Let’s be honest: SUMMER IS THE BEST. Okay, spring is the best, but summer is pretty high up there. It calls for more leisurely days, flowy clothing, longer nights out, and an air of freedom, spontaneity, and celebration unparalleled the rest of the year.
Yet, as high as summer can be on our personal hierarchy of seasons, the truth is it can sometimes be difficult to “keep our cool” in the summer heat. In ancient Indian Ayurvedic philosophy, summer is known as the time of pitta, or fire. Mentally, emotionally, and energetically speaking, the element fire is active, energetic, and inspired. It’s engaging, creative, and emblematic of true leadership and authority – it gets people “fired” up, passionate, and ready to take action.
But the powerful energy of fire, when unchecked and in a heightened and unbalanced state, can become incredibly intense, impulsive, and agitated.
It can be controlling, over-eager and especially reactive (No judgment here – I am a highly fiery person myself and I speak from personal experience!). If you’ve ever gotten into an argument with someone who you’ve described as “really heated,” you will know exactly what I mean.
So what can we do to keep our “inner-cool” amidst rising temperatures, “fire” energy circulating, and the pressure mounting on our own internal homeostasis? There are many ways to support our cool, calm, and tranquility, no matter what’s going on around us and in our environments. Below, I will outline three of my favorite ways to beat the heat and keep your inner cool year round.
Three Ways To Beat The Heat and Keep Your Inner Cool
1. Sitali Breath (no prior experience needed):
This is a form of yogic breathing developed to “cool” the mind, emotions, and energy. Sitali Breath is simple for practitioners of all levels (or even if you’ve never practiced in your life!).
- Get into a comfortable seat or lie on your back.
- Close your eyes and begin to deepen your breath.
- Stick your tongue out and if you can, curl it. If you can’t, try and roll your tongue into a hot dog shape.
- Inhale through your tongue. Close the mouth and hold the breath in.
- With the mouth closed, exhale slowly and deeply.
- Repeat this for at least 1 – 5 minutes or longer.
(P.S. – This breath can also be done in the car, at your desk, in line at the grocery store, or on the go in any form. Because let’s be real, the moments that make us more fired up happen while we’re out living life.)
2. Soak in a Hot Bath:
It might seem counterintuitive to immerse yourself in hot water when you’re already heated, but breaking a sweat can be incredibly detoxifying and restorative to the body and nervous system. Plus, taking a bath is one of the most emotionally soothing things we can do for ourselves year round because water, as an element, is very cathartic for the mind and emotions. Grab your favorite bath salts, candles, and essential oils. Anoint yourself like the Queen or King you are. Lie back and let yourself relax.
Particular essential oils to use:
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Jasmine (Jasminium officinale), Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens var. roseum), to name a few.
3. Never Leave Home Without Your Mist!
Carry your favorite mist in your purse or pocket to spray on as you go about your day while braving the heat. Using a mist can be incredibly balancing to the mind, body and emotions because it acts as a “clearing” agent that re-centers our energy and brings us back to the present moment. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or overheated: stop, drop, and mist right there to come back to your breath and your core.
All in all, keeping our cool is a year-long practice and endeavor, no matter the weather. The most loving thing we can do is equip ourselves with the physical and mental “tools” to support our balance when the cards – or temperature – are not in our favor. These are a few of my favorite ways and I hope you enjoy them!