Three Ways You Benefit from Summer

You’ve been waiting for it all year.

And it’s finally here.

Hello, summer!

It’s not like your day to day life has changed dramatically.

You still have the job, the kids, the house, the dog, the errands, the bills, and commitments. In fact, you likely have even more things to do, such as organizing day camps, planning trips, packing bags, doing yard work, and home improvements.

And yet, everything just feels different.

That’s because summer is the time of year we give ourselves permission to slow down, unwind, and take a break. Whether it’s the longer days, the warmer temperatures, the greening of the world outside, or all of the above, we tend to pause, rest, and reset more often throughout the summer months.

Did you know this?

Although the rewards of summertime may seem obvious to some, here are three benefits you may not have thought about:

Summer helps reduce stress.

Many of us take holidays during the summer. Whether we stay home, relax at a cottage, or travel the world, summer provides an opportunity for us to step away from the stresses of our everyday life. We often get more rest and take time for self-care. As a result, we replenish the physical, mental, and emotional resources we need to navigate the demands of everyday life.

You eat better.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful all summer long. From early crops such as rhubarb, strawberries, asparagus, and peas, to later options such as raspberries, peaches, corn, and carrots, it’s easy to incorporate healthy produce into your diet that is chock full of vitamins, fibre, and nutrients.

You connect with nature.

The warm summer months allow us to connect directly with nature. Whether you’re camping in the wilderness, walking on the beach, or puttering in the garden, there are many opportunities to breathe fresh air, feel the earth, and reconnect with the natural world.

Do what makes you feel happy.

There are countless ways you can benefit from summertime. But the most important thing is to do what makes you feel happy. After all, you’ve been waiting all year for summer to arrive.

What helps you feel rested and recharged during the summer? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

You’re wonderful.

Mary Lou