Can you remember when summer break was all about hanging out at the pool or spending days at the beach? When you could stay up all night watching television then sleep until noon? As a young working professional, summertime is not quite what it used to be. Now your days are filled with having meetings about that meeting that you’re going to have next week. Or reviewing next quarter’s sales projections.
Let’s change the way we think about summer this year. During these summer months, take some time to unplug and recharge. I have a few tips on how to have a fun-filled summer as a young working professional.
Take time to enjoy life. Sounds simple enough, right? Request time off during the week to just relax. This requires zero planning or even effort on your part. Go to your favorite restaurant for lunch. There’s something empowering about having lunch without time restrictions. If you have children who are in daycare during the summer, pull them out for the day. This would be a great time to visit a museum, park, or stay home and binge watch Phineas and Ferb.
Learn something new. Take on a new hobby or stimulating activity for the summer. Perhaps you want to learn a new craft, a new language, or become a better swimmer: there’s no better time than this summer to get started. While learning something new, you will likely make some new friends along the way: who knows?
Read a book. Do you remember summer library reading programs? Well, why not incorporate one for yourself? In today’s digital age, audiobooks are growing in popularity, so now you do not even have to read…just listen! Think of a couple books that you’ve been wanting to read and set aside some time to read or listen to those during the summer months. Try making this fun by challenging yourself to finish the reading within a certain time frame--Maybe even reward yourself with something once you’re done.
Go on vacation. LEAVE YOUR HOUSE. If you’re at home, you might want to swing by the office to check on things. A change of scenery is a great way to break the monotony. This doesn’t have to be a big elaborate vacation, but perhaps simply taking long weekend trip to the beach or visiting a relative that lives out of town. Take some time to truly disconnect by completely unplugging from work.
Here are a few ideas for relaxing in Greenville:
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About the Author
Nancy Rice is a Project Manager at SYNNEX Corporation. She mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters, volunteers with Upstate Warrior Solution and is currently serving as the Blogging Lead for the Pulse Young Professionals Marketing Committee. Nancy enjoys traveling locally & abroad, golfing, and spending time with her family.