As much as we hate to say it, summer is now officially over for another year. We know it only seems like last week since you opened up your summer wardrobe, but it’s been and gone. The longest day of the year happened a while ago, it’s already noticeably a little cooler in the evenings, and people around your place of work have likely already started to make small talk about your Christmas plans. Before you know it it’ll be Thanksgiving, so let’s all make sure we make the most of this season before it, too, disappears into the memory!
Once you get over the loss of summer, you’ll see that fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’s inspired countless works of art and poetry. It’s even motivated gamblers to come to casinos website such as Late Casino and play mobile slots like Autumn Gold (Autumn is what the Brits call fall). In fairness to that last comment, though, there’s also a mobile slots game called Here Comes Summer, and another mobile slot called Winter Berries. If there’s one thing we can say for sure about mobile slots developers, it’s that they don’t miss an opportunity to make money with a theme no matter what time of year it is! Playing mobile slots will keep you indoors, though, and we want to look outdoors for now, so what can we do with the season?
The first thing to do is not to dwell on the summer just gone. End-of-summer depression is very real, and is starting to be taken seriously by medical professionals. It’s normal to have a dose of the blues about the vacation season coming to an end – but hopefully, you’ll find an idea in this article to put a smile back on your face!
Host One Last Outdoor Party
It might be a little cooler than it was in June or July, but it’s still temperate enough in most places to make one last use of the barbecue set this year. Ease yourself into fall by inviting friends and family around for one more gathering while the weather is still fair. You can invest in an outdoor heater to keep the temperature up if you need to – or failing that, a few blankets on the garden furniture will probably do the job just fine. Pick a weekend day, start early, and aim to be back indoors before the sun goes down. If a big gathering isn’t your style, consider going for an intimate picnic with someone special to you instead. Nature is still a beautiful sight at this time of year – even if it is a little cooler.
Start Planning Your Halloween Party
The best thing for getting over the blues is giving yourself something to look forward to. Unless you have a birthday coming up in the meantime, the next major event of 2019 is Halloween. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys hosting parties, get ahead of the rush by letting all your friends know that you’ll be performing hosting duties this year. It gives you a chance to secure a strong attendance by providing notice, so guests can block the date out in their calendars. After that, start looking for a costume. You could even offer a prize for the best costume at your party, although they’ll be going a long way to beat some of the entries on this list. If you’re not the hosting type, try to persuade a friend to host a party instead.
Give Your Garden A Makeover
Part and parcel of summer’s end is the death of some of your summer flowers. We know it’s sad, but try to remember that they’ll be back again next year! Treat it as a chance to give your garden a makeover. Simply take out the summer plants, and replace them with autumnal ones instead. New plants will mean a whole different color scheme for the land around your home – and also the rooms inside your house if you switch out your houseplants. A new set of colors can give a space a completely different look, so indulge your inner stylist.
Tailgate At Sporting Events
Perhaps the only people who don’t mourn the loss of summer are sports fans, who are simply marking off the calendar until the season resumes again. Football fans now have a whole calendar of events to look forward to, leading all the way to the Super Bowl in 2020. Where there are sports, there are tailgate parties – and tailgate parties are a lot of fun. They’re a uniquely American concept, and they confuse the rest of the world no end – but who cares so long as we’re enjoying it? Go and eat, drink, and be merry!
Drive Through The Country
Do you know why fall-inspired so many poets and artists, as we mentioned earlier? It’s because they went out and took part in it – and that meant getting away from the town or the city for a while. Out in the country, the ground is covered in golden-brown leaves which have fallen from the trees, and they’re crisp beneath your feet. In undisturbed parts of the land, they gather in such thick clumps that they’re like drifted snow. It’s a sight unlike any other, and you only get to see it for a few months a year. Take a drive and go and immerse yourself in nature. Better still, if it’s possible for you to do so, take a walk instead.
Find A Corn Maze
If you haven’t been to a corn maze before, you’re missing out. If you have visited a corn maze before, you might just have gone missing! A corn maze is fun for children and adults alike, although it’s probably best to keep particularly small children close to you, so they don’t get completely lost. If you’re a competitive family, this is a good way to have some fun and establish the family pecking order when it comes to bragging rights at the same time.
Rediscover The Movie Theater
Nobody wants to visit a hot, sweaty movie theater when it’s warm outside. We’ll never understand why movie companies treat summer as the most important part of the year, when they’re so much better suited to darker months. Better still, there will probably be a great supply of spooky movies about to hit the screen as we get closer and closer to Halloween! If you can’t cope with movie theaters, start planning regular movie nights at home. Watch some old favorites, and invite some of your favorite people round to watch them with you.
If you’re still feeling a little sad, that’s OK. You’re allowed to. Just keep yourself busy, plan an activity or two, and make sure there’s always something in your calendar to stay motivated for. There’s joy to be found in every part of the year – you just have to know where to look for it!