How to Plan and Get the Most Out of Your Summer Break

Another year is over and your no doubt looking forward to the next few months of stress-less life. But the Summer breaks inevitably tend to disappear far too quickly, leaving us all wondering where the time went. So, how best to utilize these precious few weeks? Read on for a few tips for planning your time effectively to squeeze every last second out of your Summer holidays.

  1. Cancel Your Netflix Account

Limit the amount of time you spend online in general. Recently the internet has been transformed from a tool that allows us to spend more time on the important things, to a vortex sucking up more and more of our free time.

The time we’ve spent online has tripled in the last decade. As of 2014 we spent and average of 27 hours a week online. That means if you’ve got six weeks off for the summer, roughly one of those will be spent staring at a screen!

  1. Explore

Adventure doesn’t have to mean flying to the jungles of Bolivia. I grew up in Wales and was shocked to realize how little of it I saw while growing up.

Getting to know your local area is a great way to form deeper bonds with friends and make new ones. If the outdoors isn’t your cup of tea, check out listings for local bands or theatre performances in your area. You’d be surprised how many like-minded people there are just down the road.

You don’t have to go full ‘Into the Wild’, but getting out and about at least once a week will help stave off the boredom that can be an all too familiar companion during the Summer months.

  1. Keep Learning

Your brain is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, it will get weak and flabby. Use your time over the summer to read as widely as you can. You don’t have to stay inside, get out in the garden or a local park.

There are also plenty of educational opportunities running over the summer break. Summer camps like those offered by Oxford University are great ways to meet people and will put you in great stead for future work or study. And they don’t have to take up your whole summer. Courses ca range from one day a week to one off events. Just have a look around to find the one that right for you.

  1. Family

The amount of time you get to spend with your family seems to dwindle as each year goes past. Make sure to put some time aside for your nearest and dearest over the summer, they’ll be the ones that will support you in future. They won’t want much. Even a film night or a quick coffee once a week will give both parties an opportunity to help and support one another.

  1. Relax and Recharge

Don’t forget the reason for Summer holidays. You need to recharge your batteries. Doing nothing can be extremely beneficial for your mental as well as physical health. Try and put aside just a day a week to chill a get back in touch with yourself. There are loads of mindfulness apps such as Headspace to get you nice and centred before you embark on the next chapter, whatever that may be.