As summer rolls around, our minds often wander to visions of sunshine, lazy afternoons, and a slower pace of life. However, in the midst of busy schedules and commitments, it’s easy to let the season slip away without truly embracing the season. This year, I am making the effort to slow down, recharge, and savor the simple pleasures of summer, and I want you to join me!
Here are five practical ways to incorporate relaxation into your summer routine:
- Schedule slow days in advance: In a world that constantly demands our attention, deliberately setting aside days for leisure becomes crucial. Mark your calendar with days dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation. Disconnect from work-related emails and commitments, allowing yourself to fully be present in the moment. .
- Use “let me get back to you” before making a commitment: We often find ourselves caught in a long list of obligations, saying “yes” to every invitation or request that comes our way in the heat of the moment. Instead, practice the art of thoughtful decision-making. When someone asks for your time, even if you’re inclined to say “yes,” respond with “let me get back to you.” This gives you the opportunity to assess your schedule, priorities, and energy levels before committing. By consciously managing your commitments, you can ensure you have time for yourself and the activities that truly matter.
- Utilize to-do lists: To-do lists can be powerful tools for productivity and time management, but they can also be sources of stress if overloaded. Create a summer-specific to-do list that focuses on your well-being and enjoyment. Include activities like trying out a new recipe, going for a walk, or spending quality time with loved ones. By incorporating these activities into your list, you prioritize them and ensure they receive the attention they deserve.
- Remind yourself that social media is a highlight reel: The summer season often brings about feelings of FOMO as we scroll through picture-perfect social media posts of friends and family enjoying their vacations. However, it’s essential to remember that these snapshots represent only a small part of reality. Remind yourself that social media is a curated highlight reel, not everyday life.
- Schedule in self-care: Summer relaxation should extend beyond a single day or vacation. Integrate self-care activities into your routine regularly. Whether it’s a soothing bubble bath, an outdoor yoga session, or a day dedicated to indulging in your favorite hobbies, make time for self-nurturing activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Prioritize your mental, emotional, and physical well-being.