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Summertime Sadness

Summertime as a child was magical.  It was bursting with possibility, camps, friends, staying up late, swimming, and visits from or to the grandparents, just this huge sunny void waiting to be filled with fun.   As an adult it has become increasingly clear that summer puts a lot of strain on parents and caretakers.  Adults slip into the role of fun producer, snack maker, meal buyer and maker, trip planner, camp chauffeur…, often while working full or part time.  The end result is exhaustion.  Even without children, the fun of youth is but a distant dream. Adulting requires us to maintain a job, do laundry and house work, do the shopping, cooking and the list goes on.  

I got that summertime, summertime sadness
Su-su-summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh
-Lana Del Ray

As the days get longer and very, very hot, how can we inject some of that summertime magic from our youth into our very adult lives?

Read a book for pleasure

Many adults read magazines, listen to podcasts or even listen to recorded books, but there is something magical about reading a book yourself.  A frivolous, delectable, just for you, story.  Reread a series from your youth, read a book you have heard about online, read a romance novel, a mystery, a horror story or a rom-com.  Used bookstores and libraries are great treasure troves.  There is nothing better than getting your hands on a book for a few dollars or at the library, for FREE!

The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.
-Polly Horvath
Get your sweat on

The weather is hot and sticky, but it is still so important to get outside for a little while each day.  Even if you sit in the shade, being outside will make you feel better, plus you are getting free Vitamin D.  If you are going out during peak daytime hours, make sure to wear sunblock or spf clothing, a hat and remember to stay well hydrated.  If you are a person who runs, walks, bikes or does their workouts outside, try and plan your workouts during the early morning hours or as the sun is going down to take advantage of cooler temperatures.  

One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.
-Jeannette Walls
Get some rest

Vacations are expensive and might not be in the budget this year, but planning a staycation, camping trip or a visit to friends or family may be manageable.  Even a weekend of doing nothing and just resting at home is a wonderful luxury.  Download a movie, order in food to go and just chill.  Buy a kiddie pool, pull up some lawn chairs, make a fun playlist and relax. 

With the evenings getting longer it is tempting to stay up later and later, but it is important to maintain a healthy sleep schedule.  Even if you slightly change your sleep and awake time during summer, try to make it as consistent as possible.

A little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about. -John Mayer
Love the skin you're in

The diet and workout industry are out in full force trying to sell you gimmicky diet plans and workouts to shed the COVID quarantine pounds.  Because you cannot possibly be happy the way you are.  You couldn’t possibly want to get into a bathing suit until you hit some predetermined weight.  Lies!  Buy a new suit if last year’s doesn’t fit.  Eat healthy because it is good for you, workout because it is good for you physically and mentally, let the end goal be health, not a number on the scale.  Remember, don’t compare yourself to images that have been shot in extremely flattering light, edited and filtered.  It isn’t real.

Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. -Louise L. Hay
It is important to remember that even though the sun is shining and everyone in the summer magazines are wearing dazzling smiles, you might be struggling physically and/or emotionally.  That is okay, it is part of the journey.  We are still here for you every step of the way.  Wake up, put one foot in front of the other and try to find a little joy in everyday life.  That in itself is self care in action!
As always, we thank you for trusting us to be a part of your journey.  


With much love and support,

Team SG


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