Lately, wherever I go, people are sharing the same testaments of “I’m tired”, “June was crazy,” “I’m exhausted,” or “I need a holiday.” It’s as if we are all walking zombies! I am feeling it too as mental fatigue has come over me. As a result, I am dedicating this summer to restoration.
Restoration means bringing yourself back to balance. We don’t give ourselves permission to rest when we need to, put our feet up when we’re tired, take a break from the daily routine and schedule, slow down, stop to smell the flowers or be present where we are. We constantly go, push through and ignore the feedback our body is giving. This creates imbalance, fatigue, anxiety, stress, tension, insomnia, inflammation, emotional eating, poor food choices and so much more.
It is so important to practice the wisdom of summer – a time to play, be spontaneous and have fun. Sleep, play, hang in a hammock, spend time in nature, walk barefoot in the grass, swim, eat whole vibrant food that your desire, don’t overbook your schedule, pick up your guitar, listen to music, meditate, write, do yoga, take a day trip to the mountains, enjoy the Farmer’s Markets, eat delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables and take time out to enjoy life.
And if you are taking a holiday or a weekend off, get off social media, your cell phones, texting, checking emails and let your body, mind and soul truly restore. Be where you are and leave the rest behind. It wasn’t that long ago that vacation auto-responders were used! I am definitely setting mine for my summer vacation (July 15-31st). I can’t remember the last time I did and my body and mind are giving me feedback that I need to, so I am listening, and I hope you do the same!
Whatever you do this summer, do it with the intention to restore, restore, restore.
Yours in health and vitality,