Labor Day is less than a week away and summer is almost coming to a close. But just because it’s nearly over, doesn’t mean you should coast into the next major holiday weekend.
Instead, make the most of your summer, since last year was kind of ruined for everyone. Here are some of our best ways to enjoy the final full month of summer.
1. Adopt One New Habit
Habits make or break your life. As Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “Healthy habits are learned in the same way as unhealthy ones - through practice.”
What is one habit that you wish you did that would make your life better? Is it waking up earlier, going to bed at a certain time, hitting the gym every weekday, or something else?
Over the next 30 days, pick one (just one) habit that you think would make a huge impact on your life. Then, use these tips from Psychology Today to give yourself the best chance to make that habit stick:
- Specific your habit (ex. Don’t just say, “I’m going to exercise more”)... Get specific!
- Make the action easy to do, so you’re more likely to stick with it.
- Make your new habit include physical activity, which helps condition yourself through repetition.
- Add auditory and visual cues to strengthen the habit.
Finally, don’t beat yourself up if you accidentally skip your new habit. Get back to your new empowering habit the next day!
2. Start a Side Project
While you have some extra time this summer, why not try starting out a side project (aka side hustle) that you’re passionate about? Thanks to the internet and social media, it’s never been easier to turn your hobby(s) into a profitable business.
You don’t even have to build a website anymore, as you can just use social media. Whether it’s a specific sport you love, fitness, fishing, hunting, trading cards, or just about anything else, there is probably a niche for it.
If your 9-5 job doesn’t bring you a ton of fulfillment, start a side business to fuel your creativity and passion. Starting a side project could help you earn more money, positively impact others’ lives, and maybe make it your full-time business.
If there is something you’re passionate about, I think you owe it to the world to share your gifts with others. There are no downsides either, only potential.
3. Take on a New Fitness Challenge
Sometimes we all need to challenge ourselves.
One of the best ways to do that is a fitness challenge, which usually has a ton of other mental benefits as well. For example, when I did my first sprint triathlon a few years ago, I got into the best shape of my life and had more control over my mental health… specifically, way less anxiety.
To end the summer right, see if you can find a local challenge that you can train for over the next 30 days. Here are some ideas to help you find something you will enjoy but will also challenge you:
- 5K or 10K. If you’ve never run an official race before, start small with a 5 or 10K. If you’re more experienced, see if there is a half-marathon instead.
- Spartan Obstacle Course Race. These obstacle course-style team events are unlike anything you will find at your local fitness center. They have tons of races for beginners to advanced athletes; some through the wilderness, others through mud, and tons of obstacles. This is a great way to bring some of your best friends together for an epic fitness challenge.
- Sprint Triathlon. If you like endurance, see if you can find a sprint triathlon in your area. These are the shortest type of triathlon and usually include .5 miles swimming (typically in a pool), 10K bike, and 5K run. Even if you only have 30-40 days to train, you can make it happen.
Remember, it’s all about testing yourself and creating an epic memory to end summer right. Plus, you never know, you might fall in love with the challenge and make it an annual tradition.
4. Join a League
If you want to meet new people and play sports, why not try to find a recreational league near you? This is a fun way to get exercise, meet like-minded people, and mix up your routine.
Make sure to ask friends and family, post on social media, and check Facebook groups, to find stuff happening near you. Some ideas might include:
- Run club.
- Golf and networking.
- Team sports such as volleyball, baseball, or basketball.
5. Get Outside
Soon enough, winter will be here and so many of us will get hit with cold, snow, and rainy conditions. Make sure to take advantage of the perfect weather now and get outside while you still can.
Here are some great ways to enjoy the outdoors:
- Run a 5K
- Attend horse races
- Take a long evening walk
- Dedicate Saturday morning to weekly hikes
- Pick up a new hobby like golf, tennis, biking, or swimming
- Attend a concert as a lot of big cities are now back with large outdoor venues
6. Connect With Old Friends
Last year left all of us disconnected and stuck talking on Zoom calls. I don't know about you, but I missed human connection and being around other people.
Make it your intention to reach out to 5-7 people who you might have lost touch with in the past few years. Reach out and set up a coffee or lunch to catch up and connect with others.
7. Attend a Game
If you’re a sports fan, last year was really tough as attendance was minimal and some leagues took a huge break. But now that stadiums are filling up again, turn off the TV and attend a game in person. Besides, it’s a lot more fun to watch your favorite team with other fans in a live atmosphere.
8. Try a 24-Hour Digital Detox
A digital detox is one of the best ways to recharge and take a break from technology. According to Web MD, “Research shows that about 61% of people admit they’re addicted to the internet and their digital screens. Worse, that constant connection can also take a toll on your quality of life and overload your senses
Which can lead to all kinds of issues, including:
- Weight gain
- Sleep problems
- Lack of exercise
- Low self-esteem
- Unhealthy eating
- Self-image problems
- Work ethic problems
- Lack of time management”
Needless to say, a digital detox to end the summer might be just what you need to finish the year strong. If you can’t make it the full day, start with a few hours and work your way up. Hopefully, you will notice a positive change in multiple areas of your life and can incorporate it into your regular routine.
9. Host a Party
Now that more and more people are getting together again, why not end the summer with a party? Or, you can wait until Labor Day weekend to throw an “all white” clothes-themed party. Make sure everyone wears all white, have some outdoor games, and a themed menu to make it awesome for everyone who attends.
10. Take A Cooking Class
If you’re struggling in the kitchen, maybe it’s time to ask for help. While there are tons of epic YouTube channels to help men start cooking, maybe an in-person class will give you a confidence boost.
Try to find a local cooking class to help you master a few main dishes. Then you can learn how to meal prep more efficiently and stay in ultimate shape year-round. Not to mention, your friends and family will really appreciate your new skills too.
11. Book a Last-Minute Summer Vacation
Thanks to apps like VRBO and Airbnb, it’s never too late to book a last-minute trip. Use these apps to create a fun- filled vacation with you and your family or friends.
Sometimes it’s best to get away from the day-to-day routine, decompress, recharge, and take a much-needed break. Plus, you’ll probably come back to the real world better than ever.
12. Random Acts of Kindness Challenge
As you know, last year was tough for just about everyone in the world. So many people lost their jobs, cut back on their hours, and other personal struggles. Not to mention, we were all stuck inside, not connecting with each other.
It’s safe to say that we all could use some extra kindness in our lives. Be the spark by taking part in the random acts of kindness challenge. Some ideas include:
- Donate to a food bank
- Pay it forward with coffee
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Fill up someone’s parking meter
While summer is nearly over, make sure to run through the finish line of Labor Day. Use some of these ideas to get out of your comfort zone, mix up your routines, and make some epic memories.