Summertime is here (yes, La Nina but still Summer!) This season is a busy time, filled with joy, excitement, time with friends and family. After a year of lockdowns this is very much needed, but let’s be honest, can be overwhelming at times. Here are some tips on how to keep grounded during the holiday season.
Connect with nature It might sound cliché but perhaps something we forget, especially any of us urban dwellers. But walking barefoot on grass, sand, or swimming in freshwater such as rivers, oceans and lakes has been scientifically proven to increase our health and help to keep things in perspective. Our disconnection from nature time looking at screens, ‘scrolling’, seems to be contributing to this habit of living up in our heads and losing our connection with the natural world around us.
Serve others Nothing keeps a person grounded more than forgetting themselves in the service of others. At a time when love abounds, some people in our circles don’t have a loving family to turn to. Others may be stuck in a city far away from their family. If you look close enough, you can always find someone in need of a little extra love. You could also, visit the local aged care, bake a meal or treats for someone, pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant. What do you think? We would love to know your ideas.
Drink warm beverages Yes, even though it’s summer. Drinking warm water before and after a meal may aid in digestion. Taking time to drink a warm beverage, is a mindful practice to help us stay grounded.
Try Vitasol’s Organic Tea range If you need inspiration for a warm beverage, you could try Vitasol’s organic tea range. For the Zen needed for this time of year, Tranquility is a perfect choice. The ingredients include passionflower and lemon balm to restore calm, balance and harmony.
Remember that you have a choice We always have a choice about how we engage with anything. This holiday season we can choose to be annoyed by family members, obligations, forced work gatherings, crowds, prices or anything else, or we can choose to enjoy the magic and fun of this time of year. We may not always get to choose the people and circumstances around us, but we always have a choice about how we relate to them. Our experience of the holidays (and of life) is up to us, as it always is.