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The best 2023 summer bucket list for mental health

The best 2023 summer bucket list for mental health

Summer is a time to relax, but it can also be difficult to keep up motivation. You might not want to go outside or spend time with friends and family because you just want to stay in your PJs all day. As the weather gets warmer, so do our spirits! So here are some things that will help you stay motivated throughout summer. The best 2023 summer bucket list for mental health

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Be in the sun and get a tan

Get a safe tan.

If you’re going to be in the sun, make sure it’s safe for your skin. You want to avoid burning and don’t go out too much if you are pregnant or have a medical condition like diabetes or hypertension. Don’t forget about sunscreen!

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Go on a road trip

If you’re looking for a new adventure, consider taking a road trip. Road trips are always fun because they give you the opportunity to travel, see some new places and meet new people. They can also be quite therapeutic as well—especially if your aim is to relax after work or school by getting away from your routine for a while.

Whether it’s with friends or family members (or even just yourself), there are lots of ways that traveling could help with mental health issues:

  • It helps build up self-confidence by exposing yourself to different cultures and experiences.
  • It encourages creativity by providing an outlet for artistic expression through photography, writing poetry or music (and yes—there’s nothing wrong with having some alone time while on vacation).
  • It gives people an opportunity to sit down together at meals instead of eating out at restaurants every day while they’re traveling around together through different parts of America/the world!
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Try new hobbies

If you’re feeling a little stuck in your day-to-day routine, try something new. Maybe it’s painting or baking. Maybe it’s writing in your journal on a regular basis again—or at least trying to write more often than once every few months.

If you want some ideas for what activities might be right for you, here are some options:

  • A new hobby that interests you! Maybe this means joining an art class at the local community center and making something (like a painting) from start to finish; maybe it means learning how to play an instrument; maybe it means learning how to cook some food from scratch using recipes from magazines and cookbooks; maybe even just spending time reading about various aspects of life as we know them today via books instead of watching TV shows or movies! Whatever route takes us closer towards our goals without sacrificing our sanity along the way will work wonders upon our spirits both now and later down future years too.”
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Read a book you’ve been meaning to read

If you’ve been meaning to read a book for a long time and haven’t gotten around to it yet, now is the perfect time. You can find something new and exciting that may help you deal with your issues or just be an entertaining read!

You can also get yourself into a reading slump by waiting too long between books. It’s easy to let the days go by without setting aside the time necessary for reading—but if this happens, try making sure each day has at least one hour dedicated toward reading (and preferably more). This will help ensure that you don’t wait until late into the evening before picking up something new from your “to-read” list.

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Spend time with friends and family

Spend time with friends and family.

Spending time with your loved ones is one of the most important things you can do, not just because they’re the people who make up your life, but also because it will help you build friendships that last. You don’t have to be an extrovert or social butterfly by any means—just spend some time talking with them about what interests you in life and try new experiences together!

Go outside and enjoy nature.

Go outside and enjoy nature.

The best way to find peace of mind is by spending time in nature, whether it be a park, zoo or beach. Even if you don’t have access to these places right now, you should still make time for some outdoor activities that will bring joy into your life—even if they’re just walking around your neighborhood. And don’t worry about getting sweaty! Just remember: the more fresh air we breathe in each day the better off we’ll be mentally!

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Spend time at the zoo or aquarium.

If your schedule is tight and you don’t have enough time to travel, the zoo or aquarium is the perfect option for a summer bucket list. It’s an excellent way to spend time with friends and family, get outside and enjoy nature at its finest. Plus, seeing animals in their natural habitat can be really special!

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Take up an art class or try your hand at photography or crafting.

You’ve always wanted to try a new craft or art class, or maybe you just want to brush up on your photography skills. Either way, now is the time!

  • Take up an art class: There are tons of options out there for all kinds of artists—from watercolor painting and calligraphy to basic drawing and sculpture. If you’re unsure where to start, ask friends or family members who have experience in these fields what they recommend. If that doesn’t work out too well (or even if it does), check out YouTube channels like Pinteresque where artists share their knowledge on everything from how they make their own clothes (yes!), how they learned about color theory…and also just general tips for getting started as an artist yourself!
  • Try your hand at photography: Taking photos isn’t just about snapping shots with Instagram filters anymore; these days there are apps available everywhere that help users edit their photos before posting them online so everyone else can see them better than ever before! Whether this means editing out unwanted objects from frame lines like those pesky flies buzzing around outside during lunchtime at school today…or adding some background music into otherwise silent scenes…it’s all good fun when done properly 🙂
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Listen to music without judgment!

  • Listen to music without judgment!
  • Listening is one of the best ways to feel good, whether it’s a song or an album. But be sure not to listen too much or you will get tired of it quickly.
  • If your favorite type of music makes you feel good about yourself, then go for it! You can even try new things if they make you happy and excited about life in general (like listening to an instrumental version of Michael Jackson’s “Bad”).

These are some things that can help you stay motivated throughout the summer and keep your mind healthy.

  • Make sure you have a bucket list of things to do.
  • Don’t forget about your mental health! Make sure you’re taking care of yourself during this time.
  • Try something new and challenging, like learning how to cook or running a 5K race in the heat of summer. You’ll feel good about yourself when it’s over!
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There are so many things you can do during summer to stay healthy and happy! We hope that this list has given you ideas for how to keep yourself in good spirits. If you’re looking for more ways to stay positive, check out our other articles on happiness, mindfulness and meditation.

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