Now that September is finally here, many families are feeling pressured to enjoy the last leg of summer. With school starting up, warm weather quickly fading, and nights growing shorter, just about everyone wants to soak up the last rays of sunshine.
Whether you have kids or not, enjoying the last golden rays of the season can help you feel like you made the most of summer. Here are some of the best ways to indulge in the last warm days before autumn comes nipping at our heels.
Party in the pool
Most families tend to close their pool around Labor Day, otherwise known as the first Monday in September. However, most pool professionals and online guides say that you can wait a little longer. In fact, you don’t have to close your pool until the pool’s temperature regularly dips below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, it will become uncomfortable to swim in, but we don’t need to worry about these numbers in Tennessee for a few more weeks.
If you don’t have a pool, it might be high time to invest in one. A pool can raise your home’s value by as much as 7% and it will unleash countless fun summer days while you’re at it. Just be careful while you’re walking by the pool. Slip and fall accidents are common next to the slick concrete surfaces that line most pools. A good chunk of slip and fall accidents can result in up to 31 days of missed time at work.
While it might be too late to invest in one to use this year, planning out summer next year can help you make the most of it.
Watch more sunsets
It might sound corny, but sunsets are one of the best parts of enjoying summer. We too often take for granted the beauty of sitting outside and watching the sun dip below the horizon. When it gets too cold, you might be tempted to watch it from the comfort of your home, but it isn’t the same. Nothing beats a hot day of grilling like a beautiful sunset. Gather a few friends, fire up the gas grill, and watch the natural beauty of the planet unfold. Speaking of grills…
Throw a couple more gatherings
In the time of COVID-19, we should all be social distancing. But if you want to make the most of summer, gathering up the people in your household and spending time together outside is key. After all, many families have sunk into the usual pattern of eating, watching a movie, and going to bed. We aren’t really spending time together with all the stress we’ve been coping with. Buy a grill, load up on burgers, and plan some activities outside. As many as 64% of people prefer gas grills over others so this is a good investment if you’re not a current grill owner.
While you’re out there, you should also play some games. Just tossing a football around can do the trick, but swimming in the pool, playing a game of socker, or breaking out the badminton net can help you make the most of the season. Studies have shown that regular physical activity lowers the risk of depression by as much as 30% in some people. Don’t be afraid to get silly with your games. Channeling your inner child will give you fond memories of warm summer days.
If you do happen to invite over a few friends, just be sure to practice social distancing and wear masks. The worst way to end your summer is by catching the virus causing a global pandemic. It might be better to video chat with friends outside while the temperature is still comfortable.
Go somewhere new
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it hard to travel but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore new spots in your own town. Whether you’re seeking a new hiking trail or ordering to-go from a new restaurant, visiting new places can make you feel more connected to your community. Stay safe and have fun exploring the nooks and crannies of your town that you’ve never seen before.
This year has been hard but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the rest of your summer. Before the temperature changes, get outside and try to make the most of the season before fall arrives.