At long last, SUMMER’s here!
(Almost) everybody’s favorite season, idyllically associated with glorious sunbathing sessions on pearly white postcard beaches while sipping from a ridiculously photogenic cocktail.
Ok, I’m exaggerating, fair enough.
But you get it, right? You knew EXACTLY what I was rambling about.
*fires up Instagram or Facebook or Twitter or YouTube or LinkedIn etc.*
Let’s have a quick scroll here...and BOOM, there you have it again: a never-ending sequence of straight up STUNNING images uploaded by your peers, who are -as it seems- travelling to the very ends of the world and living picture-perfect summer lives…….and you’ve just finished cleaning up the dog’s vomit. With your flappy arms. Seriously, WTF!
IT’S SUMMER DEPRESSION &
VACATION ENVY (yes, those are real things),
HERE TO KICK YOUR ASS!
Don’t get me wrong, I love summer…
but it sometimes comes with a kind of crippling anxiety to meet society’s criteria of what defines a perfect summer and THAT, my darling, is making us unhappy! I can’t let that happen.
So here’s a list of tips & tricks to keep in mind while SUMMER 2-OH-18 kicks off in order for you to make it YOUR B**** instead of becoming its depressed slave.
SUMMER BODY, YOU CAN SUCK IT
Summer Booty, I might choose you...but above all, I prefer Summer Noshitsgiven!
Honestly, you own that beach and the bikini set you bought; whatever your body shape is. Lay your sweet ass down like the Queen you are and ENJOY IT! Don’t let that sandbox or anyone on it body-shame you. Your summer body is your actual body + summer, that’s it!
- READ #1 AGAIN
- READ #1 ONE MORE TIME
KEEP THAT GLASS FILLED
First and foremost: water, because you’ve got to stay hydrated. I know, this is a classic one. But very true nonetheless… Secondly, there’s the sweet pick-me-up drinks that can turn your day around: cocktails - mocktails - or any other fizzy beverage.
Aka God’s gift to get that well-baked bronze glow without having to sunbathe on a strict schedule like a maniac. Just combine Earth’s natural bronzer with a man-made version. Less stress, more summer smiles!
DRESS WITHOUT THE NEED TO IMPRESS
Carefree clothing is the key. It might be festival season, there’s no need to obsess over your outfits. The tutu is a great asset here, by the way :-D. Easily matchable, suits every occasion AND -not to forget- it allows a bit of a comfy breeze in certain areas.
LET YOUR HAIR BE
Stop worrying about blow drying your hair and just let it be; The wavy beach look will suit you just as good.
LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS
I’ve mentioned the picture-perfect summer experience, right? Yeah, you’re not gonna have that. Expect perfection and you're bound to be bummed, that’s how it goes. If you do aim too high and there’s even the slightest disappointment, it’ll feel like you're the only one who's not having as much fun as expected. Just sit down, see where the summer ride takes you and enjoy it.
AVOID THE SOCIAL MEDIA SHOW
Quite a tricky one if you’re trying to meet up with friends, indeed...but remember: people only post their life’s highlights. That one breathtaking picture probably took 457 takes and a pissed-off boyfriend, 4 layers of editing apps & filters. There, have another sip of that mocktail we’ve talked about and do you.
GET ENOUGH ME-TIME
Everybody’s always available and wanting to meet up, the days are longer and there’s so much to do! S T A H P right there. Take it easy, don’t get sucked into the whirl of over-planning and over-socializing.
DON’T GO FULL VAMPIRE
Try to keep normal sleep hours, even if it means using heavy curtains to block out light. When you do get up, eat outside or in bright light to get a depression-fighting boost of sunlight.
REMEMBER, YOU’RE NO ROCKEFELLER
Even if you’re putting in that extra work...you’re on a budget. Everybody is. So make sure you keep your priorities straight and your budget along with it. Do the math so you can’t be caught off guard, which will lead to missing out and disappointment. Imagine you’d have to sit through summer without a tutu, for example :-O!
There you go, a healthy dose of common sense to keep you depression-free these next few months. I’m sure you’ll make it work. Don’t forget to tag us in all your stunning beachfies <3