Growing up in a lakefront community, I have vivid memories of long, lazy summer days spent on the lake, boating, swimming, and fishing by day, then napping on a hammock and watching for fireflies as the sun set late in the day. I've carried those memories with me into my adulthood, and although I no longer live at a lake, I still find ways to create that same summertime magick that I'll share with you here.
benefits of lazy summer days
Before getting into my favorite summertime tips, you may be wondering whether it's worth making the effort. Aren't long, hot days enough of an enjoyment in and of themselves? Well, actually, the summer heat and longer days can actually wreak havoc on our schedules, making commuting to and from work hot and sticky or falling asleep at night almost impossible. The kids are off from school, so we often have to add day camp into the schedule or find other means of childcare if both parents work outside the home. There are festivals, fairs, family gatherings, and vacations to plan - all leading to a super busy time that zaps our energy instead of revitalizing it.
The good news is that by carving out just a little time for rest and relaxation during the summer months, we can reap the rewards well into the future. By using this time to reduce stress and load up on the bounty that the summertime has to offer, we can head into the shorter, colder days with a stronger immune and nervous system, warding off colds and illness.
To make the most of these long, hot days, we first need to cover some basics related to food, water, and shelter:
lazy day ideas
As I said earlier, the summer can slip away in a heart beat if we get caught up in all the planned activities. But don't be dismayed, carve out just a little extra time with these ideas below (not arranged in any particular order) and you will reap the rewards many times over:
enjoy the magick of summer
However you can, take a few moments every day to enjoy this magickally abundant days of summer. When the winds turn and the cold air beckons us to cuddle up indoors, you'll be happy you did.