Ahhh summer, can you feel it in the air? The days are nearly at their longest, energy is palpable, and nature is in full bloom.
We as humans are a part of nature, so naturally, as the seasons ebb and flows, so do we. With the Summer Equinox coming in a few weeks I can feel the winds of change bringing in this fiery new season we anticipate all year long.
Summer brings in more energy which means that we are generally more productive or creative and also tend to want to socialize more. You may feel called to take risks, stay out late enjoying time with friends, travel, take advantage of summer Friday's at work, or indulge in happy hour on a patio. We are truly solar powered beings, so with more hours of sunlight, we take the sun's rays and turn it into energy we can use.
Have you thought about what you're going to do with the extra daylight hours?
If you're like me, I ALWAYS want to do ALL THE THINGS, and this get's magnified in the summer. I am all for taking advantage of this surge of energy, however it's helpful to be strategic in order to maximize the time you have, not get burnt out or overwhelmed and fully take advantage of all summer has to offer.
Make the most out of Summer
1. Set an Intention: There is so much we can take advantage of each summer; social events, celebrations, trips, that long list of things you kept putting off all winter. Setting an intention and creating a prioritized list of what you truly want and can realistically accomplish will help keep you focused on what is truly important.
2. Schedule in down time: A tricky one to do anytime, but it's extra important over the summer. This is our time to enjoy the energy, but also to recharge so we can carry forward this momentum into the Fall and Winter. The sun acts like a huge battery charging us up so make sure you get in some times to soak up the sun, relax, read a book and chill too.
3. Stick with your non-negotiable routines: I've talked about non-negotiables before + lately about morning routines to help me ground before the day begins. While you may feel relaxed during the summertime, don't let the important habits you have put into place fall to the wayside. Maintaining your healthy behaviours will help to stay on track and avoid a crash in energy once the summer ends.
4. Use Nature's Momentum: This time of year everything is growing and there is a budding life force pulsing through everything around us. Use that creative energy to work on your own projects! Try a new activity! Make new friends! Summer is a great time to grow your skillset both internally through externally.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.