Thoughts of summer vacation may include images of time at the beach or lake, lazy days escaping the heat, and no thought of classes or the stress of the past two semesters. However, there are plenty of productive ways the youth can spend summer that can be fun, relaxing, helpful for education or career purposes, or just downright lucrative for your pocket book. Check out this list of some productive ways to spend your summer vacation for inspiration:
Get to know your neighbors better: Most of us live in a neighborhood which has many people, but rarely do we take out the time to actually get to know them. Vacations are a great time to get to know the people that you share a fence / premise with. You never know, you might be able to make a lifelong friend and companion.
Sign yourself up for a camp: If you have ever wanted to challenge yourself with difficult task such as running a marathon or need to teach yourself important techniques as destressing or getting organized, then summer vacation is an ideal time to focus on these activities.
Family & Friends: These are some incredibly productive way for you to spend your vacation if you rather not head out on an exotic trip with family and friends. Being at home during your vacation doesn’t mean that things are going to be boring, rather if you try out all or even some of these productive and fun things to do” together”, then you are surely going to have a pleasurable vacation period.
Try learning martial arts: In this day and age, there is rampant crimes occurring all across the globe and it is of paramount importance that individuals, especially women learn some form of self defense or martial arts. This helps them face any danger, they become more than capable of taking care of themselves rather than depending on other people, because trouble can strike anywhere and at any time, hence it is best to be prepared.
Join a book club: A great way to spend your vacation is to read great books, no matter in which genre your interests lie, whether it is crime, fiction, romance or even history. People often choose to join a book club where every week the group could decide on a common book they will read and when they have they will sit together and share their incites and views.
Explore new places: Expand your knowledge. Take advantage of your down time to open your mind to new knowledge and experiences with these ideas that include education vacations, new hobbies, and open courseware classes.
Earn Extra Money: If you devote all your time to school work during the semester, then take advantage of your break from that responsibility to build up your bank account with these ways for making extra money.
Internships: Taking the summer to work on an internship offers many advantages to students. These tips and resources will help you find a great internship for a productive summer no matter what field you are studying.
Mental and physical benefits
Here is a list of some additional benefits, if you still need a little convincing to time away from work and studies:
Improved physical health: Stress can contribute to Heart Disease and high Blood Pressure. For both men and women, taking vacation every two years compared to every six will lessen the risk of Coronary Heart Disease or Heart Attacks.
Improved mental health: Neuroscientists have found that Brain structure is altered by chronic exposure to the stress hormone ‘Cortisol’, which can be a major contributing factor to Anxiety and Depression. Feelings of calm arise from time away from work and
relieves stress, which allows the body and mind to heal in ways that it couldn't if it were still under pressure.
Increased mental power: Upon returning from vacation, workers are often more focused and productive. Studies have found that chronic stress can modulate a part of the Brain that inhibits goal-directed activity and can cause problems with memory. Time off can tune up a well-functioning Brain.
Improved familial relationships: Spending time enjoying life with loved ones can keep relationships strong. A study of Health and Human Services, found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their marriages.
Planning alone boosts happiness: A person can feel the effects up to eight weeks before the trip! When you balance between different things, you feel content as your vacation ends and can concentrate better on your studies/ work as you get back. The bottom line is, taking time away from the stresses of work and daily life can improve our health, motivation, relationships, job performance, and perspective and give us the break we need to return to our lives and jobs refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever comes.