Summertime Chill

The dog days of the summer are here. For most people, schedules have slowed down. The children are in camp or at home relaxing and taking it easy. There is much less stress in the summer. Days are spent enjoying the outdoors and many are vacationing in their favorite places. The summer is a time to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.

The summer is a wonderful time to spend time outside in nature while exercising your body. Walking, jogging, or biking in nature can be relaxing and refreshing and can add to your overall fitness while enjoying the beautiful sites of the Hudson Valley. Bring along the entire family and friends to make it even more enjoyable. Stress slips away while you are exercising in nature.

The summer is a good time to accomplish the things you want to do but don’t seem to get around to them at busier times of the year. Make a list of the people you want to see, the places you want to go, and the things you might want to do before the summer is out. It is helpful to write these things on a piece of paper. This sets them in motion. You will avoid having that feeling that the summer passed and you didn’t do anything you had wanted to do and you will be amazed at how easily they will be accomplished.

The summer is also a good time to reflect. The busyness of the year serves as a wonderful distraction that aide us in avoiding our uncomfortable feelings and less then desirable circumstances. Journaling feelings, spending time alone, and meditating, are all great ways to reflect on what has happened and perhaps how you want your life to improve for the next year. Spending time sitting with these uncomfortable feelings helps us to move passed them. Great insights come when we can quiet the mind and relax the body. Often times we can see issues from a different vantage point and from this vantage point we can see solutions that we may have never recognized before. These awareness’s may set you on a different more positive path come September.

September will be here before you know it. Workloads generally increase, school begins and schedules ramp up for children. Take advantage of this wonderful slow time by being conscious of the things you want to do before the craziness begins. Reflect on the prior year. Before we know it the hustle and bustle of September will be here and you will be in a more centered and serene place feeling satisfied and “filled up” by the wonderful summer you had. You will be prepared to make positive changes for you and your family.


Catherine AnesiCatherine Anesi, LCSW specializes in helping people transform their lives. She is a licensed clinical social worker and sees clients in her office in Croton. She also leads groups and retreats that aide in transformation. If you would like to contact her please email her at [email protected] or visit her website at and facebook at Catherine Anesi, LCSW, RM.