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MAKING THE MOST OF SUMMER 2017

By: Ellen Kamaras



We look forward to summer for many reasons. Whether it’s because of the break from carpool, an easier work schedule, the departure to our beach houses, more time for
self-care, or a love of warmer weather, we can’t wait for summer to get here. Let’s think together of ways we can maximize our pleasure and enjoy the summer.

What Does Summer Mean To You?

Let’s start with a definition. Summer is described as the warmest season of the year and occurs between June and September in the Northern Hemisphere.

Now take some time to think about this warm season and what it signifies for you. What are your three favorite aspects of summer? Is it the beach? The lighter workload? How about being outdoors? Once you’ve decided what you love about summer, make sure to incorporate time for those activities in your schedule.

Explore And Experience

Are there summertime activities you have dreamed about doing or quaint places you have yearned to see? The summer is a wonderful time to try out a new sport, or visit a small town. Have you considered kicking off a healthy new eating regimen by doing a healthy cleanse? What better time to start the day with a chilled smoothie?

Summer Is A Great Opportunity To Play Tourist

Have you ever taken the ferry to Ellis Island and seen the immigration station where your ancestors first arrived from distant countries? Or walked on the High Line – an elevated urban linear park running from the Lower West Side (Gansevoort Street) to 34th Street? The High Line was once an abandoned railway and is now a promenade and aerial greenway. There’s always a street fair, festival or free outdoor concert going on in the city during the week.

Do You Have A Bucket List?

Well, summer is the time to check off some of those items! Your goals need not be expensive or require extensive travel. Have you always wanted to learn how to sew or sleep in a tree house? How about learn a new language, train for a marathon, or write a short story? Summer’s the time to try it.

Get Outside

Carve out a little time every day for nature. Being outdoors in the summer is good for your physical and mental health. Sunlight is a natural source for Vitamin D, which helps you fight various diseases. Soak up some sun in limited doses. Did you know that people who spend time in the green outdoors are less anxious, less depressed, and have improved focus and creativity? For those of you who prefer walking to exercising in a gym, schedule an outdoor walk in the morning or early evening when the sun is not too strong. Or start a walking group with like-minded people.

Flex Your Green Thumb

Gardening provides lots of health benefits. It can help you burn calories, relieve stress and improve your diet. Growing healthy veggies will reacquaint you with nature and literally bring you back to your roots!

Reconnect With Family and Friends

Nurture your significant relationships in the summer. Isn’t it easier to have dinner with friends or family when your children don’t have homework and you don’t need to carpool or travel in the snow? Are there friends or loved ones that you have been meaning to visit or meet up with? Summer’s the time to plan that outing with them!

Do Something You Loved As A Child

You are never too old to fly a kite, ride a carousel, build a sandcastle, or play Frisbee. Indulge your inner child during the summer months!

Nourish Your Soul

Summer is also an opportune time for spiritual growth. Try committing to one new mitzvah for the summer. Maybe you’d like to start saying four or five chapters of Tehillim per day or learn Torah with a friend or group? Every effort counts.

Wishing you all a fun and healthy summer!

Ellen Kamaras, CPA/MBA, is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach. Her coaching specialties include life, career and dating coaching. Ellen helps people find their passion, purpose and positivity in life and love.
Ellen can be contacted at ellen@lifecoachellen.com (www.lifecoachellen.com)