Aug. 28, 2019Can you feel it? Air just a touch chillier in the mornings, darkness falling faster, a breeze that tells you a new season is not far off. Can you see it? Trees and flowers looking a bit pallid, cicadas droning lazily in late summer sun, grass slowly browning.
Fall is just around the corner, and depending on which camp you fall into—the camp of pumpkin spice everything, cozy sweaters, and kicking through autumn leaves or the side who’d rather live at the beach, revels in wearing as little clothing as possible (dress and sandals? Done.), and iced coffee all year ‘round—you’re either thrilled by the changing seasons or mourning the loss of summer. One thing we think we can all agree on, however, is that summer brings a certain je ne sais quoi to our lives. From sun-drenched afternoons spent lazing in a hammock to spontaneously meeting up with friends for backyard drinks.
While fall is like our bookish friend who’s always good for a great piece of advice, summer is the fun-loving pal who’s ready at a moment’s notice for whatever fun they can scare up. Summer is a season of relaxed shoulders, of meandering, of bare feet and tanned shoulders. For those who experience four distinct seasons, it’s a welcome respite at the end of a long winter—a reward for making it through. And it’s entirely too short. With fall on the horizon, summertime’s most loyal are mourning the end of the most glorious season, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Why not take the lessons of summer and apply them all year ‘round? Below we’re sharing our best tips for living like summer never ends:
#1— Be Spontaneous
What is it about summer that makes us 100% more willing to drop what we’re doing in order to spend time with friends, or do something new, or just, well do something? Autumn is a season appreciated for its coziness and a time that many of us take advantage of to stay home, but don’t let that stop you from being social and harnessing the spontaneity of the summer season. Instead, plan a get together at home or invite friends out to the new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try. Many of us experience feelings of loneliness when winter arrives, head those feelings off at the pass by stocking your social calendar with fun fall activities, or sign up for a class or workshop. Just because you’re not going back to school doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new!
#2— Extend Your Tan
Sometimes keeping that summer feeling alive when the weather fades to gray is as simple as giving yourself a (healthy, safe) glow. While we’re advocates for loving the skin you’re in, no matter the tone, we also know how great a sun-kissed glow can feel—but we’re not talking about the tanning bed! If you’re feeling like you haven’t seen the sun in weeks, why not fake it? Using an eco-friendly sunless tanner at home brings summer right to you, and no one has to know. For all your friends and coworkers think, you went on vacation last week. Not into self-tanning? Have a spa day instead to nurture your post-summer skin.
#3— Focus on Fresh
There’s nothing like the bounty of a late summer’s farmers’ market. Stalls and carts bursting with everything from berries to tomatoes to wildflowers, it’s a gorgeous time of year and one that many of us celebrate with plenty of packed-full salads, juicy smoothies, and crunchy raw snacks. It’s true, summer’s produce is hard to beat, but don’t forget there’s plenty of fresh fruits and veggies available well into fall! Stocking up on what’s in season can help support your immune system as you head into the colder months and can make you feel more in-tune with nature—plus, it’s delicious! Keep your plates piled high with refreshing, real foods for that farmers’ market feeling all year long.
#4— Add Flowers
Who says you have to wait for someone else to buy you flowers? Instead of waiting around, give yourself the gift of weekly fresh flowers (you can often find sustainable options at your local natural foods and organic grocery store) to add a pop of color to your home, especially important as fall turns to winter. While you’re at it, pick up some houseplants! Certain houseplants can actually improve the air quality inside your home, key for when the weather cools and your windows stay shut more often than not—here are five of our favorite houseplants for improving indoor air quality.
How are you bringing the spirit of summer into fall? Share with us on social by tagging @AvocadoMattress and #AvocadoGreenMagazine!