It’s 55 crisp degrees this morning in the Berkshires – but gorgeous. With less than a month left of summer, this is a good point to start thinking about cultivating more psychological “currency” to help charge your activities with high quality physical and mental energy throughout the months ahead.
Summer is a time of big sky, abundant light, warmth, and soaring energy. It is a time when you might feel like hitting the sac later, waking up earlier and generally more energetic. A lot of us like to think about new undertakings during these months. Whether that means making new connections socially, expanding business or intellectual ventures or just having a lot of cookouts and campfires, summer feels like a good time for pushing the pedal to the metal.
One thing you have to try to keep in balance, though, is the urge to bite off more than you can chew – and especially as the season begins to shift into autumn. So it’s good to be aware and keep yourself in check. You might find yourself wishing there were a way to bottle up this dazzling summery energy and take it with you into the year ahead. In a way there is.
Start by Keeping Your Own Energy Balance
You know when you are energetically slipping out of balance when you feel anxious, “down” or frazzled. This often results in a sense of scatterdness, burnout, and/or loss of motivation. As we approach fall, some of us are tempted to want to keep the same daily pace of activity. Not only that, but we might feel the urge (and are encouraged) to cram in final yearly projects. Expectations are high for these. On top of all this, demands coming from employment and other obligations don’t seem to decrease either. Ask anyone who is preparing their children to return to school.
So it’s easy to start multi tasking and speeding up activities to the point of disorganization, burnout and falling into an emotional slump. This could all leave you feeling like you’re spinning your wheels in high gear, in mud. Eventually you overload and start shutting down.
Cooling off a little feels right in many ways. Since daily hustles and hassles are not going to ease up, a relaxed, “cooler” mindset will keep you flowing. This helps keep anxieties at bay and maintain your sense of lightness as you move from on daily activity to another. Many of us have a sense of this already, embracing the cooler nights as they return because they feel so good for sleep and help us wake up with a little more pizzazz.
Taking some time for daily calming activities can keep you dazzled and avoid the frazzle.
One final tip to help make your transition from summer to autumn this year stronger than ever: Look for small ways to help others in your daily environments. A little thing like that can reward us with feel-good energy for days.
Notes: If you wish to explore a wide variety of ideas on body-energy, you may like to check out my book, BODY INTELLIGENCE – Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life. New in paperback now. For a close look at how the seasons affect our lives and how we can use them to facilitate health, transformation, and happiness, you may wish to checkout my book, THE FIVE SEASONS.