Summer conveys a sense of joy and anticipation for letting one’s hair down and planning vacations and family visits. Summer, with its gentle warmth and vibrant hues, often invokes a sense of tranquility and peace. It is a time when nature flourishes, and the world seems to slow down, inviting us to embrace moments of serenity and reflection. It is the time we embody peace in the natural world and within ourselves. Here we are, ladies. It is summertime, and “the living is easy.” 

Summer beckons us to step out of our daily routines and immerse ourselves in the great outdoors. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll through a sun-kissed meadow, a picnic in the park with loved ones, or a lazy afternoon spent lounging by the water’s edge of the beach, these activities offer a unique opportunity to connect with nature and find solace in its embrace. In these moments of quietude, we can let go of our worries and cares, allowing ourselves to be fully present.  It is an opportunity to nourish our bodies, spirits, and souls, and to reflect on our lives and future goals.

The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables inspires us to indulge in healthy, nourishing meals that energize and revitalize us. Whether it’s savoring a ripe peach straight from the tree or enjoying a crisp salad bursting with flavor, summer encourages us to savor the simple pleasures of life and cultivate gratitude for the abundance that surrounds us.

Summer provides us with ample opportunities to engage in activities that bring us joy and fulfillment. Whether it’s practicing yoga in the park, meditating in a tranquil garden, or simply taking a few moments each day to breathe deeply and center ourselves, these self-care practices are easily accessible and can be incorporated into our daily lives. Even tending to our gardens, gathering the flowers and vegetables we planted in the spring, or sitting on the deck, porch, or in the yard reading a book we’ve been meaning to read, can be acts of self-care and bring us a sense of tranquility.

Oops, don’t forget the creatures that come out. You must remember to put on mosquito repellent and swat the flies. But those annoyances do not take away the summer’s tranquility.

As summer unfolds, it encourages us to slow down and savor the moments. The extended daylight hours seem to gift us with more time, allowing us to step away from the usual rush of our daily lives. We find ourselves seeking inner peace and harmony, and the tranquility of summer becomes a guiding force in our days. 

Summer encourages us to take time for ourselves.  It is a time for self-love.

Take care of yourself and enjoy the sunshine,

Dr. Lou

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