Sponsor spotlight: Get sanity back — ideas to unplug this summer

During your summer break or vacation, consider the following ideas to not only recharge, but to do so without sitting in front of a screen, monitor or phone.

Leverage the library. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to a library, consider a trip to find two or three good books to help you pass the time this summer. If you have kids, consider going once a week or every two weeks as a summertime activity for the entire family. Plus the library is a great place for a variety of activities and resources, including books on tape for that long drive to your summer hideaway.

Start journaling or writing. Instead of reading a book you got from the library, why not actually write a book? If that sounds too ambitious, then consider starting a journal or writing shorter essays. Summer is a great time for taking your imagination and ideas, and getting them on paper.

Start a new outdoor hobby. Many studies confirm that outdoor activities give a boost to both your mental and physical health. It doesn’t matter if the activity uses a lot of energy, such as biking, running or hiking, or is a more laid-back activity like gardening or bird watching. Pick a new outdoor activity to help you destress and reconnect with nature.

Dust off your board and card games. Whether it’s a game for the entire family or a group of friends, summer is a great time to grab your favorite board and card games from the closet. Even better, consider going to a thrift store and finding a new board game. For the very ambitious, consider inventing your own game.

Volunteer. In addition to giving back to your community, volunteering can help both students and adults learn new skills and meet new people. Your volunteering activities are also something that usually look great on a resume.

Go for electronic-free walks. Many people exercise while listening to music or a podcast, or watching something on TV. Consider going for a walk or doing your normal exercise activity without an electronic device. Focus instead on the scenery around you or meditate on something that happened that day.

Meet with old friends. Always too busy to meet up with old friends? Consider scheduling game nights or outings. Not only can you catch up with everyone, you do it while laughing through a fun activity.

Start a quest. Pick a theme – such as mini-golf courses, state parks, lakes, or birds – and make it a quest to visit or find as many as possible. Consider it a real-life quest. Then make it memorable. For example, if your quest is to visit every state, consider taking a picture with your child and their favorite stuffed animal in each state. Then write a caption to make a great memory.

Finally, no matter what activity you choose during summer break, enjoy your time away.

— By Nancy J. Ekrem, CPA
Managing Shareholder
Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants




  1. Love all these suggestions Nancy. It would be a great time for Hasbro to come up with a new Trivial Pursuit addition if they could do it maybe one for older folks one for younger ha. This is because many olders don’t do the computer stuff all of the time. I never listen to music when in the yard or on a walk or when I used to camp in the mountains That was just my preference. No judgement. I love scrabble myself. It’s great for all ages It is good for Olders for cognitive practice and good for youngers just in case the computers all go down haha. Just joking but a hint of truth in there to me anyway. If you can’t get out a lot like me right now, I find phone calls and zooms with my friends and family to be a very good substitute. New or resumed indoor and outdoor activities are great and of course you are correct reading those books that you never got to reading or listening. I prefer reading the words myself. I like to bookmark certain passages. All of these are just inspiring suggestions you give us here Nancy. If I needed an accountant, you would be my choice.

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