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6 Ways You Can Beat the Summer Scaries

Written by Christine Rees

Photo by Tom Grimbert

overcoming the summer scaries

Summer may seem daunting if you’re overly concerned about what you SHOULD be doing over the next few months of your freedom. The summer scaries can be a real issue for just about anybody. Summer is almost here, and you’re about to have a whole lot of time on your hands. So how do you spend it? What’s most important?

If you’re not familiar, the summer scaries are kinda like a months-long version of the Sunday blues. You know, that feeling you get on a Sunday afternoon where you can feel the weight of the upcoming school week fast approaching? The looming dread of summer eventually ending can sometimes overwhelm us—but don’t let it. There are lots of ways to live in the moment and make each day count.

1. Book that friend-cation

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When everyone is away at university, doing their own thing and studying, it can be hard to find the time to catch up. Book a friend-cation far enough in advance that your friends can take off for a few days without affecting their work. It may take a lot of organization, but whether you decide on a cottage, camping, or all-inclusive getaway—find something that allows you all the opportunity to spend time and r e l a x.

2. Stop counting down the days

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Summer will come and go quickly. It’s better not to think about how little time there is to enjoy what’s remaining of the gorgeous sun and warm weather. Get out there and just HAVE FUN ALREADY.

3. Make that money

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Let’s face it, college and university cost moola. Whether you are paying for tuition, rent, textbooks, food or simply a night out, those costs add up—fast. Summer is a great time to earn the cash you’re going to need next year! There might not be time to rake in that dough while you’re studying, so use the summer to save. Why not get a job working at a restaurant, coffee shop, or retail store? It doesn’t have to be a job you intend to work forever. Fatten your wallet with a job you can crush this summer and then leave in your rearview.

4. Family time

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Despite what you might think—now that you’ve had a taste of freedom—spending time with family can impact your mood in a good way! The rest of the year will be spent cooped up at the library studying on your lonesome, so encourage that family bonding time while it’s available. Besides, these are the people who are rooting for you to succeed!

5. Summer fling, anyone?

kissing during sunset
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This is definitely not mandatory, but it can be fun to have a date for beach days, pool parties, and BBQs. Don’t let the summer scaries prevent you from pursuing a brief romance!

6. Rest and relaxation

woman sitting on a beach reading, avoid the summer scaries
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Now is the time. You don’t need to be in a constant state of busy to experience the highlights of summer. Rest and relax before the cyclone of school takes over again. Focus on yourself for a while with a bit of self-reflection. Is there anything you want to work on or improve on yourself? Take the opportunity to seriously think about it.

The summer scaries can hit everyone differently, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your summer. There are so many things you can do to take your mind off of the dwindling summer days. Now, go enjoy your freedom!

READ MORE: 10 Ways To Stay Productive This Summer.

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