We’ve been dreaming about hot summer days, the warmth of the sun on our skin, delicious summer berries, long relaxing days and starry nights… and it looks like summer is finally here!
Summer is a time of warmth, of connection and slowing down. Traditionally, it’s a time to celebrate those lazy moments, with holidays allowing a welcomed break from work, and time to catch up with family and friends. It is time to focus on our own well being too – giving ourselves some love and attention. The ‘summer body’ chat begins (uuurgh!), the pause while welcome often makes us notice our aches and pains, and our hopes may be pinned on busy trip planning which can lead to anxiety and dis-ease.
So how can we make the most of summer? With a few simple tweaks, we can really learn to switch off and relax, no matter what’s going on around us.
Shake up your routine
While it’s nice to be lazy, do you always find yourself doing the same things? Nature takes its cues from the seasons, and so should we! Tuning into our cyclic nature allows for the natural rhythms of body and mind, helping us relax, digest and sleep better! So take some time to tune into your body. Try to avoid too much clock watching, and follow the natural ebb and flow of your body – listen deeply. What is it telling you? Time to rest? Time to MOVE?
Summer is a fantastic time for foods, with so much choice when it comes to seasonal fruit and vegetables (See the graphics below for some ideas!). So avoid those heavy meals which slow us down in the hot months, and find a local market so you can take full advantage of light, nutritious foods – think summer berries, fresh fish, beautiful salads and delicate dressings! In between, opt for fresh juices and water, avoid excessive alcohol, and your digestion will have a well deserved boost too!
Get outdoors, get active
Go swimming in the sea, run through the woodland, walk barefoot on the grass – connect with nature as much as possible. Ground yourself in the Earth and reap the benefits! There have been some amazing scientific studies on grounding – it changes us on a cellular level – and movement is always easier when we are warm and relaxed, so let’s make the most of it!
So what are your plans for this summer?
How will you honour your mind, body and soul?