11 Ways To De-Stress Your Summer

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Meditating under the sun first thing in the morning energizes me.

What comes to mind for you when you think of summertime? An exotic Mediterranean holiday or a backyard picnic with friends, perhaps? Or long weekends at the beach and late-night dining outside to enjoy the summer breeze? While all these things sound oh so wonderful, I believe that too many of us still squeeze so much into our sunshine-filled, warm weather days that we forget to stop and take the time to rejuvenate and appreciate the simple gifts that life has to offer.

That is why I have put together this visual list below of the different simple ways for you to de-stress and truly take time and enjoy these beautiful summer months. Do you always feel the pressure to “do it all”? Why is that so? I would love to hear from you.

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I never forget to write in my gratitude journal daily. It’s part of my morning rituals.

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Sitting  in silence helps to recharge your mind and help you stay focused.

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Love my socials with like-minded modern day goddesses.

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My nini love reminds me that afternoon naps on Sundays is so relaxing.

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Weekly goddess bath rituals. Do not forget the music and candles.

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Filling my home with beautiful herbs and flowers from the garden makes me happy.

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Home-made chicken noodleless Pho helps to prevent summertime colds.

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I love my outdoor goddess walks and stretches.

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My most favorite ways to get protein and greens, Vietnamese Summer Rolls!

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Shopping is always a great way to de-stress!

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Replace dessert with dark Belgian chocolates..a better alternative.

When Was The Last Time You Said THANK YOU?

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Here I am with the staff at La Casa Que Canta Sanctuary saying thanks with big contagious smiles 🙂

Thank you. A phrase so simple, yet so powerful, that it can transform both your business and personal relationships.

When was the last time you said “Thank You” to someone and really meant it? I mean a real, genuine, authentic thank you that comes from your heart and not just causally saying it? Can you recall?

If Words of Affirmation is not your main love language then you might want to express your thank you in a little gift with a sweet note attached. To be honest, I do get thank yous from people in a text or email, or through gifts, but my top love languages are Words of Affirmation and Physical Touch. That is why it means a lot more to me when someone writes me a handwritten letter, tells me in person, or speaks to me over the phone. To me these are much more meaningful ways to express your appreciation to the person you are giving thanks to.

Do you have people in your life who have gone above and beyond for you? Who believed in you when no one else did? Who stood beside you as your strength during hard times? Who raised you up when you were down? Who were always there for you when you needed them? I am sure you have these people in your life at work and at home.

So here is my suggestion: write down three people who have made a big difference in your life in the past year and reach out to genuinely thank them. I would suggest doing so in person, by phone or by writing a letter, as in hand writing a letter – no texting and no emailing. Below are some tips if you need help:

  1. Ask the person first to see when they have some time to talk to you.
  2. Make sure to set the mood and tone, and free your mind of other distractions.
  3. Be clear and be specific when you are expressing yourself.
  4. Make sure that if you are speaking to them in person that you look them in the eye when talking to them.
  5. Be authentic and be yourself even if you are nervous. The other person may think it is quite endearing how genuine you are and will see that you are taking it very seriously.
  6. Lastly, make sure when you end the conversation – if in person – to do so with affection, like a hug or a kiss – depending on your relationship to that person! If it’s by phone, then a final “thank you” in a sweet tone, like you really mean it, will do.  If you are writing a letter, then make sure to include your most honest thoughts and not just a few lines, and be sure to share the reasons why you are thanking them and how they have helped you.