Top Ten Tips for Staying Well in the Summer
By Rachel Kriger, Licensed Acupuncturist:
Derived from the ancient wisdom of the Five Elements
10) Have Fun! Join with others to manifest spring’s plans, and make it joyous.
9) Play in your garden- this can be an actual garden and/or the metaphorical garden of anything you are cultivating. Invite a sense of playfulness to the work that you do to sustain your life as you watch it grow and mature.
8) Summer is a time of maturity. Choose your words carefully, and practice speaking only what will be of service to the listener. Know that in every moment, you have the power to choose your response to any situation.
7) Make time to spend with your loved ones, and thank them for being in your life. This can also be a great time to re-connect with family or friends.
6) Go to bed early and wake up early. Listen to your body when it needs to rest.
5) Enjoy the sun’s healing presence, and be sure to stay hydrated. As a guideline, drink 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water daily.
4) Eat until you feel 2/3 full. Eat colorful foods prepared raw, or cooked quickly on a high heat using more water and less salt. On hot days incorporate spicy foods and warm drinks, which promote sweating to cool you down.
3) Allow sadness when it arises. Notice where you feel it in your body, and place your hands there. Breathe love into that area. Increase love and compassion in your body AND in your way of being.
2) When you notice yourself in opposition to what is, draw a bigger picture to see beyond the duality. Practice this by using the word “and” in place of “but.” For example: “I want to go to the party, AND I need to rest tonight.”
1) As in all times of the year, pay attention to your unique body. Follow these tips to the degree that they serve you. In the summer, focus on your heart & allow it to be effortlessly present in each moment. You can practice calm presence, and sort out what to take to heart and what you can let go.
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