Summer means…

“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James

For most nonprofit staff members, summer typically brings a slight slow-down in program activity, although for some it can be the busiest time of the year particularly if you’re running a summer camp or enrichment program. But for those who do enjoy this slower time of year, the Lee+ Associates team recommends these five tips to help you rejuvenate and recharge this summer.

1. Change your routine.
If your supervisor will permit it, consider going into work early and leaving early to maximize time at the end of the day for your favorite pursuits…an evening stroll, a swim, a 9-hole round of golf, cooking, trying a new restaurant or reading.

2. Take a mini-vacation.
Even if you don’t have much time accrued, taking a Friday or Monday off to extend the weekend is essential in helping you decompress. Use the time to explore the great state of Texas, or just stay home with a good read.

3. Try a new exercise regimen.
If you’re typically a walker, try swimming. If you’re into weight-lifting, try a morning jog. The point is to try something out of the ordinary to help boost your endorphins and help revitalize your exercise routine this summer.

4. Volunteer at a nonprofit other than your own.
Nothing delivers a deep sense of satisfaction more than doing good for others. Volunteering at an agency outside your own arena will expand your knowledge of and compassion for other nonprofit spheres.

5. Reconnect with family and friends.
Summertime signals reunion time. Take the time this summer to connect with college roommates, high school buddies, and extended family members. Facebook is alive with photos of these reconnections for friends and families alike. Enjoying shared memories is one of the highlights of each summer season.

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