5 Tips for Summer "Me Time"

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We are thrilled to work with PEOPLE because I seriously love magazines. I remember as a young teenager subscribing to different magazines and being so excited when they arrived in the mail. Even though we are in such a digital age, nothing can beat opening a magazine and reading the glossy pages. What’s great about PEOPLE is that the magazine is released weekly so they are always up to date on all things celebrity/style/food, etc. I grew up watching my mom read PEOPLE and now I love to read this magazine myself.
While I was at our local Inglewood Kroger this week, we picked up the latest edition of PEOPLE. This summer when you are having your “me time,” whether that is by the pool, at the beach, or in your air-conditioned home, reading PEOPLE is a fun way to spend your time. When we take time for ourselves during the summer, we like to hang out by our teeny tiny pool. What is better than taking a day to relax, listening to some music, taking a dip, and reading a magazine? Sounds like a great summer day to me!
There is definitely something magical about summertime. I’m sure the magic lingers from our childhoods when we didn’t have to go to school or have much of an agenda for two whole months. Unfortunately, being an adult doesn’t allow us that kind of luxury. However, I think holding onto the magic of summer is good for the soul. Even if you don’t get to take a vacation this summer you can still take some “me time.” We actually have to schedule days out to be able to have time for ourselves, and we call these fun days. Even when we have a zillion deadlines approaching, we will stop and take the time to just relax.
Anyway, treat yo’ self, guys. Take some time to yourself. The negative physiological effects of stress are real. In a time when we are so focused on being efficient and faster, our stress levels are at an all time high. You have to take time for yourself. It is literally crucial to your health.
5 Tips For Your Summer “Me Time”:

1) Schedule the time. Don’t just assume it’s going to happen. You have to make it happen, so make time in your schedule for YOU.
2) Grab a friend or don’t. If you are an introvert, then your “me time” is going to need to be spending the day alone. If you thrive on being around people, then you will be more energized by hanging with a friend or two. Recognizing that about yourself is important, so don’t force yourself to be something you aren’t.
3) Pick a destination. Check out a local park you’ve never been to. Find a pool if you don’t have one. A lot of cities have pools you can visit for a small fee. Go to a body of water- if you are lucky enough to live near a beach then that’s a no-brainer. We live near several lakes that have beaches, so that’s always an option.
4) Read a magazine and drift away into another land. Check out PEOPLE, Real Simple, Southern Living, or PEOPLE Princess Diana: Twenty Years Later.
5) Most importantly- RELAX. Be flexible and remember to manage your expectations. Maybe you planned on being outside on your day but then it rains- just roll with the punches. Have a back up plan. Just don’t get too worked up about what happens either way. The point is to enjoy your day and to reduce your stress-even if it’s just for a moment in time. 

Peace, Casey

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