Summer, it’s almost here.
Those few months off from school are not too far away, which means you’ve probably already been planning what to add to your summer bucket list for 2018.
Rather than tell you everything you have to do during the season, we thought it’d be best to shed some light on things you should avoid doing. Yes, there are in fact a handful of activities you shouldn’t do in the summer. Keep scrolling to find out what they are!
1. Forget to Wear Sunscreen
We know you’re going to hear this a billion different times from your parents, but who better to remind you than us? It’s super important to wear sunscreen at all times, but especially during the summer. Sunburns are not at all fun, and you don’t want to spend your break having to nurse your skin back to health, do you? Always remember to lather up your body with plenty of sunscreen. You’ll thank us later.
2. Engage in a Summer Fling
Everybody dreams of experiencing a sweet summer romance, but they’re not really all that great. Yeah, it’s nice having someone by your side 24/7, who makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but these types of relationships rarely ever work out. The odds of yours continuing on are slim to none. We know you don’t want to hear this, but it’s best you know now before you have to deal with a broken heart at the end of summer. Nobody deserves to go through that.
Rather than chase after your crush or fall for some super cute out-of-towner, spend your summer getting to know yourself a little bit better. It’ll only set a strong foundation for the future relationships that are sure to come.
(Grease via Paramount Pictures)
Another not-so-fun topic that you probably don’t want to talk about, but know you shouldn’t avoid—school work. You’ll likely be assigned some sort of homework over your summer vacation, which is not at all what you want to think about right now. We get it. But don’t put this off until the last few days of summer. It’ll just stress you out and you’ll end your break with a sour taste in your mouth.
Map out everything you need to do and plan accordingly. Set aside some time each day or so to get a little bit of your work done. Before you know it, you’ll have completed what you set out to do in the most painless way possible.
4. Spend Every Day Indoors Watching Netflix
No school means you have all the time to catch up on anything and everything on Netflix. But don’t do it. Go outside. Be a person. Don’t spend your break cooped up indoors binging 40 different TV shows and movies in one week. That’s not what summer is meant for. Of course, we’re not suggesting you don’t watch any Netflix. That would be crazy. Maybe just spend one or two days a week doing that, but definitely spend the rest hanging out with friends, going swimming or even tanning.
(Pretty Little Liars via Freeform)
5. Mess With Your Sleep Schedule
There are no rules in the summer, except there are. You likely won’t have to wake up early during your break, which means you’re probably planning on staying up until 3 a.m. and waking up at 2 p.m. to finally start your day. Do that and you’ll regret it. This’ll make it incredibly difficult for you to get yourself back onto a regular sleep schedule once school starts up again. You don’t need to wake up the same time you normally would for school, but try not to veer from a 1-2 hour difference.
6. Ignore People From School
Obviously you’ll be spending more time with your closest friends. And because school isn’t in session, you won’t see as many of your classmates on a regular basis. If there are people from your classes who you want to hang out with more, do it. Don’t ignore them in favor of your friends. Get to know some new people, so that when the new school year starts, you’ll have an even bigger crew of friends. You can’t go wrong with having more besties!
(Pretty Little Liars via Freeform)
7. Avoid Wearing a Swimsuit
For some of us, the thought of parading around in a bikini makes us want to disappear into a black hole, never to be seen again. Unfortunately, summer is commonly referred to as swimsuit season, which means you can’t really avoid tossing one on. But why should you? You are your own worst critic. Don’t let those negative thoughts make you believe you shouldn’t be caught sporting anything other than a trash bag. You go out, find the bathing suit that works best for you and you own it at the beach or swimming pool. If you feel confident, you’ll look confident. Remember that.
8. Hang Out at All the Same Places
Rather than spending your free time at the mall, movie theater or your own house, hit up some new places you’ve always wanted to check out. That could be as simple as hitting up a mall or movie theater in a different part of town. Try and get out of your comfort zone a bit. You might end up finding some more exciting places to spend your days with your besties in the process.
(Mean Girls via Paramount Pictures)
9. Skip Spending Time With Your Family
You might want to avoid your parents and siblings as best you can this summer, but spending some quality time with them is super important. And, it can even be fun. Plus, you’ll likely being going on a family vacation anyway, so why be bitter about it? Embrace the opportunity to get closer to your loved ones.
10. Work Extra Hours at Your Summer Job
If you end up getting a summer job, don’t overwork yourself. While you may want to have the extra cash to spend on things you don’t need, that means you’ll have less time to do things you actually enjoy. So if you have the option to pick up someone else’s shift or add more hours, just say no. Do something more exciting instead. It’s what summer was made for.
(She’s All That via Miramax Films)
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