change house decoration!
It's time to pack up all your winter decorations: blankets, pillows, candles, and other decorations that inspire cold days. Spread fresh flowers around the house and decorate the room with scented candles and floral pillows. Opt for light and neutral fabrics to make your home more beautiful and comfortable.

Make the most of the end of the day.
As the weather warms up and the days go on, spending more time outdoors starts to make more and more sense. Change the cup of hot tea at dusk for a walk after dinner. Instead of eating in the living room or at the kitchen table, clean the furniture on the balcony and enjoy eating outdoors. Better: on weekends, have a family barbecue or picnic.

Start gardening to reduce stress!
Believe it or not, gardening can be the key to a happier and more relaxed lifestyle. According to recent reports, it can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, in addition to providing physical benefits. It is believed that contact with the earth can elevate a person's mood while improving their immune system. If you want to improve your mental, physical and emotional health this summer, go out and do a little gardening, it may even be just taking care of the little plants you have in the balcony pots.

Sleep!
It is essential that you try to fulfill your hours of sleep as much as possible. That means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. As a result, you will feel healthier and have more energy to create even better memories throughout the season.

Smile!
Like breathing, smiling seems too simple to have an impact on our health. However, some surprising research has revealed the opposite. Body expression experts have found that smiling helps to reduce the downward spiral of sadness, as the unconscious also understands body language.

Today, the choices we make about how we can spend our time go far beyond what our ancestors could imagine. However, the greater the freedom, the greater the responsibility. Sometimes, the simplest gestures are the most transformative. Think about it.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Manuela

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    • Riffat Junaid profile image

      Riffat Junaid 

      12 months ago from Pakistan

      Nice article Manuela, I'll enjoy more this summer by following your tips. By the way I don't like summer so much.

    • Nela13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Manuela 

      12 months ago from Portugal

      Thank you Robert Sacchi, I am glad you liked the tips.

      I always go to the beach too, Angel Guzman, but just just like you, this year I don't know.

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      Angel Guzman 

      12 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I have a nice garden of tomatoes, eggplant, strawberry, and bell peppers Great advice and I always include the beach however with Covid-19 I am very nervous this year :(

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      13 months ago

      Thank you for the tips.

    • Nela13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Manuela 

      13 months ago from Portugal

      Thank you Nella, I am Glad you liked it.

    • Nella DiCarlo profile image

      Nella DiCarlo 

      13 months ago from Guelph, Ontario

      I enjoyed your article. Great tips!

    • Nela13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Manuela 

      13 months ago from Portugal

      Thank you Linda, gardening is indeed a very relaxing activity for summer.

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing your ideas. I like all of them. I especially welcome the thought of gardening as the summer approaches. Summer can be a beautiful season.

    • Nela13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Manuela 

      13 months ago from Portugal

      Liza, a lot of people love the Fall, i also like it, it is a season full of colors. Thank you.

      JC Scull thank you, obrigada pelo comentário em português. :)

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      JC Scull 

      13 months ago from Gainesville, Florida

      Verão a temporada para rejuvenescer,

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      Liza 

      13 months ago from USA

      Hi Manuela, my favorite season is Fall but, I do like summer as I can change a few things inside and outside my house. Summer is when I can sit outside on the porch, reading while sipping my favorite drinks such as iced coffee and fruit smoothies. I do like to change decorations inside my house to create a different ambiance. Thanks for all your suggestions.

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