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How do you enjoy your summer?

As my intent is to help people live happier and healthier lives, not only do we need to be doing things that are healthy, but we need to choose actions and events that make us happy. Truly authentic happiness, what our soul screams for, not just happy because of…(whatever reason fits)

If you think about it, what really gives you that satisfying feeling of belonging and joy? For me, it’s being in nature, having deep, meaningful conversations and being absorbed in a creative project.

So what does this have to do with enjoying summer? Well, it’s doing those things that are meaningful to you, that give you that deep sense of satisfaction that help us to enjoy our time. So is it trips with family? Playing? Drawing? Having quiet? Gathering with a few important folks? Stretching or Exercising? Making wonderful meals?

How can you better enjoy summer?

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As part of my practical solutions campaign, I open up the question of what being healthy this summer looks like for you? Is it spending time outdoors, wonderful summer picnics, playing with the kids or family reunions? Stopping to smell the flowers or getting away for a short break?

Our well-being isn’t just dependent on exercise and eating right (and they are still important!) but is also defined by how we enjoy our lives. And how we manage the regular and not so regular situations in life, along with the thoughts and viewpoints that may lead to stress.

Even in summer there are opportunities for stress- the kids being out of school or no time off from work. Maybe it’s family gatherings or too much sun (that is stressful on the body) or ice cream. All these and more can create a stress response to the body or mind. So what can a person do?

Simple! Do more of what you enjoy and less what leads to stress. Below are 5 tips to help you better enjoy your summer!

1) Do what matters (is important) to you
2) Be out in nature or have some quiet reflective time
3) Organize your life/ Nix the clutter
4) Laugh and spend time playing
5) Look at things from another perspective, detach from your own

If you are ready to put into practice these suggestions and to start to making sustainable life changes, you are ready for a life coach!

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