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How to Get Rid of Your End of Summer Blues

Summer is the season of barbeques, bathing suits… and the blues? Read on for tips to get back into the swing of things, and remember, summer isn’t a limited time offer; it will be back next year!

By Reader's Digest Editors

Summer is the season of BBQs, bathing suits… and the blues? Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean your good mood has to as well. Sure, those lazy days will be less frequent, and the cold weather will force you to layer on clothing, but as the seasons change there is a lot to look forward to! Here are tips on to get back into the swing of things, and remember, summer isn’t a limited time offer; it will be back next year!

1. Snapshot of summer

Curing yourself of the summer blues doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your summer memories. Put your favorite picture from this summer in a frame, set summer photos as the screensaver on your computer, or create a summer scrapbook. Not only will this make the transition easier, but it will also be a nice keepsake to look back on.

2. Throw a party

We’ve all heard the saying, “go out with a bang,” so why not apply those words of wisdom to the summertime? You may be sad that the sunny season is ending, but you can’t stop it. So, instead of moping around the house, put your time and energy into one last summer event. Enjoy all of your favorite summer drinks and foods as you reminisce with friends and family about the great summer you had!

Plus: 15 Great Ideas for Summer Fiestas

3. Get a good night’s sleep

Sleep deprivation can lead to moodiness. Without sleep, concentration and motivation are minimized while feelings of irritation are heightened. So make sure you get in the full 8 hours – your body will feel refreshed, your goals will be accomplished, and you will beat those blues in no time.

4. Clean out your closet

There is no better time to revamp your wardrobe than the end of a season. Go through your closet and get rid of those items you have not worn in years. Getting rid of old items will be liberating and it will also give you the chance to indulge in some retail therapy! Now you will have space in your closet for a new colorful scarf or a cozy sweater to get you excited for the colder months ahead.

5. Go on a “staycation”

Even though summer is ending, your ability to relax should not. You may not have the time for a leisurely vacation at a picturesque hotspot, but who ever said your home couldn’t provide a wonderful vacation for you? Schedule a day for total relaxation – do no housework, take no calls, and just pamper yourself. Check out our tips on how to take a staycation.

6. Don’t forget fun

A busier schedule and less downtime doesn’t mean you should sacrifice fun. Go to a new place for dinner with your significant other or plan a monthly movie night with some friends. If you are really missing summer, keep yourself motivated throughout the year by planning a trip for next summer. Before you know it, the sun will be beaming down on your smiling face!

Plus: Six Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall

Sources: CBS News, ehow.com

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