Tips for staying in balance with the summer season:
Remember that what is happening outside is also happening inside of you. Yang energy is at its' height on the summer solstice, which is June 21st. We too should be experiencing this movement. You might notice that you are more active and have more energy to expend. Here are some helpful tips for harmonizing yourself with this season:
1. Eat cool foods - Adding foods like cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, and mint, will help to keep you hydrated and are energetically cool so they can keep you from overheating.
2. Mind your social calender - The summer season is about connecting with people so if you tend to be a loner, make sure you add some social activities to your schedule each week. If you are a social butterfly, be careful not to overdue it; schedule some alone time so that you can connect deeply with yourself.
3. Laugh it off - Laughter and joy are some of the gifts of the summer so make sure you take time to bring them into your life. Go visit a comedy club or see a funny movie with a friend. Spend time giggling with children and "play". This is the season for it.
4. Light your fire - Intimacy and passion are important aspects of the fire element. Plan a romantic evening with your loved one. If you aren't in a relationship, make a date with someone close to you and with whom you can have a real heart-to-heart conversation.
5.Take a vacation - You work hard all year and you deserve a break. Get away if you can, even if it's just a day trip. Now is the time to relax and have fun!