If you’re like us, you’re longing to squeeze every last drop out of summer before autumn (read: shorter days, cooler weather, school!) comes-a-calling.
Here, a few shining ways to prolong the joi…
TO MARKET, TO MARKET
Outdoor summer markets can be the hallmark start to summer…but they’re even more bountiful come August, when vendor tables are brimming with late-season harvest. Go take a weekend stroll and bring a tote bag so you can haul home a virtual garden of goodies. What’s best now:
STRETCH YOUR DAYS
They may be getting shorter, but you can still maximize serotonin-boosting daylight hours and good weather (nature’s antidepressant) by getting up early, and extending your days with plenty of time in the great outdoors. From breakfast in the garden to after-dinner walks…it’s time to eek out every light-and-easy moment.
SNAG A LAST-MINUTE VACAY DEAL
Sure, when you checked Kayak back in May, prices were looking bleak for a late-summer getaway. But come late August, crowds settle down and destination towns empty out, making rooms — and bargains — more plentiful. Check out thepointsguy.com for invaluable tips and tricks for snagging serious deals at the end of summer (and figuring out how to use those miles). He’s the mecca of savvy travel info.
GIVE YOUR HAIR A REBOOT
You might have been all about beachy waves and platinum highlights for the past few months, but we guarantee your hair could use some pampering to get it in shape for fall. Start with a good trim; then commit to using a product that rehydrates hair, brings back luster, prevents damage, and doesn’t take up more than a minute of your time. K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Multi-Perfector Daily Shine & Protect Spray fuses the hydrating benefits of exotic oils with a unique, damage-control formula — safeguarding gorgeous hair color for ultimate health, strength, and shine.
MAKE (BREATHING) ROOM IN YOUR HOME
According to the experts at Psychology Today, decluttering reduces tension…and that in turn leads to a more joi-ful life. “When things feel out of order, it can make us feel scattered and anxious. Creating order relieves that anxiety.” So when end of summer hits, and you seem to have cornered the market on red plastic cups, coral lipsticks, and flip flops, consider a purge — not just to create physical space, but emotional breathing room boot.