5 Things To Do For A Happy + Productive Summer | #HappyIs2016

REST: This may seem like a pretty obvious one but if you've just finished up in college or school for the summer or you're off work for a few weeks, your brain and body need some serious TLC time. Make sure you take the time out to relax whenever you can; using a day off to chill at home and take a breather does wonders for the mind. Put your phone away, lie out in the back garden (if it's sunny) and embrace the fact that you are FREE to unwind (for now). It's great 'to do' things but sometimes the days where you do nothing at all are just as satisfactory and beneficial.

TRAVEL: Again, an obvious one to most but summer is the ideal time to travel and go on adventures. It's the perfect way to breakout of your comfort zone to experience new and exciting places. Travelling in between work and college will not only be a form of necessary escapism for you but it'll inevitably open your mind and help you to grow as a person in the long run.

I travelled around Europe last summer and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I can safely say it genuinely made my grow as a person and ignited the flame inside of me that makes me want to see and explore the world. I'm off to New York and L.A in less than 3 weeks on my own - I wouldn't have had the courage to merely book my flights if it wasn't for last summer. Just go for it! Remember: travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.

START SOMETHING NEW: Summer is the ideal time to start something new that you've wanted to do or learn for ages but keep putting off. Whether it be blogging or taking up a skill, it's the right time to experiment. Not every hobby requires money or a "school setting" - there's countless tutorials and free courses online, whether you want to learn how to code or learn how to apply gel nails, the world is your oyster when it comes to boosting your talents in the 21st century.

HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS + FAMILY: When life takes hold, sometimes we can become a bit of a recluse and rarely see our friends or family as much as we'd like. It's important to take the time to hang out with friends that you mightn't see often enough or family members that need company. It's sounds cheesy but as I've gotten older, I've realised the importance of arranging to see friends that I might drift from or family members that are getting older.

DISCOVER YOUR CITY: If you don't have the budget to travel or do much during the summer, fret not! Every summer I try and discover new things and places about Dublin that I haven't experienced before. Thoroughly exploring your city and what it has to offer is generally purse-friendly and a really rewarding experience. Whether it be visiting a museum, exhibition or flea market, you'll be thrilled with yourself for getting to know your hometown that little bit more. 

My favourite things to do in Dublin during the summer are attend fairs or markets, check out exhibitions that might come in handy for my upcoming college year and have random wanders around areas that I mightn't be too familiar with. I also love getting the bus out to Glendalough in Wicklow for the ultimate brain-break and mini-getaway; it's an hour away and pure magic.