Seasonal Sensory Health Tips for a Joyful Summer
Jul 31, 2020 10:00AM
By Polly Liontis
Photo by PheelingsMedia for Adobe Stock
- Use a neti pot daily. A neti pot is a small pot in which you make a saline solution to rinse your nasal passages. Especially with summer frequently being a time of bad air quality and heightened allergies, rinsing the nasal passages can help you breathe more easily and clearly. Visit HimalayanInstitute.org to order a neti pot and also Ayurvedic nose oil to lubricate dry nasal passages.
- Allow yourself to enjoy some sunshine, especially first thing in the morning, as it helps to regulate your circadian rhythms, which promote good quality sleep.
- Get outdoors every chance you can with the great weather for a brisk walk, time in a beautiful park, a visit to the botanic gardens or a stroll by the lake. The fresh air boosts your mood, as well as your body.
- Eating locally and seasonally is healthy and a visit to your local farmers’ market is just the thing. Summer brings us a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, so this is a perfect time to ramp up your plant-based diet. The sweetness of the fresh fruit is a sensuous delight.
- Fill a pitcher of water and add slices of cucumber, lemon, or lime for a refreshing way to hydrate. Hydration is crucial in the heat of summer.
- Getting more exercise outdoors in the summer can give you momentum to keep it going indoors during the winter.
- Reach out to connect with others—relational health is paramount to our overall health and well-being. A quick phone call, text, video call or short, handwritten note will let someone know you’re thinking about them.
- Give yourself permission to smile—we can choose to laugh, and a great way to do that is to tune in to a comedy show that helps us to laugh at ourselves.
Lastly, give yourself the gift of a slower pace with time to relax, daydream, enjoy your loved ones, have a backyard picnic and lean back and smile.
Polly Liontis completed the teacher training
program at the Himalayan Institute, led by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait at the
Glenview, Illinois, ashram in 1999. She was initiated into the lineage of Swami
Rama of the Himalayas by Pandit Rolf Sovik with her own personal mantra in
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