Bet you’d like to hang onto the feelgood vibes of a summer holiday, especially if you didn’t have one this year.
Now this isn’t going to be a dumb piece about keeping your fresh-from-the-beach locks by spritzing on some expensive concoction. Oh, no. Not when you can get the same effect far more cheaply.
First off, wear sunglasses as long as you can. Or maybe, to avoid stumbling about, just wear your ordinary glasses while tilting your head and admiring your surroundings as if seeing it all for the first time.
There’s nothing like holiday togs to bring back memories. Don’t you have an I ♥ SANTORINI T-shirt hiding somewhere?
A straw hat will complete the look, though admittedly the rain won’t do it much good.
Keep shaving your legs and painting your toenails. Guys, stop shaving. It doesn’t matter what you do with your toenails because you’re probably wearing socks with your sandals.
Now for a more palatable suggestion: listen to music with a seasonal vibe, like The Boys of Summer, Summertime Blues, and Gershwin’s classic Summertime. My all-time favourite is still Under the Boardwalk.
You may not be lounging by the pool, but you could still make time to read novels rather than newspapers and the daily misery of reality.
Ditto, watching the TV news can only worsen the feeling of impending doom. Isn’t Hawaii 5-0 on repeat somewhere?
Go for a walk to boost your endorphins and savour the last rays of sunshine. If you’ve already been on a walk, go for another one. It’s even more like a holiday if one of your flip-flops breaks while you’re out.
There’s nothing like a day out to give you a holiday buzz. You’ll need to plan well ahead to visit somewhere special like Kentish Town City Farm, but it’s well worth the effort.
If refreshments are on offer, why not get a cream tea or an ice cream? Where you can, drink sangria, Pimms, or anything with a paper parasol in it. You can always pop it into a hot chocolate later.
Dig out old photos and immerse yourself in happy memories. I’ve recently been writing about growing up in Egypt, and studying ancient albums full of grainy pictures from the beach have given me a lot of fun.
Finally, here’s the crucial thing for keeping autumn at bay: don’t mention Christmas. Sorry. Just did.
I’m off to put some overpriced brine on my hair. Meanwhile, I’d love to hear from you. Do you see off summer happily, or try to hang on as long as possible? And what tunes would you put on your summer playlist?