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.
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