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7 Ways To Make Your Summer Buzz Last All Fall

Sunday, Sept. 22 marks the official start of Fall, meaning it's once again time to trade in swimsuits for cozy sweaters and iced teas for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But instead of mourning the end of carefree summer days, triggering a case of the September blues, try taking some of the health- and happiness-boosting summer habits with you into Autumn.

We tend to think of the summer season as a time to take a break from the stressors of work and everyday life, enjoying opportunities to rejuvenate with leisure activities and time outside. But there's no reason that all needs to end when Fall rolls around.

You don't have to lose your summer glow as the seasons shift. Here are seven ways to keep your buzz until the holidays and beyond.

1. Plan a few mini-vacations.

Even if you used up the bulk of your vacation days (and your travel budget) on a big summer trip, make time for at least one or two short, affordable weekend trips during the fall, like driving to visit a friend in a nearby city or renting a cabin in a local state park with friends for the weekend. It could do wonders for your health, well-being, and even productivity. In a 2009 study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that leisure time was correlated with positive emotions, reduced depression, greater life satisfaction, lower blood pressure and healthier weight, NPR reported.

Plus, you'll reap the benefits of an upcoming trip for months before you take it. The mere anticipation of a vacation can boost happiness for up to eight weeks before you leave, according to a 2010 Dutch study.

Sunday, Sept. 22 marks the official start of Fall, meaning it's once again time to trade in swimsuits for cozy sweaters and iced teas for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But instead of mourning the end of carefree summer days, triggering a case of the September blues, try taking some of the health- and happiness-boosting summer habits with you into Autumn.

We tend to think of the summer season as a time to take a break from the stressors of work and everyday life, enjoying opportunities to rejuvenate with leisure activities and time outside. But there's no reason that all needs to end when Fall rolls around.

You don't have to lose your summer glow as the seasons shift. Here are seven ways to keep your buzz until the holidays and beyond.

1. Plan a few mini-vacations.