I just got home from the big island of Hawaii, one of my all time favorite places. No matter how many times I go, I always feel inspired, relaxed, and renewed. One of the things that really stands out to me is how much being outside for most of the day is what I love most. As an adult there aren’t many times that you get to play outside all day for several days in a row….being there really made me feel like I was on summer vacation.
A big takeaway that I’ve brought home with me is that being outside is something that we need for our overall health and wellness. Not a big surprise since we’re so deeply connected to nature, however; it really struck me how spending so much time indoors working under artificial lighting can really have a heavy and weighing impact on us…especially as grown ups. While most of us, me included can’t spend days and days on end playing outside, I can make an effort to go on a bike ride after work or a walk around my neighborhood while the sun is setting.
Time outside is something that I’ve always loved and try to make time for it as much as I can. However, it can be a challenge sometimes when the schedule is overflowing and it feels like you’re working during all the daylight hours for weeks on end. So, as we begin to prepare for the shift this month where many people will be headed back to school, either as professional educators, administrators, or as parent of a little heading back to school we can make this outside time a part of our daily routine.
You may know how much I love, truly love back to school everything. For real, it’s one of my favorite times of year. Now, I’m no longer a student and no longer a professional academic; however, my glee for back to school has not dimmed in any way from my school days.
So, here’s what I’m thinking. While you’re walking the isles of your favorite big box shop or browsing your favorite online vendors, order a new planner, some journals, post it notes, pens, and whatever else you feel is really pulling at your heart strings. Then, write in, yes write in with a physical pen or pencil time in your schedule for outside “playtime” this month. We know it takes 21 days to foster a new healthy habit, and if you schedule it into your life this month as we enjoy the last full month of summer, it will be easier to keep it going once we’re officially into the new season and back to school.
Even though I no longer work on campus, I still work closely with clients on how to make the most of the home stretch at the end of the year. We work on balance, creating clear goals, and the daily action steps needed to really hit the ground running and make the most of the last leg of the year. This is a powerful way to set yourself up for success while also supporting your overall health and wellness.
Joy, fun, playtime, laughter, and inspiration are all part of your overall health and wellness. Investing in these areas of your life will support your forward motion and increase your energy and inspiration when you go into work too.
Let’s make the most of August and the last full month of the summer season while simultaneously setting ourselves up for success when we shift into go mode in only a few short weeks.
Grab those stickers or sparkly pens and go big on scheduling playtime this month.
If you would like some support in planning out your end of the year goals and action steps, I’m here to help you.
If you’d like to look at some themes, issues, or areas of your life you’re being guided to focus on or heal, I’m here to help you.
If you’d like some self care and know energy treatments are on deck for you, I’m here to help you.
In addition to playing outside and getting my schedule ready for the shift coming up I’ll also be canning and pickling galore in nearly every free minute that I’m not working or stalking the back to school supply area of my local target store.
I’m wishing you a wonderful month and look forward to seeing you for some coaching, readings, or energy treatments!
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