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Summer is coming to an end and we will soon be finishing our internships/summer classes, moving back home and heading back to college. For those of you with an awkward period between the end of your work/school obligations like me, here are some tips for surviving the summer blues.

1. Do something – anything

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Resist the urge to sit at home and watch Netflix until your brain melts. Do not stay in bed all day. Remember that no matter what, you must bathe and eat regularly. Brush your teeth. Oh. My. Goodness. Brush your teeth.

Really, just get outside. Pick up your favorite book or any New York Times Bestseller and head to your local coffee shop. Grab your music-playing device of choice and go for a walk. Meet up with friends. Actively seek ways to get yourself out of the house.

2. Think positive thoughts about school

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Sitting around and dreading the beginning of school is an awful place to be. Not only are you upset for a month, but you’re doing nothing productive either. Find things to look forward to. Remember the fun times that you’re going to have at school – all the great local restaurants, great company, beautiful days and even better nights. As far as your brain is concerned right now, school is going to rock your world come September.

3. Travel

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A month is a long time. It’s enough time to get in a car, hop on a plane, or shimmy onto a boat. (Can I still say “shimmy”?) Sort out your budget and if everything works out, go somewhere that you’ve been talking about going to for a while. New York City is my weakness – which city is yours?

4. Pack, silly

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Have you noticed that every year you seem to have so much time to prepare to go back to school, yet all the time seems to fly by and suddenly you need to head back to your college town like…tomorrow? Yeah, that. Make sure your academic schedule is in order, you have the courses you need, you’ve done the prep work that you should have done and you packed that super important thing that you forgot to pack last year. Geez, heading back to school is such an effort.

How are you spending the rest of your summer?


Featured photo courtesy of Caitlin Regan via Flickr (CC-BY-2.0).