Summer can be a busy time of going to the lake, enjoying lavish dinners with friends and attending multiple parties. While the busy schedule can take a toll on your body, here are four quick and simple ways to recharge and bring everything back into balance.
1. A shot a day of apple cider vinegar:
Many of the yoga professionals I’ve worked with have recommended taking a shot a day of apple cider vinegar, diluted in a cup of either warm or cold water. After researching some of the properties, I decided to try it out for myself. I chose Certified Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider vinegar because it’s unfiltered, unheated and unpasteurized. It is also one of the most highly recommended brands out there. With about 5 percent acidity, this variation of vinegar is also made from organic apples.
Many studies have been released lately about the properties of apple cider vinegar, but the true test is trying it out for yourself and seeing what it can do for your body.
Some studies have shown that it boosts immunity during the flu season and it also helps maintain healthy skin. It can also help promote healthy digestion. Give it a try.
2. One minute of meditation:
Take a break from the constraints of time. Many summer days are spent rushing around, trying to get from place to place on-time. Let go of the expectation to fill your days with events and plans every hour.
But on those days when traveling and meetings are inevitable, make time to take one minute of meditation to check in with your body and your breathing. Observe how you’re feeling and if all signals point to being stressed to the max, ask yourself what you can do to scale back your schedule and relax more.
The warm days of summer are meant for relaxation, not for stress. Take a minute out of your day to acknowledge, without worry or judgment, when you’re doing too much.
3. Get out of the gym and into the park:
Sure, the air-conditioned gym and the familiar elliptical machine might be calling your name, but if you’re on a regular fitness routine in the summer, try taking your workout outdoors and into nature.
Some studies have shown that getting out into nature might be good for emotional health. Walking, running or biking by trees, fresh grass, flowers and sunshine can be good for recharging your batteries and feeling refreshed.
4. Enjoy the moment and try new things:
In some parts of the world, the warmer months don’t last forever, so enjoy it while you can and take time out of your day to try new activities you wouldn’t normally engage in.
Make a list of a few new things you would like to accomplish this summer. Make your goals big and plan to follow through the best you can. By September, go back and review your list and see all of the amazing things you did that inspired and fully engaged your adventurous spirit. Have fun!
Photo by Tony Frantz