With the first day of summer right around the corner (June 21), now is the perfect time to remind ourselves to slow down and disconnect. As children, summer was the season to recharge and refresh; something we are desperately missing as adults who are constantly connected to technology.
We forget to let go of stress, our careers and most importantly, our cell phones, to engage in the season that is surrounding us. It’s become commonplace to choose technology over nature.
The energy of the summer months is refreshing, freeing and full of light, if we simply stop to enjoy it. The longer days combined with the natural tendency to slow down leaves time to eat dinner out doors, stay up just a bit later and enjoy life just a little bit more. There are many ways to end the summer season feeling refreshed; here are a few of my favorite tips to make the most of your summer:
The summer months give us an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Step outside your comfort zone and pick out something new – papaya, pineapple, cherries, figs, berries and melons are all in season. Vegetables like squash, zucchini, fennel and chard are aplenty. Summer is also when you’ll find Farmer’s Markets popping up all over your city. Check one out for the best produce selections and prices.
Do you remember the feeling of running through a sprinkler hose with the sun shining down on you? The smell of wet concrete and grass always brings back this memory for me. Take the time to splash around in a community pool, at the beach or local lake; if you don’t have access to a body of water, simply hook up a hose and have at it. In addition to making you feel young at heart, water based exercise and activities have been shown to improve mental health and mood.
We’ve all heard the phrase “get some fresh air!” Summer is the perfect season to do just that. Most Americans spend nearly 8 hours a day indoors at a desk; factor in commuting and that number increases significantly. Take some time during your lunch break to step outside for a quick walk; walking promotes deep breathing, which encourages a slower heart beat and stable blood pressure.
Sleep under the Stars
Getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life can be incredibly refreshing. If your schedule doesn’t allow for a camping trip, set up camp in your backyard. This is a great activity to introduce children to the wonders of sleeping outdoors, under the stars. Backyard camping is one way to replace screen time with green time. Join in on the fun and remember the sense of wonder that comes with gazing upward.
Unplug and Unwind
Many of us are unnecessarily addicted to our cell phones and computers. Instead of playing another round of Trivia Crack put down your device and take a walk at sunset. Use the time to connect with your children, your partner and even your furry friends. Sunsets have always been touted as visually soothing, but the awe of witnessing a sunset can also instill a sense of well-being.
Warmer weather is the perfect opportunity to spend time outdoors. Nature can be considered “fuel for the soul” and taking some time to connect outdoors can help ward off feelings of exhaustion and improve energy. Play a game of Frisbee, take a bike ride or read a book on the patio to improve your mood, vitality and energy.
Make the most of this summer and enjoy all that the outside world has to offer. I challenge you to spend your summer implementing these six tips and I know you’ll be refreshed and ready for everything that lies ahead.
Your turn: what are your plans for the summer? Do you enjoy camping? What is your ‘tip’ to make the most of the summer months?