Just when I was completely love with summer – its freedom, its adventure, its food, the seasons began to change. But if you are like me you are always looking for ways to keep summer’s spirit alive all year long. So here are 6 ways to harness your sense of wonder and overall relaxation throughout the seasons.
- Opt Outside – Just because summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean you should give up your love for the outdoors. Hike, swim, rock climb, kayak – never stop exploring. If work means you have to stay closer to home, make it a point to explore your hometown. Find a new hiking trail, take paddle board lessons – there is plenty to do right where you are! When planning activities, opt outside over shopping or video games.
- Unplug – If you are like me, you probably found yourself online less since you were busy having adventures (and really enjoying it). Remember to put the cell phone down, turn the TV off, or reach for a real book over the Kindle. It is so good for your mind and your soul to get off the screen. Give yourself boundaries – no screen at meals, no screen on the weekends, no screens after 9pm, etc. Your brain will thank you.
- Get On A Schedule – “Wait, I didn’t have a schedule this summer?!?”, you may say. But you had a lot more flex time. So if you want more flex time during the year that means you need to make sure to organize your time better. Wake up an hour earlier to go on a run, eat earlier with your family so you have time to chill at night, etc.
- Try A New Exercise Routine – To keep that sense of adventure and learning going, add a new exercise to your routine. Always wanted to try pilates – signup for a month of classes and see how you like it. Interested in yoga but never made the time, commit to doing it once a week. If we want to keep our brains and bodies active we should always be interested to try something new to stimulate our minds and keep us healthy.
- Eat The Rainbow – So you are bummed that all that yummy summer produce has been harvested, guess what there are plenty of of veggies in season every month throughout the year. September still boasts fresh tomatoes, beets, eggplant, carrots and as fall rolls on there will cauliflower, broccoli, apples, winter squash, turnips, spinach, persimmons, oranges, pomegranate, and so much more. Find what’s fresh and in season in your area and make your tummy happy!
- Seek A Blue Mind – Marine Biologist Wallace J. Nichols, author of A Blue Mind, believes we all have a ‘blue mind’ – “a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment that is triggered when we’re in or near water.” Make it a point to be around water throughout the year. As Nichols says, “Water quiets at the noise, all the distractions, and connects you to your mind.” So plan a fall trip near water, fish at a nearby lake, or regularly take a walk near a stream or waterfall.