- Take a day trip to some place you have been meaning to visit. Research your state's website or check out some back issues of regional magazines. There are all kinds of interesting sites tucked away in out-of-the-way places--sometimes close to your own backyard. Many are free to visit and enjoy.
- Get personal with nature. Just being outside can, in many cases, help you de-stress. For the creative ones among us, nature can expand our creativity.
- Plant a garden. Gardening is a great stress reliever. If you plant vegetables and herbs, you can enjoy their freshness at mealtime. If you prefer to plant flowers, you can enjoy their beauty indoors and outside. For the smaller space, use pots and containers. Planting flowers, shrubs, and trees will also help beautify and benefit our stressed environment.
- Visit your local library, zoo, museum, science center, planetarium, conservatory, amusement park, or other entertaining site. On a tight budget? Check newspapers and websites for discount coupons or else visit a free park, playground, or lake.
- Invite friends over for a backyard barbeque or pack up the cars and picnic at a local park or lake.
- Build a backyard habitat for small animals, butterflies, or birds.
- Sit on your deck or porch or in your favorite chair and make a gratitude list.
- Join or create a book club that meets in person to discuss favorite readings.
Hopefully, this list will give you some ideas that will get you started on a relaxing summer.