Father’s Day was just this Sunday, graduation has begun and summer officially starts in a few days. During this time of parties and obligations, how are you managing your physical and mental health?

Summer seems like the time for play and relaxation. It’s easy to associate the warm weather with a more carefree lifestyle. Obligations fall away, beach and barbecues take center stage and it’s the time to indulge in light reading and sweet frozen treats. Well, that’s how commercials make it out to be. But if your reality doesn’t measure up to the image, it’s not a bad thing. In fact, you’re probably normal.

Days are broken up into seasons. Our lives too are comprised by seasons-seasons of hope, grief, happiness and difficulty. If you’re in smack dab into one of the harshest ones, don’t fret. Remember there is truth in the proverb, “This too shall pass.” Our top posts this week reflect that. You may be dealing with addiction recovery, finding ways to be more balanced, or looking to be free of a dependency on food, chemicals or tech toys. Each brings hope that eventually whatever you are going through will subside. With the right combination of knowledge, courage and awareness, you might be able to endure or even savor the season you’re currently in. Enjoy!

{Flickr photo by CJ}

Gaining Emotional Maturity is Key to Addiction Recovery
(The Impact of Sex Addiction) – Individuals struggling with addiction will need help in the emotional department. Fortunately, addicts who go through the process of recovery will develop important emotional skills like the ones mentioned in this post.

Yoga As Self Care
(Lessons from the Couch) – We know it’s good for your body and mind, but find out what makes yoga therapeutic for therapists and their clients too.

Mindful Eating: Eating for Self-Synchronization
(360 of Mindful Living) – What’s the difference between mindless craving-driven eating and mindful hunger-driven eating? According to this, it’s the difference between environmental versus self-synchronization.

Mental Illness & Chemical Dependency
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – Feeling helpless over a loved one’s chemical dependency? This informative post sheds lights on the relationship between mental illness and substance use.

Living in a Brainwashed Culture of Urgency
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – You may not be aware of it. But you could be victim to our current culture’s illusion of urgency. Gain freedom from the false immediacy stirred up by your smartphone with this.