When we are in balance, we feel comfortable and thrive in each season. We are happy to rest more in the Winter, have the energy to launch in the Spring and feel excited to play and connect with people in the Summer. When we are out of balance we feel out of sync with what is happening in Nature.
Summer is the season of the Fire Element. It is the time when there is the most light & active energy in Nature. In balance, most people find that they have a lot of energy this time of year - they feel excited to be social, fill their calendar with activities and enjoy the long hours of light.
For some, summer is a challenging time. When there is so much light and energy, it is easy to go overboard with activity and fun. Like a fire burning high and bright using up all the fuel, one can end up exhausted and burnt out. A steady and focussed burn is more sustainable. Knowing how to ride the wave of energy in the summer - go big - but realize where the limit is. Know when to slow down and take some time off.
In the opposite extreme, some people feel more sad and isolated this time of year. Sometimes watching others be busy with friends and family can be hard if there is a lack of close relationships in one's life. It feels like “Why is everyone off having a good time and I’m all alone? Why didn’t I get invited?” It can be doubly hard because the cultural expectation is that we all feel great in the summer and love this season.
In this case, the most helpful thing is to be aware of the pattern and plan for it. It may mean organizing events with friends and family in advance, before calendars fill. Making a point of inviting people over for dinner or a party. Reaching out and letting friends know that this is a difficult season. Finding a biking or hiking group to join. Taking sailing lessons and going out weekly with a group.
The goal is harmony with Summer. Plenty of fun - not too much, not too little. Enjoy!