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Reclaiming Joy this Summer


As the summer sun graces us with its radiance and warmth, it presents a golden opportunity to reclaim joy in our lives. The longer days and vibrant energy of this season offer a chance to embrace the sunshine not only around us but also within us. It’s a great time to let go of any heaviness that might have clouded our hearts and rekindle a focus on joy that resides within.

Life’s challenges are real, and they can weigh us down and cause us to lose touch with the simple pleasures that used to ignite our spirits. But that’s not the end all be all. The summer is a beautiful season for self renewal and reconnection. The summer invites us to breathe in the fresh air, bask in the sunlight and rediscover the things that make our souls sing.

Reclaiming joy is not about seeking grand adventures or achieving monumental milestones; it’s about cherishing the little moments that make us feel at peace, feel alive. Reclaiming joy can look like taking more moments to pause and appreciate the flowers or the mountains, mindfully feeling the gentle breeze or the soaking in moments that make you smile. Let these simple joys awaken your senses and remind you of the joy that surrounds us each day.

Reclaiming joy also involves letting go of self-doubt and embracing our unique selves. Celebrate your individuality, knowing that you are a masterpiece. Allow yourself to dance to the rhythm of your own heart, without hesitation or restraint.

As we bask in the summer’s glow, let us also nurture our relationships and connections. Reach out to loved ones and savor (in person or virtual) moments of togetherness. Surround yourself with people who uplift your spirits and remind you of the joy that lies within your soul.

Remember, reclaiming joy is not a destination; it’s a journey of self-discovery and appreciation. It’s a conscious choice to see the beauty that exists even in the simplest of things. Embrace the season with an open heart, and you’ll find that joy has been waiting right there for you all along.

Exercise: Encourage yourself to do something this week that makes you feel comforted and cared for. Be present and check in with yourself during this activity and allow yourself to soak in the moment.