4 Tips for a Relaxing Summer

Summer can be a hectic time, so you have to make relaxing a priority. Here are 4 tips for a relaxing summer.

Block off a day or more each week day in your calendar, June through August, in which  you allow no meeting, appointment, or errand to be scheduled. This is different than vacation; it’s leaving your options open. You’re increasing your chances of letting things “happen,” a critical element of summer bliss. This flexibility may make a last minute golf game or beach run viable at 2pm. You might be able to work from home with your bare feet in the grass.

As soon as the weather gets nice, set a daily intent (DI). Take a minute shortly after waking to ask yourself: What realistic thing can I do to savor today? What must happen first, to allow me to do it? Savoring doesn’t have to be big. A ten minute walk along the river, moving dinner to the yard, putting a tomato plant in—these are realistic events, but might require intent to occur. Your DI should keep you focused.

Set solid limits. The summer calendar is already booking.  Say this to any new commitments that will challenge your savoring:  “Summer’s not good for me, but I’ll be freer in the fall, and we can talk then.” When someone wants to meet with you: “Sorry, can’t. But we can email or talk via phone if it’s really important.”

Do less of what you dislike. We often think we need to say yes to every invitation, make cookies for our son’s bake sale, be sitting at our desk just in case the boss walks by—but do we really? Ask yourself: Do I want to do this? Do I have to? Be brutally honest and act accordingly.

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