Beating the Summer Blues

Tomorrow is the first of August and I haven’t been to the beach yet. My normally sparkling tan is practically non-existent. Laying out in the sunshine during the summer is one of my favorite pastimes. Yet, it has rarely happened this summer. Why? Because this is the first summer I’ve worked full-time.

summertimeWhile I’ve had part-time summer jobs since I was thirteen, this is the first summer I’ve worked full-time (also known as my first summer as an adult). I will not complain about trading my bathing suit for a blazer since many are without jobs. However, it can be annoying to see others around my age hitting the beach or going for a mid-day swim while I’m in my cubicle.

As young professionals, working during the summer is something we have to accept and become comfortable with. Or else we will absolutely lose it! After reflecting on summer 2013 so far, here are some tips I came up with for combating the summer blues.

1. Fun is not just for the summer: Sure, there are a lot more enjoyable activities to do outside during the summer. But the opportunity for fun presents itself during all seasons. Try not to focus so much on the time of year but rather what activities are available for you and your friends to try out.

2. Take time off: I repeat: Schedule some time off during the summer! Maybe you can’t afford an actual vacation. That’s not an excuse to work all the time. Plan a stay-cation and go bast in the sunshine. No matter how busy summers are at work, I promise you can work with your supervisor to get some time off. You won’t feel like you’re missing out and you’ll come back to work recharged.

3. Take a walk: Yesterday after I picked up my lunch, I took a quick walk around the block. It was suchbeach a beautiful day that I couldn’t resist. I was away from my desk for 15 minutes and I can guarantee no one missed me. I took advantage of the perfect summer day and felt better when I returned to work.

4. Use time wisely: As tired as you might be on the weekends, don’t waste away on your couch in the air conditioning. Get outside and get moving! Plan day trips with family and friends. Try something new that you never thought of before (hello 5K!). Don’t mope around complaining about “missing summer” when you’re sleeping away the free time you do have.

While summer is nearing its end, I have a bunch of fun things planned in August, including time off! How do you survive summer at work? Is it actually harder than the other seasons? Share your thoughts!

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3 thoughts on “Beating the Summer Blues

  1. Sam July 31, 2013 at 10:28 am Reply

    I’m in the same boat. This is the first summer that I have worked full time, but I actually enjoy being busy at work. Sometimes I wish I could just sleep in and do nothing all day like my friends, but then I remember the experience that I am getting at my job is invaluable. When I am interviewing for my next job, I will be happy I put in the time now. Besides, I start work at 7, so I am off by 4 at the latest. That gives me of plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine during the late afternoon!

    • Alex Crispino July 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply

      Thanks for reading and sharing! I completely agree; it is totally worth it now. I also get some flexibility with my hours and that has helped me enjoy more sunshine!

      • Sam July 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        And, I am glad I am not stuck at home all summer with the rest of my friends complaining how bored they are working crappy jobs waiting tables or ringing groceries. lol.

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