3 Tips for Starting a Relaxing and Restorative Summer

Between working remotely, homeschooling, and rarely leaving home, it feels as if the last few months have been a weird, stressful pre-summer — without any of the relaxation. After the last few months of running on high stress and moving our lives online, we all deserve to dedicate this summer to our wellbeing. This summer, prioritize your health and happiness. As June sets in, create the tone for a relaxing and restorative summer by celebrating it with small but impactful tricks.

1. Enjoy Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Memories of summer always consist of laughter and the taste of ripe watermelon. The best way to start summer is with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. In season: avocados, beets, bell peppers, blueberries, carrots, cucumbers, lemons, limes, mangoes, peaches, plums, tomatoes, watermelon, and zucchini. Incorporating lots of fruits and vegetables into our diet does wonders for the body. Fruits and vegetables provide incredible nutrients and vitamins to help the body function properly as well as improve mood. Not only do summer produce taste delicious, they hold incredible benefits. Fruits and vegetables are amazing sources fiber, which is vital for a healthy gut. 

2. Spend Time in Nature

Summer is a great time to escape to nature. Being outside often improves wellbeing and overall health. Unfortunately, many of us have been cooped up in our homes and apartments for the last few months. As parks and hiking trails slowly begin opening, there are now more opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature. There are also many activities that can be done outside safely without coming in close contact with others. Qi Gong is an ancient practice of energy movement incorporating meditation and intentional motions. Nature is the perfect place to practice Qi Gong to reconnect with yourself and your surroundings. 

3. Create a Routine

After all that has happened in the world recently, you truly deserve to de-stress. This summer, listen to your body and focus on your health. Start and finish everyday with a ritual that fits your needs such as yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, journaling, or painting. Qi Alchemy's Herbal Pearls are a perfect addition to any wellness routine. They're packed with ingredients that help the body relieve tension and manage stress. Taking the herbal pearls in tea is a perfect way to either calmly start the day or peacefully relax in the evening. 

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