The world has changed, our work lives have changed. With our limited human capacity and finite resources, we attempt to do an infinite amount, throwing work-life balance out of the window and putting self-care on the backburner to make room for other important tasks like meetings, projects and paperwork.
But this roadrunner kind of a lifestyle begins to take a toll on our physical and mental health eventually, making you more prone to feeling burned out, stressed and unmotivated – not the best way to kick off summer, is it?
Now with summer vacations almost upon us, it has become a lot easier to give yourself some tender lover and care (TLC), spending more time outdoors, and slowing things down to enjoy the warm weather and live in the moment. Here are a few simple tips you should embrace this season to boost your mental and physical well-being.
Switching Things Up
If you’ve been doing the same workouts for a long time, or haven’t been very active recently, it’s time to switch things up a little to brighten up your routine. Summer is the best time to enjoy the sun so why not take your workouts outdoors to replenish your vitamin D levels while burning off the extra calories to reach your summer body goals. Consider gardening, riding a bike, running on the beach or doing other fun outdoor activities that don’t feel like an exercise.
A Clean Start
Since you spend a majority of your time at home, it makes sense to unclutter your personal space to make your feel less stressed and more comfortable in your surroundings. If you don’t have the time to clean the entire house at once, simply spend 15 to 20 minutes every day cleaning a small corner. You will quickly realize how a clean house can reduce your mental clutter and give you more focus to perform other activities.
Gear Up for Summer
Since you’re already cleaning your house, this may be the perfect opportunity to get rid of the things you don’t really need, switching the heavy winter beddings for light summery ones and giving away all of your old clothes to charity. If you have some cash to spare, go on a retail therapy and treat yourself to new summer items to re-energize your wardrobe.
Take a Staycation
While taking a vacation to nearby city or a faraway country is a great way to reset your stressful life, not everyone can afford to shell out thousands of dollars on expensive hotels and air tickets.
If you don’t have the budget for a lavish trip but still want to seek out new experiences during summer, consider taking a ‘staycation’ in your own city by visiting spots that you haven’t seen before, spending your day at a park, zoo, farmers market or simply walking around the city while crashing in your own bed at night.
Enjoy Some Sunshine
Sunshine is one of the best mood boosters according to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders which showed that people tend to be less depressed when they are exposed to more sunlight.
So, let yourself bask in the glorious summer sun by pulling back the blinds of your bedroom once you wake up. Sunlight boosts the production of a happy hormone called serotonin and helps you get better sleep at night.
Read a Book
Books aren’t just a great way to absorb knowledge but they allow you to escape from your own stressful life for a while and become immersed in a different world altogether. While packing your beach bag, simply throw in a good summer read to enjoy at the beach while soaking up some vitamin D.
Get Into a Napping Habit
While being out in the nature and exercising regularly are all great self-care tips for the summer season, don’t forget that an energizing nap around midday – even if it is for just 20 minutes – is a great practice to incorporate into your self-care routine.
If napping isn’t really your cup of tea, you can still allow yourself some benefits of meditation and breathing exercises.