Affirmations & Reflections: Empowered to Exercise During Summer Days

Written by Angela Atkinson

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I am empowered to exercise during summer days.

The days of summer represent a new starting point in my life. I am excited at the start of summer because bright, sunny days make me feel energetic.

Summer days give me the drive to go out and be physically fit. I achieve a higher level of fitness when upbeat elements of nature are around me.

As the sun rises on a summer day, I experience being pulled towards the outdoors to exercise.

I feel as if a summer day without exercise is a wasted day. It is natural for me to want to work out when the warm, crisp day beckons. I feel like I am where I am supposed to be.

Exercising with the sights and sounds of nature reinvigorates me and gives me the drive to keep going. I look at how much the birds and trees thrive on the sun and light wind, and feel empowered to join them outdoors.

I feel nature talking to me and telling me to keep going because the results can only be positive.

When working out on a summer day, I feel the sun recharging my energy and it keeps me going even when I would normally feel exhausted. I love how I feel when I exercise on a warm, sun-filled day.

Today, I continue to appreciate the power that a summer day has over me! I embrace that waking up on a summer morning empowers me to do something good for myself and sustain my well-being.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. What do I substitute for outdoor exercises when the days are excessively hot?
2. What impact does daily exercise have on my overall mood?
3. How can I extend my drive for exercise during summer days to the winter period as well?


  • Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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