45 Self-Improvement Activities To Start This Summer (Updated for 2018!)

Summer is a great time to add something new into your life. The weather is nice, your energy is high, and everything just seems more fun. What would make a new activity even greater? If it involves some self-improvement too!

This article was originally published in 2017 with 7 of my most favorite activities. It was a hit then so I decided to give my readers a bit more to enjoy with an additional 38 ideas!

Improve your mind, body, and spirit with these 45 fun self-improvement activities to start this summer!

45 Self-Improvement Activities To Start This Summer (Updated for 2018!)


  • Start a blog. It can be as fancy or as simple as you want. Here are my tips for beginner bloggers!
  • Read. Try a reading challenge or work your way through TIME’s All-Time 100 Novels.
  • Learn a language.
  • Brush up your knowledge. Pick up a book, watch the History Channel, or maybe dig up your old textbooks. You might even learn something you never learned in the classroom!
  • Write a book. 
  • Create a scrapbook or photo album. Who does those anymore, right?
  • Learn to play chess.
  • Learn to crochet or knit.
  • Learn an instrument.
  • Start journaling. Use my Journaling Zero-to-Hero Challenge to help you get started!
  • Unplug. Put the electronics down for a few hours every day.
  • Complete daily puzzles or brain activities.
  • Garden. Try an outdoor veggie garden or indoor succulents. No green thumb? Just keep fresh florals around!
  • Upcycle something old or craft something new.
  • Hold weekly movie nights. Do them outdoors if you can!


  • Practice yoga.
  • Take daily walks.
  • Set a fitness goal, like running a mile or mastering a handstand!
  • Improve your diet.
  • Schedule regular spa days or massages.
  • Take a new exercise class.
  • Even better, take an outdoor exercise class!
  • Swim more often.
  • Do morning stretches.
  • Eat summer fruit, like pineapples, peaches, and oranges. Yum!
  • Do a water drinking challenge. Then, stick with it!
  • Take more bike rides.
  • Do something in nature, like canoeing, kayaking, or hiking.
  • Make as many fresh/homemade meals as you can.
  • Make fresh smoothies.


  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Find your Ikigai, or “a reason for being”. I recently broke down the concept here on the blog.
  • Read religious/spirituality books that speak to you.
  • Listen to religious/spirituality podcasts that speak to you.
  • Practice regular meditation/prayer.
  • Create a relaxation space, with items that bring you peace and joy.
  • Help someone in need.
  • Enjoy more peaceful time outside. 
  • Plan a “stay”cation. Pamper yourself and indulge in some relaxation right at home.
  • Set goals for the rest of the year.
  • Adjust your daily and nightly rituals. 
  • Declutter your space.
  • Enjoy a summer playlist.
  • Breathe in more fresh air. Roll down the windows!
  • Work on dropping a bad habit.


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45 Self-Improvement Activities To Start This Summer (Updated for 2018!)

What is something new that you want to take on this summer? What are some of your favorite self-improvement activities? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Jennifer

    These are great ideas to revive us, and get us on a path that makes us feel alive! Love your ideas!

    June 20, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Thank you so much! 🙂

      June 21, 2018 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Meredith

    Love all of these! I’m so pleased with myself that I’ve actually already done some of them! Thanks for all of these awesome ideas!!!

    June 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Yay! It seems like you’re already on a great track 🙂

      June 21, 2018 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Zahra

    Ah yes to all! I’ve got to start writing my summer bucket list- this post got me excited to do so!

    June 20, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Yay! I’m glad to get you started 🙂

      June 21, 2018 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Samara

    So many great ideas here! I have bookmarked this post for future reference. Hopefully I can get cracking on several of these this summer!

    June 20, 2018 at 6:24 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Great! Keep coming back for more good stuff 🙂

      June 21, 2018 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Deena | Divine Art of Homemaking

    I love this! So often we’re only focused on New Year’s resolutions, but the idea of Summer Self Improvement is great!

    June 20, 2018 at 9:12 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Let the self-improvement commence all year long!

      June 21, 2018 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Laura at The Mindful Mom Blographer

    I loved your post on Ikigai and I love that you mention it in this list. I also love that you added journaling. I just started actively doing it this year and it has been an amazing experience.

    June 21, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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