Summer is approaching (finally) and so it’s about time we start focusing on feeling good in time for arguably the best season that there is. There are so many ways to go about it, and it’s not all about getting that “bikini body” – it’s focusing on mind, body and soul.
Feel Good Mentally
Feeling good in summer is thankfully a little easier, thanks to the sunlight helping in the production of the happy hormones responsible for balancing out our moods. For example, seasonal depression is far less common. However, there’s still so much we can do to feel good in our minds. Having a schedule balanced between work and play goes a long way in the process, ensuring we have both the resources and time to do what we want to do. It’s a time for seeing friends, blasting our fave music in the sunshine, picnics and road trips. If you can make it to the coast, even better – there’s nothing quite like a fresh sea breeze to keep you feeling rejuvenated!
Feeling Good Spiritually
Spirituality is something that’s often ignored, because a lot of the time people don’t know what it is or what it entails. It’s a common misconception that it’s all about being religious (although if that’s what it means to you, more power to you)! However, you can be in touch with your spiritual side without believing in a higher power or a deity. Chakras are said to act as energy centres within the human body; and there are seven of them which dictate power in each of the different areas to which they correspond. It’s not just about their positioning on the body physically, each is also said to govern a different area of your life. In yoga and meditation, you’re often encouraged to get in touch with these.Each Chakra has a unique colour, and they are as follows: Root chakra (red), Sacral chakra (orange), Solar plexus chakra (yellow), Heart chakra (green), Throat chakra (blue), Third eye chakra (Indigo), Crown chakra (violet). Each has its own unique meaning. For example, the root chakra is said to be the primary chakra which connects your spiritual base to your emotional and physical needs. There are ways to get in touch with, heal and connect with each chakra depending on what you need.
Feeling Good Physically
First off, the whole beach body thing for summer is only an ideal if you want it to be! Every body is a beach body. However, exercising and eating healthily can also help with your mental health and physical wellbeing. Make it fun! Summer is a great time to swim or join a group fitness class. It is also the perfect time to enjoy lighter meals due to the heat. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself! A good chocolate ice cream never hurt anyone, and nor did just laying out in the sun on the beach – feeling good physically doesn’t always have to be strictly about health!
Are you working towards feeling good this summer?
*This post is written by Zoe Miles