I have to say, each year, summer seems to be getting a little bit better for me. Summer 2016 was terrible. Summer 2017 was almost worse, but in a different way. And summer 2018 left me completely bored out of mind, with a total of .8 friends to occupy my time with.
This summer, I don’t really have any close friends in my hometown, and I still don’t even have a car, but I feel like I’m at one of the happiest points in my life. There a handful of lifestyle changes I have made, and while I definitely feel productive, I’m also giving myself time to relax and catch up on sleep. I’m also at the healthiest point in my life, now that I’ve incorporated a medium-intensity workout into my daily life.
The program I am using is called Body Boss, and so far, I am on week four of the pre-training program. My mom bought the set on Amazon for $100, and although it may seem like a huge investment, I’m actually amazed with the progress I have made so far. This program is definitely not designed for people seeking a low-intensity workout, and it’s certainly reminding me how out of shape I was before I started. The program we bought also comes with food guides and a smoothie recipe book, which I intend on putting to use in the hotter months.
Having an intensive workout routine is actually a lot more fun than I anticipated it to be. I am excited to to wake up and begin my day with exercise, and now that I’m starting to see results, it just motivates me even more and makes me feel amazing about myself. My energy is improved, my sleep is better, and my overall mood is just happy and productive. I guess it is true that exercising can help beat the blues.
Every year since 2015, I’ve had an actual summer job that a company or business, but this summer is different. I think it’s common for most students to work full-time in the summer and then focus on school in the fall/spring months, but in my case, I actually worked part-time on my campus. I haven’t had easy experiences with working, especially since I don’t have a car and I always have creepy/toxic co-workers, no matter where I am. I decided to pursue dog-sitting as a summer job this year, because I still want to make money, but I’m ready for a break after working formally for seven months at school. It’s a really low-stress situation for me, and even better, I get to spend time with adorable animals that won’t talk back to me or offend me! One of the biggest reasons that I want to pursue a career as a freelance writer is because I do have such a hard time getting along with people and managing my anxiety, so if that sounds like you, it might be a good idea to pursue dog walking as a summer side hustle. I’m also trying to save $1000 of my earnings by the end of August, with the goal that I won’t have to go back to my toxic school job to get by. Especially since there’s a good chance I’ll be weaning of lexapro, and that will be emotionally draining, I don’t need extra negativity in my life.
The third way I am keeping myself occupied and productive is with my book club, which I put together myself in March. I love reading, which I’ve stated many times, and I also love being in charge of things and dedicating my time and energy to it. Even if reading isn’t your thing, I recommend finding a niche, club, or activity that you identify with, especially if you’re feeling lonely or bored. I think book clubs are a great way to be social and stimulated, especially in the summer, when you might have the urge to just roll around in bed all day. I’m hoping to find a way to incorporate my book club into this blog, so if you are interested in being a part of that, let me know!
The fourth and final way I am dividing my time is with volunteering, which I would recommend to absolutely everyone. There are so many different fields to volunteer with, and because I love animals, I will be working on a farm/animal shelter this summer. Not only are you keeping yourself busy (and hopefully having fun in the process), you are doing something amazing and positive for your community. I can already say that volunteering has been one of the most rewarding, beautiful experiences of my life, especially since I get to spend it with animals. Volunteering is also very low-stress in regards to commitment, because you generally are able to pick your own hours and regulate the areas in which you would like to dedicate your time.
Those are the top four ways I am beating my summer boredom, making money, and as an introvert, pushing myself to leave the house a few times a week. Like I said, I am really satisfied physically and emotionally with where I am, and I’m so looking forward to continuing this journey of self-love and healthy living. What are you guys’ plans for the summer? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Coming up next: My Summer 2019 Lookbook