It’s the middle of the summer.  The heat wave is just beginning for many of us.  Our pace becomes slower.  Our energy is sapped easily.  Sometimes our patience runs a little thin.  The effects of the summer weather on each of us can be a metaphor for what happens to us when we overextend ourselves.  How often have you found yourself at the end of a full and busy work week dreading how much you have to do on the weekend?  The demands on your time seem never-ending; the to-do lists seem to get longer; our compassion seems to wane.

The effects of the summer heat can be neutralized by following some hot-weather guidelines:  dress in light colors in loose-fitting clothing; stay in air-conditioning; eat smaller meals; drink plenty of water; stay away from alcohol and spicy foods; etc. 

Well, the effects of overextending yourself can be neturalized as well by refreshing yourself.  Take frequent breaks. Keep your sense of humor active.  Prioritize your to-do list so that you can let the lower level tasks float to the next list.  Give yourself at least one energy boost a day.  You decide what your own energy boost is.  It could be taking the dog for a walk; sitting and having a glass of iced tea; calling your best friend for a chitchat.  We each have our own  list of energy boosts.  Sometimes we just forget to use them.

So, listen to your body when you start to get overextended.  Refresh yourself.  Your summer heat wave can use a breath of fresh air!