Can you believe it is already the last week of June? I sure can’t.

I feel like this year has flown by, and I know it is not going to slow down. A lot of us think of summer as going on vacation, adventures and relaxing.

I have done a little bit of relaxing myself, but not as much as I hoped. Life just seems to get busy and I am not so great at setting time aside to relax or do the things I want to do.

Think about if you are accomplishing everything you wanted to this summer. Or maybe you had no plans at all and will just do whatever comes up.

Summer can be hot, but we should still keep in mind as adults we need 150 minutes of physical activity every week. Some of these tips include ways to get that much-needed physical activity.

I have created a Top 10 list of things to do this summer to get you out and about and help minimize the binge watching of your favorite TV show.

Go on a scavenger hunt — by yourself, with your kids, your significant other, your parent. Make a list of things to find or Google a list and then get out and go. A great spinoff of this would be to go to your local downtown area, ride your bike and snap photos of your items you find. This is a great free way to get out and see your local town and get in some exercise.

Work in the flower bed. This doesn’t mean you have to go buy new landscaping supplies. Wake up early, 7 a.m. or sooner if you can, and get working before it gets too hot. Pull weeds, till up your mulch, fix your landscaping bricks, trim your bushes. If you’re in an apartment, straighten up your patio. After working hard to get your space looking nice, you’ll appreciate it each time you pull up to your house.

Visit a farmers market. There are so many in Brazoria County that have great local items. Get out and see what people are growing and making. It might give you some inspiration to try something new at home.

Look in one of those cookbooks you have piled on your bookshelf (or go online) and find a new recipe or something you have been meaning to cook. Buy the groceries and learn how to cook a new dish at home. If you have family members you want to help that would be great, especially for kids to learn the important life skills of cooking.

Go for an evening walk and watch the sunset. Find your favorite trail and go for a cool evening walk, be sure to pack the bug spray.

Volunteer. There are so many places that need volunteers during the summer, food pantries, resale shops, etc. Take a few hours out of your day and give back to our community. If you have kids, this is a great way to teach them about giving back. Kids and adults learn by doing, and that is even better if their parent is volunteering alongside them.

Go to the library. There are so many great resources available through the Brazoria County Library System. It’s been well over 12 years since I’ve had a library card, and when I went in a month ago, I learned so much about what all they offer besides books. They also have great programs for youth.

Make something. I love to craft in my spare time, and I love making things. Crafting is a great stress reliever and you have something to show for your time and efforts. You don’t have to be an artist or crafty to craft, just try it out and see what you create.

Declutter. This is a hard one for a lot of people, me included. You don’t have to go Marie Kondo on your house. You should make time and go through each room and see if there is anything you haven’t used in the last six months. If you haven’t used it in six months you probably will never use it. Take this time to go ahead and re-organize your space, you’ll see how much space you really have when you take the time to make it neat and tidy.

Take time to write down all that you are thankful for. We think of November as the time to be thankful, but we should be thankful all the time. Stop and write down everything you are happy about and thankful for. During the summer, we get busy and we forget to stop and remind ourselves of all the great things we have. We don’t have to go on vacation to have a great summer. Be grateful for the basic things in life; some people don’t have those things.

I hope my Top 10 list has given you some things to get out and try, or maybe you create your own Top 10 and accomplish them. I hope you have a great summer, drink lots of water and be safe!

Cameron Peters is the Family and Community Health Extension agent for Texas A&M AgriLife in Brazoria County. Contact her at 979-864-1558 or

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