26 summer activities for personal growth

When we think of summer, the images that usually come to mind are of sandy beaches, palm trees against a clear blue sky and fun, lost and lots of fun in the sun. But, how about we upgrade these visuals? The season can also be associated with new experiences and self discovery. The summer months are a great opportunity to work on yourself. Here’s a list of ideas that you can try this summer in order to push the boundaries of your comfort zone, become more mindful and build better habits.


Mindfulness

  1. Try meditation.

  2. Try expressive writing or journaling.

  3. Decluttering your space.

  4. Summer sales can be so enticing, but resist the urge to shop for items that you don’t need.

  5. Go for a walk in nature.

  6. When at the beach, minimize screen time and instead try to be more present and enjoy the moment.

  7. Do a digital detox.

  8. Write an anti to-do list. Compose a list of all the things that you feel like you should be doing, even though they don’t contribute to your personal development and growth.

  9. Beat summer FOMO. With so many summer events and parties going on it’s easy to feel like you might miss out if you don’t attend them all. To overcome this make a calendar and choose to attend just the events that interest you the most.

  10. Overcome the pressure to have fun all the time. Summer has been painted as the season of careless fun, positive vibes and adventures. Guess what? You don’t have to subscribe to this ideal. It’s ok to spend your summer days working on your career or a side project, interning, studying or volunteering.

  11. But also, don’t ignore the fact that it’s summer. Don’t barricade yourself in your office. Take a break from time to time.


Habit

  1. There’s an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies this season. Try incorporating them in your daily diet and build a habit of healthier eating.

  2. Get moving. Try physical activities that take you outdoors, like hiking, running, biking or even yoga in nature. If you live in a place where the summers can get too hot, try doing these activities in the early morning, when it is a bit more cooler. Bonus: In this way, you’ll also get into the habit of getting up earlier.

  3. Practice self care.

  4. Get enough sleep.

  5. Start a summer book list. Remember the reading materials your teachers used to assign you, well school is out and you can read whatever you want now. Okey, school might be out, but work and adult responsibilities are definitely in. So, in order to find time to read and complete your list, start light. If you enjoy the first books you read, you’re more likely to develop a reading habit and stick to it.

  6. Learn to relax. What are the best ways that you can unwind? Which activities are your mental detox?

  7. Make time for the people in your life that matter the most to you. Nurture those relationships.

  8. Seek inspiration. Go to museums, galleries, concerts.


Getting out of the comfort zone

  1. Learn a new skill.

  2. Learn to surf, dive or to do some other type of water sport.

  3. Go to a new country, city or even an area in your own city that you haven’t been to before.

  4. Go beyond your circle of friends and meet new people.

  5. Volunteer for a cause you care about.

  6. Work on a personal project.

  7. Take up a new hobby.


Try one of each category, try them all or make your own additions to list. Make this summer truly your own.