CRUNCHY MOM: Five Ways to Make This Your Slow Summer

(Illustration: Onya Hogan-Finlay)

  1. Do something new. People say time flies when you’re having fun. But really, time flies when we do the same things every day. Can you take a different route to work or visit a new beach on the weekend? It doesn’t really matter if it’s a big or small change. Anything that shakes up your autopilot will make time feel slower. 
  1. Eat, Sleep Outside. I am making it a goal for our family to eat outside and picnic as much as we can this summer. We’re also camping! When you rise with the sun and go to bed with the moon, you have an entirely different, slower sense of time. 
  1. Host a Supper. So often we don’t want to burden others with yet another invite, but I think we need to look at gathering in a new way! It is vital for healthy friendships and community. This could be your “the summer we had that dinner with neighbours outside.”  What a memory. 
  1. Open up your Schedule. You probably didn’t have a bunch of activities in your childhood summers, right? Wouldn’t it feel amazing to wake up on a Saturday with not ONE thing scheduled. Ride your bike. Drop in on friends. Swim in a lake. See where the day takes you.
  1. Less Tech. You knew it was coming. Time picks up speed when we scroll or lock in on a Netflix binge-fest. You’ll remember the nights you sat around the fire outside, not the ones you spent in front of a screen. 


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