The beginning of the year is devoted to setting your most ambitious goals, whether they take place in the office or the yoga studio. Summer, on the other hand, is all about drinking smoothies for lunch and plotting dreamy visits to tropical paradises (yes, plural).
Knowing that your carefree weekends are precious, set yourself up to actually conquer your bucket list with one simple action: Set your intentions for the season now.
“The sun is the source of life itself, providing light and warmth around the world. The onset of summer creates a vitality and child-like radiance, and its healing energy makes it rich with opportunities for growth,” says Bridget Ambrose, energy medicine intuitive. “The heat and strength of the sun can serve as a powerful reminder of your own ability to shine and express your radiant self.”
“The heat and strength of the sun can serve as a powerful reminder of your own ability to shine and express your radiant self.”
To help you boost the magic, we joined forces with Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts—the collection of ultra tranquil beachfront destinations in locales including Punta Cana, Montego Bay, Isla Mujeres, and Riviera Maya—to share three strategies for stretching good vibes through summer and beyond. With four dreamy Mexico and Caribbean properties each offering an immersive experience into local culture and cuisine with luxe perks and next-level spas, each resort is made for a total mind-body reset.
Keep reading for 3 ways to maximize the summer season.
1. Expand your horizons by traveling to new destinations
You don’t need a ton of justification for wanting to jet off to an oceanfront oasis (ideally, one known for its good eats, sparkling Caribbean waters, and pristine beaches), but there’s a more important reason to get away: the mega wellbeing boost you can get from exploration.
Summer is the natural midpoint of the year, which means many of us have been commuting to an office job day in and day out for nearly five months. “The more time we spend doing the same kinds of things with the same people and following the same routines, we are really narrowing the range of our experiences, and in turn we feel less alive and fulfilled,” says wellness coach Natalie Cristal Morrison.
“Traveling will replenish us and give us a new lease of life.”
Whether your dream getaway involves hot-stone massages, secluded suites steps away from the sand, or relaxed days drinking coconut water poolside—all perks you can score at Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts—it’s essential to relax and reset, whether you set off ASAP or book your trip for September.
“Traveling will replenish us and give us a new lease of life,” Morrison says. “You come home inspired, a little more awake, refreshed. Spiritually, you are reminded of our connection with others and on this planet. And it opens you to allowing more love and tolerance into your life.”
2. Tap mindfulness to maximize every experience—including culinary ones
Pro tip: Mindfulness is a technique you can use in everyday life, whether that’s lingering over sunset views from a catamaran at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita or a dish bursting with juicy seasonal produce. Eliminate distractions (bye, Instagram) and truly savor a nourishing plate—all the flavors, textures, and nutrients. “When we practice mindful eating, we are taking time even before we eat to express gratitude for what we are about to receive,” Morrison says.
Slowing down and appreciating the local ceviche in front of you (from your ocean-view balcony in Mexico, of course) can help reinforce healthy food choices. “By appreciating food in this way, we cultivate a very positive relationship with food and naturally choose foods that are made and grown with love, which will in turn nourish us,” Morrison says.
Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts makes it easy to kick off a season of thoughtful mealtimes with 24/7 gourmet fare. For real: The Endless Privileges® offerings include al fresco meals made with seasonal produce and local recipes (take Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres, where you can dig into a seven-course meal made by an award-winning chef). Also on the all-inclusive menu? Cooking lessons, tastings, and afternoon tea time.
3. Get grounded and find balance in small moments
There’s a reason chilling out with a beach read on the sand ranks pretty high on your list of summer priorities. “The longer sun-filled days of summer make for a slower, lingering pace,” Ambrose says. “We are gifted with unscripted time that allows room for reconnection to self and others.”
But with all of the free time, how do you make sure you’re actually replenishing yourself? “I suggest you take a few moments to close your eyes and notice the warmth of the sun on your face, the subtle breeze on your skin,” Ambrose recommends. “By listening to the birds or even the cars going by it can clear your mind, calm you, recharge your energy and strengthen your connection to your intuitive self and source.”
Take a moment to connect with yourself at Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts with beachside yoga or meditation, diamond energy facial (yes, this is a real thing), or even horseback riding at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana. “Gratitude is the key to raising your vibration and manifesting a full rich life,” Ambrose says. And what makes it easier to practice gratitude than soaking in an ocean view?
In partnership with Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts
Photos: Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts
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