Wellness Notes

Six Ideas for Stress-free Summers

With warmer weather and longer hours of day light in the Northern Hemisphere it seems natural to slow down just a little and take time get outside and free yourself from the tight schedules and intensity of a busy year.

If this sound like a good idea but somehow does not come naturally to you here are a few ideas to keep on your refrigerator or bathroom wall to remind you how life could be if you could…

1. Stop and smell the flowers, be in the moment. Get out into nature listen to her sounds and be nourished by her colors. Visit places where you can swim or see an expanse of water. If this is not possible, a forest is the next best choice.
2. Remember the three R’s : Rest, Relaxation and Recreation – do it!
3. Choose to exercise at cooler times of day or if you go to the gym leave time for a long cool shower after your work out.
4. Abandon the evening news and listen to peaceful music. Meditate as regularly as you can. Little and often is better than hours on retreat.
5. Sleep on your right side and close your right nostril. This naturally cools your body according to Ayurveda.
6. Wear light clothing made of natural fabrics that breathe e.g. cottons, linen, bamboo and hemp. Surround yourself with cooling colors such as creams and the pastel shades. Get a wide sun hat, carry a colorful sarong to cover your shoulders and wear sunscreen.

Stay cool this summer!

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