Published: May 12, 2020

While the next few months may not be what we expected, there are still ways to enjoy favorite summer activities and plans. Here are some ideas to help make the most of your summer.

Person fishing on a lake at sunsetLearn something new

Whether you’re looking for a job or internship right now or you will be in the future, learning new things can help give you an edge over other candidates.

CU students have free access to LinkedIn Learning. There are hundreds of courses for both technical skills (HTML, data analytics, project management) and non-technical skills (communication, teamwork, problem-solving, leadership).

If you aren’t sure where to start, browse job postings for positions that interest you. Take note of the skills or qualifications that employers are looking for, and see if there are courses on developing those skills. You can also start with courses that build on transferable skills. These non-technical skills are often the most in-demand and apply to any job industry.

Take time to recharge

These last few months have been challenging for many of us, and you deserve a break after finals to relax and recharge. Additionally, practicing self-care techniques now can help build strong habits you can use in the future when things may become more stressful. Here are some things to try:

  • Prioritize sleep and aim to get seven to nine hours each night. Try setting a relaxing nighttime routine to jumpstart this habit and help you keep a consistent bedtime. Take a relaxing shower, stretch, read a book or choose another calming activity to help you wind down for the day before heading off to bed.
  • Consider starting or ending your day with meditation or guided breathing exercises. Try using the mobile apps Breathe2Relax or Stop, Breathe and Think. You can also watch the Rec Center’s free meditations videos or listen to Health Promotion’s meditation soundtrack
  • Try setting a routine to get at least 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity per day. This could be going for a walk or run, yoga, dancing or an at-home-workout. Check out the Rec Center’s virtual fitness classes for inspiration. 
  • Consider starting a gratitude journal
  • Make time for your favorite hobbies. Hobbies can be a great way to take your mind off of things, even if it’s only for 30 minutes.

Start a club with friends

As many of us continue to stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders, it can feel like we don’t have much to talk about when we catch up with friends. To help stay connected, consider starting an informal club around a shared interest or hobby.

Maybe it’s a monthly book club, or weekly watch parties on Netflix. Perhaps you could organize your own video game tournaments or virtual craft parties to work on projects together. Give your club a fun name and set regular meetings to stay in touch!

Walk, jog or run a virtual race

Many annual races that take place over the summer are now happening virtually, and you can participate from anywhere in the world. In fact, Boulder’s Memorial Day tradition is still alive with the virtual Bolder Boulder 10K on May 25—and registration is free!

Whether you’re registering for a 5K, 10K or longer run, there are ways to recreate the race day experience. Some races have the option to download a race bib, or you can get creative and make your own. Plan a safe route that isn’t busy with other joggers or bikers, and make your own start and finish line. Ask friends and family to help cheer you on on the day of your race, either virtually or from at least 6 feet away. For training tips and warm-up drills, check out the Rec Center’s virtual 10K training program.

Go camping at home

Campgrounds may be closed, but you can still have fun camping at home. Set up a tent in your living room, on your deck or in your backyard. Pretend you’re in the backcountry with no service by turning your phone off for the evening. Instead, enjoy a peaceful night of playing games, relaxing or reading. Don’t forget to make s’mores, no campfire needed. 

‘Attend’ a baseball game, concert or other summer event

While many summer events have been canceled or postponed, you can do your best to recreate the experience at home. 

If you miss going to baseball games, there are many classic games to watch on the MLB YouTube channel. Organize a time to virtually connect with friends and watch a game together. Sit outside on your balcony or backyard, make some hot dogs or nachos and wear your favorite team’s apparel. 

While many music venues are still closed, musicians and artists are continuing to perform virtually. Check out this list of upcoming concerts that’s continuously updated as new shows are announced. Between bluegrass, pop, rock, classical and more genres, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Even though the Summer Olympics have been postponed until 2021, the Olympics channel has rebroadcasts of past Olympic games that you can watch anytime. Host a watch party with friends and watch your favorite Olympic events together.

For more ideas and things to do, check out this list of virtual activities.