Change of Seasons, Summer

With the change of seasons comes a chance to try something different. Liberate your mind, your senses, and your spirit. 

  • Look at the world upside down. Seeing things from a new perspective can change just about everything.

  • Spend an hour in silence just watching and listening. When you're finished, note everything you remember.

  • Take some time to meditate. Keep your eyes closed and focus on your breathing. Don’t try to control it, just feel it.

  • Choose something to count. Whether it's clouds, grass or sand, lose yourself in counting. Don't worry about being right!

  • Focus on things you can smell today. The rain, the heat rising off the sidewalk or a delicious meal.

  • Take a warm bath in the semi-darkness. When you settle in and relax, try to disconnect from your stresses.

  • Taste your food with your eyes closed and focus on each flavour. Try things you like and things you don't.

  • Sleep naked. Nothing makes you feel more free and relaxed than ditching a tight set of pajamas.

  • Spend some time watching the stars late at night. Try to get away from the city and see how many you can count.

  • Go to an art gallery, a theatre or a part of town you have never been before. Browse the area for points of interest.

  • Read a classic book. If you aren't sure where to start, ask a librarian for a suggestion that fits your likes.

  • Disconnect from your technology. Explore who you are and what you want to do when you're not plugged in.

  • Spend time with someone much older or younger than you. Ask them about the big questions in life.

  • Scare yourself (in a safe way). Try something you wouldn't normally do: learn to sing or wear a skirt instead of jeans.

  • Head to the park with all the toys you liked to play with as a kid. Blow bubbles, play with chalk or skip rope.

  • Sleep outside on the porch, in a tent, in a hammock. Curl up and enjoy the warmth of the season rushing over you.

  • Ask for and give hugs when you feel like it. Proper hugging is a life skill. Only practice on safe people though.

  • Count your blessings and find a way to celebrate life’s gift. Consider your talents, your friends and your memories.

  • Take a road trip. It doesn't have to be across the country-- try to get a group together for the beach or shopping.

  • Go barefoot whenever safe and possible. Feel the earth and grass between your toes and let your feet relax.

  • Pick your own food. There are lots of farms for picking fresh berries and more. Bring them home and make some pie!

  • Try out a new adventurous sport. Rock climbing, surfing or horseback riding are good places to start.

  • Try out some essential oils and see how they impact your mood. Added bonus, lavender can keep mosquitoes away!

  • Make some tea and throw it in the fridge. In a few hours, enjoy your homemade iced tea with your family and friends.

  • Grow some fresh herbs on a windowsill to liven up your cooking through the summer months.

  • Start a summer project. Always wanted to write a book or learn a new language? Start today!

  • Pick up some healthy snacks to have on-hand. Melons, berries and apples are all excellent options!

  • Go for a bike ride or a hike with friends somewhere you've never been. Take pictures along the way.

  • Enjoy salty snacks. Paired with water, they can help replenish all the nutrients we lose by sweating.

  • Try some new foods. If you've never been a fan of something, ask for a mild variety and get it prepared properly.