Summer is R&R season. When the mercury rises, who can resist a garden hammock or the sound of waves lapping against a scenic shoreline?
The relaxing nature of summer makes it the perfect season to revisit old hobbies or discover new ones. Hobbies can run the gamut from complex to simple, but when choosing a habit to pick up this summer, individuals may want to look to those somewhat relaxing endeavors that are tailor-made for the days. and hot nights.
• Reading: People who have wanted to know more for a long time should know that they are not alone. A 2019 survey commissioned by reading subscription service Scribd and conducted by The Harris Poll found that 35% of respondents wished they could read more. Finding time to read more can be difficult in the spring, summer and fall, when parents have to deal with their own busy schedules as well as those of their children. Even people without children or empty nests can find it difficult to carve out time to read during a typical day. But people who yearn to read more can take a book to the beach or deck on a warm afternoon or evening. Leave the smartphone inside to relax and read without distraction.
• Gardening: Gardening is another hobby that coordinates well with a summer vibe. Gardening brings people outdoors, giving them the chance to enjoy the summer sun and engage in a rewarding but not overly physically demanding activity. One of the biggest appeals of gardening is that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This makes it an ideal hobby for busy families to enjoy together when their schedules slow down in the summer. It’s also a great way for adults to spend some quality time with aging parents.
• Photography: Seascapes and summer landscapes are awe-inspiring, making this a great time of year to get into photography. First-timers can start by using their smartphone cameras to take snapshots of local landscapes. Once the skill of pointing and clicking has been perfected, amateur photographers can move on to more expensive and more accurate cameras.
• Sailing/Boating: Although this may be a little more physical activity than reading, sailing and/or boating is an ideal summer activity. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that nearly 40% of the population of the United States lives in a coastal area, making boating and sailing an accessible pastime for a significant percentage of Americans. Even those who live far from the ocean undoubtedly live near a river or lake. What better than a boat to enjoy the hot summer afternoons?
The best summer pastimes are often the ones that help people take the relaxing nature of summer to the next level.