The Importance of Rest in Summer

While the blossoming energy of summer may inspire us to be more active, we must remember the issue of balance.  It is important to see the big picture – to appropriately use this time, but also to pace ourselves so that we don’t become exhausted. This is a time to make use of these extended daylight hours and heat, but we must take care not to overdo it.

Since the days are long during this season, we can take advantage of the extra hours.  In many traditional cultures, people take a time of rest during summer afternoons.  They allow themselves to stop work during the hottest time of the day and then return to their activities rejuvenated when the temperatures cool down. Clearly, this makes sense on many levels.   By wisely balancing your expenditure of energy in a similar way, you may see that you can accomplish a lot without draining yourself.

Carve time every day to relax and enjoy life whether it comes in the form of reading a book, listening to music, snuggling with your child, taking your dog for walk, or standing outside and taking in the beauty of a summer sunset.


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