Getting Out of a Summer Rut

Entering the summer season is always full of excitement. Thoughts of barbecues, swimming, fireworks and vacation buzz around in your brain with anticipation. But what about when the major summer holidays are over and vacation has ended? The summer heat can leave you feeling unmotivated and lazy. Beat the lethargy and get out of your summer rut by trying something new.


  1. Volunteer at a local organization that you are passionate about, which will give you a sense of purpose and new people to meet.


            The Clare House. Meals on Wheels. Centerville Pet Rescue. Good Samaritan Services. Boys and Girls Club.


  1. Join a library or visit a book store and see how many books you can read throughout the rest of the summer. I‘ve always loved to read, but as my cell phone and other technology became increasingly integrated in my life, I find myself dedicating less time towards the activity. This summer, I am making conscious efforts to disconnect from my phone and focus more attention on reading. So far, I’ve read five books this summer.

Photo Courtesy of Kaylee Rex


Winding Way Bookstore. Community Aid. DogStar Books. Aaron’s Books. Lancaster Public Library. Milanof-Schock Library. Manheim Township Public Library. Ephrata Public Library.


  1. Go somewhere you’ve never been. Whether it’s a trail you’ve always wanted to explore or a local experience you’ve been itching to try, take some time to go do it.

Axe Throwing at Meduseld Meadery. Photo Courtesy of Nick Gould


Axe Throwing at Meduseld Meadery or Stumpy’s Hatchet House. Visit Lemon St Market. Pick Your Own Fruit at Brecknock Orchard. Parks, Trails and Nature Preserves along the Susquehanna.


  1. Create. Taking some time to be creative will help break your mind out of a rut. It can alleviate stress and keep your mind engaged. And nothing beats that rewarding feeling of looking at your finished product after all of your hard work.



Upcycle a piece of old clothing or furniture. Paint. Keep a journal. Knit.


  1. Did you miss spring cleaning? Try spending some time indoors to go through your possessions and reassess. Many Lancaster County nonprofits accept used clothing or lightly used household items. Animal shelters accept old shirts, newspapers, or old pet items. Have a lot of extra unopened soaps, lotions or other toiletries? Shelters are often in need and happy to accept these items for their residents.

Judy McCloud of Tabor Community Services. Photo Courtesy of Nick Gould


Church World Services. YWCA Lancaster. SPCA Lancaster. Tabor Community Services.


  1. Support local by visiting farmers markets and produce stands all over Lancaster County. One of my favorite things about summer is the variety of fresh produce.

Photo Courtesy of Kaylee Rex


Meck’s Produce. The Corn Wagon. Roots Country Market and Auction. Windy Knoll Farm. Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction. Lancaster Central Market.


  1. After gathering some fresh, local ingredients, try making something new out of them.



Beet Lemonade. Watermelon Feta and Cilantro Salad with Lime Vinaigrette. Fresh Corn Salsa. Caramelized Skillet Peaches.



  1. Take a day or weekend trip. Lancaster is in a prime location with so many cool places just a short drive away.



Jim Thorpe. Gettysburg. Philadelphia. Frederick. Baltimore. Visit Where & When PA for more ideas.


  1. Take a class. When I am feeling stuck, I like to learn something new. It might even lead to a new passion or hobby.


Take a fitness class or join an adult program at Hempfield Rec, Lititz Rec or Lancaster Rec. Get artsy at PA Guild of Craftsmen workshops. Get cooking at one of Zest!’s classes.


  1. Take pleasure in the little things in your life. Make a list and remember them whenever you are feeling down.



Here are some ideas to start your list: The laughter of your family. Wildflowers. Lemonade on a hot, summer day.



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