After a very busy schedule this year, I’m taking a bit of a break. It’s important to give yourself a chance to “recharge your batteries,” so to speak. As I wrote in the second part of my book, Making Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever, you need to give yourself a tune-up whenever you feel run down, to rejuvenate yourself physically, mentally, spiritually and socially.
As I wrote: “You are made up of more than just your physical body. Your mind also needs rest and rejuvenation, and so does your soul. You need to find the time to rest, relax and, most importantly, to laugh. Find that place that gives you energy, and take the time to go there an visit ‘with yourself.’ Discover ways to be a human being, not just a human doing.”
I find the best way to do this is to treat yourself to the outdoors. Go for more walks and bike rides. Go camping. Pick up a new sport. Or my personal favourite, take a swim. Especially in this hot summer weather, I’ve found that a pool is the best remedy.
Summer is also a time of trying out new things. If you have some time on your hands throughout July and August, why not donate more of it to a charitable organization? There are plenty of organizations that need your help. Go online and look up an issue you care deeply about. Is it the environment, human rights, poverty, animal rights? Soon enough you’ll learn about a group in your area that shares your interests. Everyone is too busy in September to start anything new. So now is the time.
Canada Day was this week. July 1st is a day that allows us to recognize how lucky we are to live in a free country. It also renews our commitment to making Canada – and the world – a better place. In a society like our own, we are so empowered with the ability to make change in our communities and throughout society. It would have been a waste to let another Canada Day go by without giving something back to the country that has given so many of us so much.
At the beginning of every school year, I plan out the next nine months and the goals I want to accomplish. Why not do the same for summer? We only have two months, and we should use them to the best of our ability. Who says we can’t beat the summertime blues? There’s so much to do, and time is far too previous to waste during those warm days and nights of summer.
“Together We Can Make a Difference”