4 Ways To Stay Connected This Summer
Summer can be a very fluid time. I don’t just mean because it’s stupid hot and we’re all sweating a whole lot. Especially this summer, it’s a time of year when people are in and out. These tricky schedules can shake up our routines. In some ways, it’s probably a good thing. It’s an opportunity to check in with ourselves and our people about what’s working and what isn’t. But it can also be disruptive and leave us reeling.
If you’re struggling to feel connected to yourself, God, and others, here are four things that might help.
1. Do a mid-year check-in
We are basically halfway through the year, so it’s a natural time to sit with ourselves and reflect (without judgment). Personally, professionally, relationally, how’s it going? At the beginning of the year, what did you hope would be true by now? Are there any expectations you need to let go of? Do you need to shift your focus? What do you hope will be true by the end of the year? If you’re like me, it’s easy to load too much onto your plate and try to do everything at once. Try to honor your limitations through this exercise.
2. Touch home plate
With the kerfuffle of summer, it can be challenging to make time for the rituals that ground us. I don’t know a ton about baseball, and it’s not very on-brand for me to use a sports metaphor. However, it feels the most apt way to capture the idea of an action or practice to which we return regularly. What is one thing that feels like home plate to you? Exercise? Attending church? When life feels unsettled, can you block off a bit of time to return to that thing?
3. Invite others/God into the everyday
It can be challenging to add things to our already busy lives, and maybe right now it feels impossible to pause or remove anything. If you’re feeling disconnected, but overwhelmed by the idea of planning a whole thing, think about what you’re already doing. Is there a way you can invite somebody into that? Even if it’s to do laundry between trips, or not taking your headphones on your walk so you can be present with God. Start small.
4. Embrace the fun
If you’re like me, it’s easier to focus on the negative of a given situation. With all its challenges, summer provides us with lots of opportunities for fun. Outdoor concerts or beach days or trips we’ve been looking forward to—what is fun for you? What brings you delight and what makes you feel delighted in?
I’d love to know what resonates with you and how these tips go for you!
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