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If you’re anything like me, summer is a perfect opportunity to start forming new habits and challenging yourself to try new things. Rather than scrolling on TikTok for the rest of the summer, I’ve prioritized finding new ways to enjoy spending time outside. Here are my top five outdoor activities to make this summer one to remember.
Cool down at the river!
One of the many perks of being a student at Texas State University during the summer is having access to Sewell Park less than half a mile from campus. Spending time tanning, swimming, enjoying a picnic or playing games: Sewell is the place to be! The San Marcos River is 72 degrees year-round, making it the perfect spot to cool off when facing severe heat conditions.
Pick up a new hobby!
Summer is the perfect time to start that hobby you’ve always wanted to try. Painting, practicing an instrument, photography and playing sports can be a great way to dedicate your time. Personally, I have started taking photos with my smartphone this summer. Using the resources you have accessible to begin a new craft is a great way to advance your current skill set.
Go on a walking trail!
Taking a hike along one of the many trails in San Marcos can be a great way to reduce stress. Outdoor exercise has been shown to improve cholesterol levels, improve mood, build muscle and strengthen memory. That being said, it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while keeping a happy mind and body.
Read and lounge by the pool!
Reading was once one of my favorite things to do, but it can become difficult to keep up with during the school year. Summer break presents the perfect opportunity to start searching for books that interest you. Personally, I have begun reading books like Verity by Colleen Hoover and Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. “Bookfinity” and “What Should I Read Next?” are great websites for book recommendations tailored to your personal taste.
Watch the sunrise/sunset!
Depending on whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, watching the sunrise/sunset can be a relaxing activity to add to your summer routine. Whether you decide to watch alone or with a group of friends, it is a great way to isolate your technology and reconnect with nature. It has been shown to reduce stress and increase gratitude levels, as well.
While it can be difficult to think of new things to do during summer, these are all great options to keep you entertained over the break. In everything you do, I encourage you to get outside your comfort zone and try new things often. Have a great summer, Bobcats!
Written by: Preethi Mangadu