Summer’s almost here. Let’s make it the summer of self love. After all, can’t you just sense that spirit of hope, happiness and optimism in the air? There’s a jubilant sense of celebration in the bursts of nature all around us. It’s in the way the trees and flowers all around us are starting to bloom in their most beautiful and vivid colours. Not to mention the long days and bright, balmy evenings.
All around us the natural world is showing us the best version of itself. Maybe it’s time we all followed suit? Summer’s the perfect time to give ourselves an honest audit of our physical and mental wellbeing. This doesn’t just mean getting fit and working on your Summer Body, as it’s often referred to (although exercising, eating right and feeling comfortable in our own skin are all important to our health). It means giving some care and attention to the most neglected aspects of your well being and getting out of bad habits that society and the media encourage us to embrace. Here are some summer health habits that we could all get into…
Make this the year you try meditation
Over summer, well, all year really we can feel as though our lives are permanently stuck in fast forward mode. Time seems to pass us by so quickly and the pace of living can seem so frantic that it gets harder to derive the joy we need to get from our lives.
If only there were some way to slow down the breakneck pace of life and smell the proverbial (and literal) roses. As a matter of fact there is. And this should be the summer in which you try it.
Meditation is not only a great form of stress relief, it can help to quiet and relax a mind that’s exhausted from having to juggle family, friends, business, money, a career and all the myriad obligations that make up adult life.
Mindfulness meditation can be extremely effective in giving our mental and physical health a boost while helping us to get out of our heads more and enjoy the humble pleasures of the world around us. Best of all, you don’t need to meditate for hours and hours a day to achieve enlightenment. Just five minutes a day is enough.