During the summer months it’s important to pay close attention to you body and its needs. The high energy, hot weather and long, light days can lead to dehydration, fatigue and feelings of burnout. To ensure your batteries are fully charged in the coming weeks and months here are some simple habits to help you create a more mindful summer.
1. Take Regular Breath Breaks
To begin with, while you’re reading this, notice your breathing and where your breath begins and ends in your body. Don’t force the breath, simply allow it to come and go naturally, letting it deepen and soften if that feels right.
The simple act of noticing your breath will immediately bring relief to your body. Set a timer on your phone and take regular breath breaks throughout the day. The breath break can be as little as one minute long and can even be incorporated into many of the tasks we perform each day.
Repeat to yourself, ‘I breathe in, I breathe out’. You could try this when folding laundry, walking or even drinking tea.
2. Connect with Nature
If possible, get outside and connect with nature. Studies have shown that our ability to adapt to temperature changes in our environment directly correlates with the amount of time we spend outside.
Take a walk in the park, by a river, or take your shoes off in your garden. Soak up a sunset, watch the sway of long grass or the gentle flow of trees as they move with the wind. Enjoy being in the present moment.
3. Tune into Music
Make a playlist of sounds or music that calms you. Set a timer and take 5-minute music breaks at regular intervals throughout your day. Plug yourself into your tunes, take some slow deep breaths and notice the surface you are sitting on and your feet as they touch the ground.
4. Express Gratitude
Spend a few moments each morning and evening thinking of at least one thing you are grateful for. This positively impacts your mindset and can hugely affect your entire day. This can be as simple as taking a moment to drink your morning tea. You can find our blog post on ‘ how to cultivate a gratitude practice’ here.
5. Focus on Your Own Needs
Write a list of anything that helps you feel good about yourself or that you enjoy doing. Try a warm salt bath, not only does the magnesium in the salt help your body replenish any lost through sweat, the warm water will help you feel cool. Come back to this list whenever you feel wrung out. It will help you return focus to your own needs and allow you to replenish yourself as a priority.
In a few months’ time, the sunshine may feel like a distant memory, so while paying attention to your own energy stores, take a moment to inhale the heat, sunshine and sensations of this sunny time of year. Come back to yourself as often as possible, and know that like your breath, everything ebbs and flows.
Love the SOL team x