This summer has been extremely hot. Like, sweltering, uncomfortably hot.
It has also been other uncomfortable things, including, but not limited to: stressful, chaotic, overwhelming, emotionally draining, tiring, or any other thing that can drive you out of your mind.
So, what do you do when you need an escape? You take advice from those that seem to have a good grasp and outlook on things to help you get through it all.
If you are finding yourself in that place of stress and worry, let Olaf be your guide! Picture how much cooler life would be “In Summer” if you could just “Let It Go”!
Here are seven things that Olaf would recommend you do to be your own “Fixer Upper” and to bring joy back to your life.
1. Sing Out Loud
Starting with songs, Olaf is a performer at heart, getting caught up in the moments of fantasy and dreams to express his emotions to a captivated audience.
He gets lost in the moment. He doesn’t really care who is listening. He dances like nobody’s watching.
The next time you are in your car, or in the shower, or in the park, or anywhere, just sing!
If the guy next to you hears it and stares at you, turn and wave and keep right on performing, because you know that you have just found one of your happy places, and no one can take that away from you!
2. Let Things Go
Okay, so I know that Olaf doesn’t necessarily say this, but he does live it.
Things literally roll off of him (and not just because he’s a snowman). It’s actually a good thing. It’s protective. It’s safe. The best part is that someone is always there to help pick up the pieces and put him back together again.
We put so much pressure on ourselves to try and fix everything for everybody that we end up not helping anybody.
Olaf calls for us to simply control “what you can when things feel out of control.” That means taking control of only the things you can handle and address.
It’s a great stress release strategy, and it does help you refocus.
3. Hug Everybody
There are times when I simply need to give a hug to someone.
It’s my way of saying I care and I am there without having to say any words. My kids have been inundated with random drop-in hugs and snuggles, and I think we have needed that comfort and strength over the past few months.
Olaf understands the importance of embracing those he encounters. He loves warm hugs, and even admits that there are some people that are “worth melting for.”
4. Be Up For an Adventure
Try stepping out of your comfort zone into the unknown!
Start with trying a new restaurant menu item instead of your regular routine.
Go out to peach or apple festivals and see what your local area has to offer.
There is something about the experience itself that makes it so much better than seeing it in other people’s pictures or Instagram stories.
It helps if you are with a bunch of friends who you can experience everything with. Who knows? You might even meet a Samantha along the way!
5. Be Yourself
Olaf has flaws just like the rest of us. He is philosophical without even realizing it. He blurts out everything that he is thinking without a filter. He dreams impossible dreams.
Through it all, Olaf is unapologetically himself (except when he finds clothing restricting), and he is loved and adored for who he truly is. He is innocent and outgoing, whimsical, and sincere.
No wonder why everyone wants to build a snowman!
6. Use Your Imagination
This is tough, especially for those of us that get a bit stuck in our routines, but it is so liberating to simply let your mind wander and wonder about what could be.
Olaf doesn’t know why, but he’s “always loved the idea of summer, and sun, and all things hot”. He dreams of what it could be, and it would be glorious.
You, too, can ponder if turtles can breathe through their butts (they can, kind of), if people blink 4 million times a day (they don’t), and if wombats poop in squares (they do!).
The more you stretch your thinking, the more of the world you will actually be able to see. Don’t wait until you are older. Start now!
7. Always See the Good In Things (and People)
It’s hard to always see the silver lining in things.
It’s even harder when you have to hunt for it. But if you can try to see the bigger picture, some things just aren’t that bad!
Take Olaf, for instance. He gives most people the benefit of the doubt because he loves putting other people’s needs before his.
He befriends everybody and enjoys everything because he knows that an “act of true love will thaw a frozen heart.”
He always tries to see the best in all people and make the most out of things, and we should, too.
If you can put any of these seven Olaf-guided strategies to use, then soon enough you will be seeing and living “all good things, all good things.”
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