Is it just me or do you also get really restless in this Summer heat?
There's been a heatwave sweeping over Helsinki for a full week now, and even though I love that you can just step out in a just a slip-on dress and t-shirt, this heat is also making me incredibly restless and lazy!
Which is actually a weird mix when you think about it, because restlessness usually makes you feel like you have too much energy, while lazy is the exact opposite. A strange thing.
I decided to make a little list of the things I've found helpful in coping with the Summer restlessness. Hopefully you'll find them useful too :)
1. Go to the beach
There's just something about being close to water that always makes me feel more calm and grounded. Maybe it's the sea breeze, maybe it's the satisfying tangible feeling of being close to a large body of water, or maybe it's just that feeling of space around you that allows you to breathe in deeper and feel better.
2. Drink lots of ice tea (preferrably the home made kind)
Getting dehydrated sucks but only drinking water can get a bit boring. My Summer addicition has been drinking ice tea with lots of ice cubes in it. So imagine my happy surprise when I found this article with 8 benefits of iced tea.
Did you know that tea is the second best way to stay hydrated after water? Yay! It's also full of antioxidants and one study even found it helps you de-stress and can reduce risk of heart attack! So get sipping that ice tea!
3. Start a project
The best way to get out of a restless state of mind is to absorb yourself into the process of making something. The best projects are the kind you can do by hand becasue they'll make you get out of your mind and focused on something concrete. Build your cats a theatre out of a cardboard (yes someone on Twitter actually did that), knit a swetaer (then you'll be prepared for Winter in good time), write in your diary or make some Summer berries popsicles.
4. Go for an evening walk
I love going for evening walks in the Summer when it's still light outside- one of the perks of living in the North. it feels so good to be outside when the air gets a bit cooler and light casts a beautiful golden hue on everything. I also find taking a walk before going to bed really calms and detaches you from whatever restlessness the day has been filled with.
Ps. Photo tip- always bring your camera with you out in the evening as the light is at its best!
5. Dance in the kitchen
Tried and tested and this really works people. Put on a song that makes you want to dance- i chose Elton John's I'm Still Standing- and flaunt those moves in your ktichen or whatever room has the most space in your apartment. Dance like no one is watching. Or even if someone was, give them a proper show with twists and turns and some good hair swoshing and dramatic pauses.
You'll get rid of excess energy and any sense of restlessness in your body and feel much happier afterwards, I promise :)
What do you do to cope with Summer restlessness? Do you also feel lazy in the heat?
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