Reclaim your summer
Girls' Life magazine|August/September 2021
We interrupt this back-to-school issue to remind you: You are still on vacay!

It’s still sunny season...and the livin’ should be super easy, right? Except it just hasn’t felt that way. Here’s how to slow things down so you can *actually* bliss out for what’s left of this break.

SUNNY STRESS #1

YOUR CALENDAR’S ZANY

School’s out but somehow your planner ended up more packed than ever. No wonder you feel as fried as an egg on July asphalt.

SAVE YOUR SUMMER: Feel like break has been more frenzied than fun? Time to prioritize. A summer science class that will up your chances of making honors next year? Keep it. Not grooving on beach volleyball, but joined a league because all your friends did? Quit—and cheer from the sidelines for a few games instead.

SUNNY STRESS #2

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