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Make Summertime Work for You

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Make Summertime Work for You

The official start of summer is almost here.  And unless you plan it well, in the blink of an eye, it’s gone! Here in the Northeast, we only get a few months of warmth, sunshine, and extended daylight hours. This has proven to improve mood, lower anxiety, and increase energy levels.   How can you be sure to maximize the energy boost you get from the glorious sunlight and vitamin D?

It’s easy if you stay organized.  Plan your summer from the start.   Name your priorities.  What do you want to accomplish?  Is it family time?  Taking a vacation?  Home improvement projects?  Building your career or business?  Enjoying the outdoors? Reconnecting with friends?

Get out your day planner and schedule your summer.  Give yourself deadlines for completing important tasks or planning a vacation.  Is there a concert you don’t want to miss?  Is there a friend you’re overdue to visit?  You’ll be surprised how quickly the weekends fill up!  There are tons of tools online for staying organized.  Here is one example…  http://www.keepandshare.com/htm/calendars/free_printable_day_planner.php

Keep focused on career goals.  FInd a networking group to join on-line or in-person.   Commit to specific times and dates for important phone calls and meetings, personal goals for productivity,  and performance of your job.  Be creative in finding ways to enjoy your work while maintaining a healthy balance with fun.

Get outside.  There is evidence that suggests that not only sunshine, but soil improves mood and increases relaxation.  Take a walk in a park, do some gardening, connect with nature.  The bacteria in soil can actually make you feel better by effecting your serotonin levels. http://www.hortmag.com/blogs/gardening-blog/dirt-can-make-you-happy

Be in the moment.  Notice the beauty in your surroundings.  What do you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel?  Tune in to each of your five senses.  Appreciate them.  Now that you have your summer planned and on track, feel free to relax and enjoy each breath.

Heather Edwards, LMHC, BCC

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