By Ann Brand, PhD
Here we are in the thick of summer. Lazy days, late nights, and a pull to slow down and enjoy the extended hours of light. It is challenging to find balance when our summer schedules are unpredictable. If we are parents, our attention shifts to our kids and their summer activities. Every week is different, so it is hard to get into a good pattern. Maybe our workout buddy is on vacation, and our exercise routine disappears. And all the summer fun can lead to over-indulgence, not eating regular meals, and staying up too late. Self-care goes out the window as we seem to have less time to set aside for ourselves. Here are a few tips to support you in finding some balance this summer through practicing mindfulness:
Engaging in a regular mindfulness practice cultivates awareness and supports us in bringing this awareness to everything we do. Mindfulness helps us see our experience more clearly, so we can make skillful choices, even when our schedule is unpredictable. Even just five minutes a day of mindful breathing can support us in our intention to pay attention. We can do mindful breathing anytime, anywhere, no matter how much our schedule changes from day to day. And if you miss a day? Just start over tomorrow with the next summer day.
Ann Brand, Ph.D is an instructor at UW-Stout and a mindfulness meditation teacher. For more information about mindfulness, contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org