6 Shortcuts for a Stress-Free Summer

Now Hear This

Girl singing into a brush

Trigger: When you’re feeling overwhelmed by summer in any form: too much heat, too many garden chores, too many kids in the house, too many camp schedules to coordinate.

Tool: Stop what you’re doing, close your eyes, breath low and deep . . . and listen. Turn your attention to the sounds around you. Label each sound: dog barking, crickets chirping, kids laughing in the sprinkler, car honking. Just listen to life around you and sharpen your sense of sound.

Purpose: When you bring yourself into the moment and redirect your mind from your troubles, you become aware of the music of life all around you. This activity calms your body and creates a disruption to the cycle of annoying thoughts.

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