Today is Monday, June 21, 2021. The summer solstice is the longest day and officially the first day of summer in the north.
Try something new in June. Adding spontaneous activity into your day will benefit your whole body and mind.
- Rather than an email, connect by phone and take a walk, do lunges or squats.
- Spend at least some of the day that would otherwise be seated, stand or pace.
- Invite a friend for a walk and talk in the park.
- In place of driving, walk or bike to the store.
- Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.
- Break up the day with 6 high knees and 6 wall push ups intermittently throughout the day.
- Put on the music and take care of that laundry with extra energy (children may be particularly good at helping with this).
Photo, “Orange clouds” by Dan Deziel
Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:
“I am [*Name*]. I am open to the positive energy around me. I appreciate myself and others as I connect with love and kindness. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness and compassion to all people including me. Together, we can do great things.”
A quote by Ricky Martin, “Every day begins like a blank chalkboard, on which each one of us can write the poem of our present and our dreams for the future.”
Use this Mindfulness Activity to Re-energize your Body and Mind:
- Straighten your spine. Roll your shoulders back and down, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.
- Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale.
- Now, after a deep belly breath, breathe out with a gentle mouth generating a deep vibration saying, “aah.”
- Take another deep belly breath and breathe out humming “mmm” with a deep vibration.
- Repeat deep breaths with “aah” and “mmm” for 5 more cycles, noticing far you feel each of the vibrations in your body.
- Shimmy your shoulders and shake out your arms releasing all tension. Smile.
With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,
Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP