It’s summertime, and living is easy.
With all this free time (or perhaps less free time on your hands if the kids are home from school!), it can be hard to stay in a productive mindset. However, it’s vital that you take some time off for yourself with these mindful summer rituals.
Incorporating mindful summer rituals is an excellent way to create new habits that promote your health, wellness, and overall well-being. Give a few of these mindful rituals a try today (and no, these aren’t just for the summer but can work any other time of the year)!
What is a Mindfulness Ritual?
Mindfulness rituals are rituals that you can incorporate into your daily life that help you bring a moment of pause.
While the rituals you incorporate will vary depending on who you are as a person – including the sorts of things you like and dislike, your schedule, and your other commitments – all mindfulness rituals will allow you to connect to yourself and those around you.
Mindfulness rituals give you time to pause and reflect – and summer is the perfect time to form these new habits and improve your overall health and wellness.
Mindful Summer Rituals to Try
If you hope to add peace and clarity to your routine this summer, consider trying calming summer rituals.
1. Take a Morning Shower or Bath
Many of us shower in the evening during the summer – it’s an excellent way to wash off the grime of the day and unwind for bed.
However, it’s also a good idea to do so in the morning. This will set you off the right track for the rest of the day. The key here is to get into the water with the intention that it will
refresh and rejuvenate you mentally and physically.
Morning showers offer all of the following benefits:
• Increased energy
• Washing away toxins
• Decreasing stress
• Relieving cough and congestion
• Improving blood circulation
Doing this first thing in the morning is a great way to start fresh on each and every summer day.
2. Eat Mindfully
It is always important to eat to feed the mind, body, and soul, but summer offers an exceptionally superb opportunity for you to fill your diet with foods you usually wouldn’t have access to at other times of the year.
Enrich your diet with nutrient-dense foods like strawberries, runner beans, apples, cucumber, melon, and more. Even better, shop locally by visiting the farmer’s market – or spend some time plucking ripe fruits and vegetables from a local farm.
3. Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal is excellent if you want to be more mindful about your summer routine. By jotting down everything that comes to mind – your journal could serve as a daily reflection of everything you are grateful for, or it could be used just as a log of everyday events – you’ll be able to be more intentional about your actions.
4. Build a Campfire
Is anything more restorative than sitting around the campfire with loved ones on a warm summer night?
To add to this, the fire element is central to our existence – without being able to ignite and tend a fire, humans simply would not be here.
Tending your own fire can remind you of the magic of humanity. Enjoy every aspect of the process, and be mindful of your movements as you go about gathering wood, stacking it, and igniting it. Watching the flames flicker and dance is a beautiful way to be more mindful this summer.
“The human soul can always use a new tradition. Sometimes we require them”
5. Watch the Stars
Grab a blanket and spend your summer night beneath the starry skies. You don’t have to camp out there all night, but spending just a few moments looking up at the constellations is an excellent way to help you feel more connected to yourself – and to the rest of humanity.
6. Grow and Harvest a Garden
While growing flowers and other ornamentals are an excellent way to be more mindful – If you have children, tending a garden will be an exciting and learning experience for them as they watch the plants grow. There’s nothing like digging in the dirt with your bare hands to remind you to be more serene and thoughtful in your day-to-day – growing a vegetable garden is even better.
Being able to harvest the fruits of your labors will allow you to feel more grateful while also letting you look back on your own growth and progress throughout the years.
Take the time to appreciate all you will do and all you have done as you sow seeds and gather ripened fruits. Reflect on the things you’re thankful for, both within the garden and outside of it. Think of your blessings and take time to relish the gifts God has provided for you.
7. Create a Staycation Ritual
While you might not be able to get away on a formal vacation this summer, there are still plenty of ways you can enjoy a mindful retreat at home.
Perhaps you want to whip up a unique blend of ice tea that you enjoy in a frosty-cool glass each day after work. Maybe you could blow some bubbles with your kids or spend time finger painting.
Whatever you choose, do it mindfully – practice these rituals with joy and intention so that you can truly embrace them into your life.
Take Time for Mindfulness This Summer
With so much stress at work or school, it’s important to find ways to decompress from the daily grind. These mindfulness techniques are designed for self-care in order to get back into balance and keep your mind clear of clutter.
It doesn’t matter how old you are; taking some time out of your day for yourself will make you feel better! We hope these tips help you enjoy the rest of your summer season without burning out too soon!