Treatment for Those Late Summer Blues
This week I have been hearing about sadness about the end of summer sneaking up on us. I look at the calendar and see that school starts in three weeks, and I know that in many parts of the country it starts sooner than that! Meanwhile, dusk is arriving sooner. Last week I wrote about back to school jitters. This week I want to address the fact that it is still summer! As I said to one young client, what do you want to do with this part of your summer? There’s a wonderful poem by Mary Oliver, The Summer Day, that ends with the lines, “Tell me, what is it you want to do with your one wild and precious life?”
That might be too grand a thought, but maybe not. Summer, leisure, pleasant times with our families, these are all things that we need to plan for and grasp when we can, just as we need to grasp the summer days while they are here.
So, is there something that you have wanted to do with your children (or without them) that you can still fit in? What means summer pleasure and leisure to you? What would you be sad to miss come October? Can you manage to fit it or something like it into your life?
Here are some of the thoughts that come to my mind:
Going to the beach (ocean or lake)
Bike riding in the country or through a park
Canoeing or kayaking
Going to a summer release movie
Working on a jigsaw puzzle, or playing a family game
Spending an entire afternoon reading
Going to an amusement park or water park
A trip to a zoo
A trip to a museum (Many public libraries lend out membership cards to decrease the entrance fee)
Going to an outdoor concert, movie, or play
Lying in the grass and watching clouds go by
Swimming, playing in surf
A visit to a fine ice cream place
Fried clams (in my part of the US)
Some of these take a day; some take much less time. The point is to find enjoyment—on your own and with your family. Make sure that you find a few times when you can say, I really wanted to do this, and I am doing it! Living a healthy life involves balance and finding pleasure in the midst of busy-ness.
Good luck with this. I would be happy to hear from you what you plan to do. For myself, I’m going to the shore for a few days.
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