3 Tips to Help You Stay Cool this Summer
Can you feel it in the air? Summer break is nearly here!
‘Tis the season to be jolly! The long warm days and buzz of excitement sure make this a beautiful time of year. A great time to get together with your friends and loved ones to enjoy a celebratory catch up for the year been, and share dreams and ideas for the year ahead!
But the Christmas season can also be one of overindulgence and stress. Don’t forget to breathe and be mindful for your own mental wellbeing and physical health!
Stress can manifest in our bodies creating tension, pain, weight gain, digestive issues, fatigue or even burn out. So instead of falling into this all too familiar pattern, head into the summer season with vitality!
Here are 3 top tips to help you stay cool, calm and connected throughout the holiday season:
1. Move Mindfully
Exercising 3 times per week for at least 30 minutes per session offers a world of benefits. It’s important to get your heartrate up but it doesn’t have to be too strenuous! A brisk walk or gentle yoga flow is all it takes. Aim to get out and about in nature for a bush bash or beach stroll and feel your body refuel! Exercise helps to:
- Improve your circulation and cardiovascular health
- Build strong lean muscles to protect you from injury and support healing
- Release positive endorphins so that you feel more alive, alert and happy
- Lower stress and improve your immunity by reducing levels of cortisol in your body
- Increase your energy levels and stamina so that you can spend quality time doing what you love
2. Breathe Deeply
Our minds are often overburdened with thoughts; worrying about the future, problem-solving, or reminiscing about the past. If you find yourself in a state of overwhelm close your eyes and take 5 deep belly breaths. Then sit for a few moments allowing your awareness to gently drift to the sensation of air flowing in and out through the nostrils. You’ll soon notice your worries and concerns drift away (and realise that they weren’t actually that important or worth the energy!)
Connecting with your breath is a method for being present. When you concentrate on each aspect of the breathing process, you are present; you let go of the past and future and are focused on the moment inside the breath. This is why breathing consciously is its own form of meditation.
3. Rest and Revive
The last thing your body needs is to head into the new year feeling more exhausted than at the end of the year before! Allowing yourself time out to rest is one of the best things you can do to reset and recharge.
Modern life is full of demands and deadlines but often we set unrealistic and unnecessary expectations upon ourselves. Remember that you can say ‘no’. You don’t have to be available to everyone 100% of the time. In fact, it’s more important to conserve energy so that you can have more meaningful interactions.
Set aside time at least twice per week for self-care practices. Some ideas include: a guided meditation or yoga nidra, a mindful walk, a handful of restorative yoga postures, an Epsom salt bath, listening to relaxing music or just reading a light-hearted book.
You can’t help and be there for others when you are feeling depleted yourself. So make sure to move mindfully, breathe deeply and set aside time for yourself this Christmas break, and head into the new year feeling energised in body and mind!