Get Ready for an Inspirational Summer

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When we think of summer productivity, much emphasis is given to the “what” to do to make the most of your summer – including internships, summer jobs, and traveling – but it’s also important to consider the “how” – how to emphasize the importance of taking action and doing something meaningful with your precious summer time. Here are my tips to have an inspirational summer.

Take care of your physical and mental health.

Although an important factor in making sure to make the most of your time is to be active in doing things that you care about. But it’s also important to take care of your health, which is the foundation of your well-being and should also be a priority when planning your summer time. Eat well, get plenty of exercise, take a break from the computer, and do things create physical, mental, and social well-being. Although the summertime can be used to be active in internships and other activities, make sure to leave some time to relax and take care of yourself – this will not only help you prepare for when school starts in the fall, but also to make the most of your summer activities.

Consider your goals.

Think about your future career and educational aspirations: what do you want to do? What is important to you (including values, activities, and aspirations)? What will help you get there? Once you’ve considered that, think about the activities that can help you get there. Maybe an internship will allow you to gain the necessary experience for your career. Or taking a summer class can help you get a certification. Or simply, maybe you opt to not do any educational or career activities, but instead choose to dedicate more time to improve your creative portfolio. It’s about considering your unique goals and what exactly you need to do to reach them.

Have a positive attitude.

Although often dismissed, simply having a good attitude can go a long way. Having a positive attitude can open your mind and help you see things more clearly. Every morning when you wake up, think of at least 5 things you’re glad to have in your life or that you’re proud of yourself. Maybe you passed an exam you’ve studied hard for or you’re proud of your family or how you treat others. It’s about finding the good in your life. Although sometimes taken for granted, having a good attitude can help you keep healthier relationships, get more job opportunities, and simply feel great about yourself. Having an open mind can help you explore ideas that you hadn’t thought of before which can benefit you and your future career.

Do what inspires you this summer.

Inspiration is the key to motivation, and can also serve as an outlet for stress. While we don’t always have the time to do recreational things, try to accommodate them according to your schedule. Find things that you’re passionate about – maybe partaking in photography or playing a sport. It’s about doing something that keeps that spark of inspiration within you.

While taking actual action is important to make the most of your summertime, it’s also important to consider the “how”, and how your actions will have an impact on your life, well-being, and future. So now get set, and go have an awesome summer!

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