The summer months tend to be all about getting things done - yard work, home improvements, vacations, kids' sports activities, and the list goes on. What's supposed to be a relaxing time of the year to slow down and enjoy life is instead filled with all the things we put off during the winter and all the activities we can only do in the summer. Before we know it, summer's coming to an end and we're just as stressed as when it first began!
The one thing that doesn't make the to-do list is taking care of ourselves, which can lead to all sorts of problems, including weight gain. So this summer, instead of stressing the weeks away, begin with a new mindset: The priority isn't the to-do list - the priority is the "do you" list. Read on for how to have a summer worth savoring!
First, you have to acknowledge that you aren't going to get everything done that you want to do. This can be difficult to come to terms with, but it's just the way life is. The key here is to be really honest with yourself and figure out what the non-negotiables are and what will help you achieve them. If it doesn't serve either of those two things, then it's off the list. This is also a great life-skill to teach your children, who can often get caught up in doing too many sports or activities. Teaching our kids to relax and recharge well is just as important as teaching them about priorities.
Second, realize that if you're going to actually have some time to relax, you've got to make the time to relax. One of the best ways you can do this is by scheduling some relaxation time into your week - whether it's an hour a day to read by the pool, a weekly coffee date with a friend, a family walk after dinner or even a massage.
In fact, now, more than any other time of year, is when massage therapy should be integrated into your self-care routine. Here's why:
- Migraine sufferers tend to feel them more during the summer. Massage relieves the pain and allows for a decreased need for medication.
- Because the summer is often a more active time of year, your overused or injured muscles will be relaxed and softened, preventing any further injuries.
- You'll be able to bounce back sooner from both physical and mental exhaustion.
- Circulation will increase, and most important, your stress levels will decrease.
Five Seasons offers massage therapy, making it the perfect place for you to get in some quality "you" time, on the court, in the weight room, at the pool or in the spa.
Kathryn Cutter is a licensed massage therapist at Five Seasons Cincinnati.