Connect with others
For Goldstein, the mindfulness coach, staying present this summer also comes down to having a strong support system. “Find people and make friends with others who are naturally inspiring,” Goldstein says. “Think of who in your life that also wants to live mindfully to support you. People are the greatest environmental cues, and those social cues remind us to live in this particular way on a daily basis.”
Stephanie Palmer agrees. An avid hiker and Women Who Hike ambassador for South Dakota, Palmer believes that that embracing nature not only keeps you mindful, but also helps to develop friendships. “When you’re outdoors, you really start to forget those everyday problems,” Palmer says. “It’s a judgment-free space where you really have time with people who matter. In everyday life it’s harder to have these meaningful conversations, but being up on the trail and in nature with people, it’s easy to really connect on a deeper level. It reminds you how small you are and how big the world is around you.”
Leave time for yourself
No matter where you go or what you do, remembering to take time for yourself every day will help keep things in perspective and allow you to enjoy a more meaningful summer.
Unlike other seasons, try not to overschedule every free moment. Leave space to steal away and have your morning coffee outside. Take time to stroll to a park with a notebook to jot down your thoughts or sketch the surrounding trees.
Also, in staying mindful, don’t skimp on the simplest — yet sweetest — pleasures of the season. Order the extra scoop of ice cream, pull off the road and jump in that lake for a swim and kick off your shoes for an evening stroll beneath the stars.
Travel, food and lifestyle reporter Michelle Gross makes the most of her summer eating and exploring cities around the world. Her work has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Vogue, Men’s Journal and The San Francisco Chronicle.
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