I know it doesn't feel like it, but we are just past the halfway point of summer and we are into the second half of the year. With kids starting school at the end of August or the unofficial reminder of summer "ending" after Labor Day, we sometimes forget summer doesn't end until late September. So take some time to rest, check-in, and reassess during this summer halftime. Being a previous athlete, halftime is a time of great importance - if things are going well, how will you continue that? And if things aren't going well, what needs to change?
So let this post be a reminder to do just that:
- Take a rest - We often forget how needed rest is and tend to be hard on ourselves about resting. Especially during summer in New England, we try to cram so much into one season and are often trying to get one more thing done. So instead kick your feet up, grab a cold drink, and rest; resting could also mean getting out for a walk, being out on the water, or reading a book - find what's most restorative for you. When we give ourselves time and space, we can respond instead of react.
- Check-in - After taking a few breaths and resting, check in. What's been working for you and what hasn't? What would you consider the score to be? Whether you track the score in numbers or in your own subjective way, it doesn't matter just as long as you take the time to reflect. As you check in with yourself, also note your energy levels - what's energizing you and what's draining you?; your motivation or inspiration - are you just going through the motions or are you feeling excited and passionate?; and your stress levels - how is your breath, the level of tension in your body, and how present is your attention?
- Reassess - Now that you've checked in and rested, take a moment to reassess. Do you need you adjust the sails, and if so, how? In other words, if you set a goal or intention for the year or the summer, are you still on the path to getting there or do you need to course correct? And remember there is nothing wrong with course correction and adjusting the sails, life happens in ways we can't predict, and that's how we learn and adapt.
After you complete your "halftime check-in" get back to the game and find your flow. See if this pause helps you on your path of the best version of yourself in this moment. This is an Instagram post from a writer who always seems to find the right words: