Couple looks at map Taking a vacation can do wonders for the soul.

Summer is without a doubt my favorite season. One of my favorite summer activities is to open my patio doors in the evening to let the season’s scents of fresh cut grass and neighbors grilling waft into my house. I’ll often sit outside without saying a word and just listen to the birds chattering and the crickets chirping. Occasionally, I’ll catch a glimpse of an elusive firefly – a reminder that I’m no longer in Oregon, but rather in hot, humid Washington, D.C. After breathing in the fresh air, I’ll exhale the day’s stress.

During the warmer months, I also try to go for a 15-minute walk each day during lunch. I often practice my breathing exercises to de-stress and feel rejuvenated before returning to work to finish the second half of my day.

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