There is something about the longer, warmer days that sparks a bit of self reflection. Maybe it’s the extra
time spent outdoors being active, or the opportunity for more gatherings with family and friends. Whatever
it is, summer, for many, serves as a seasonal springboard on a journey towards the best version of
yourself that you can envision.
To take advantage of this potential for self improvement, read on for helpful ways to make changes and
become a healthier, more fulfilled you.
For most of the world, summer is the time of pool parties, morning hikes and evenings spent dining al
fresco. The added opportunities to get outside aren’t just ways to incorporate more fun into your life. Time
spent outdoors has been shown to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, boost your mental health
and even fight off illness.
It’s easy in the digital age to get caught up indoors endlessly scrolling social media, but this doesn’t do
much for your overall health and wellness. Human beings crave novelty, so it’s important to put getting
outside and experiencing new and exciting things on your calendar. From booking a Southern Caribbean
cruise to attending an open air fair in your area, schedule some rejuvenating time, in big and small ways,
for yourself in the great outdoors.
Revamp Your Diet
Though much of a healthy diet’s benefits seems to be on achieving a summer-ready swimsuit body, a
healthy diet is an asset to your wellness for many other reasons. A healthy diet boosts your immune
system, aids in stabilizing your mental health, helps to regulate your sleep-wake cycle and provides your
body with sustained energy to keep you healthy, active and ready to hit the pool whenever an invite hits
your inbox. The increased availability of fresh produce should make this one a snap. The growing season makes it
easier to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet as you’re no more than a farmer’s market trip
away from a kitchen stocked with healthy, nutritious foods. Focus on plant-based, unprocessed foods at
meal times for optimal health.
Your body consists of 60% water, and when it’s warmer outside, you’re more likely to lose some of these
fluids through sweat and body temperature regulation. It’s important year-round, but especially important
during the summer months to make sure your body stays hydrated.
Though you’re probably familiar with the recommendation to drink eight glasses of water per day,
recommended water intake varies based on your activity level, location, sex and age, so be certain you’re
getting the hydration you need to keep your body functioning well.
Start a Practice
Health and wellness extend past just your physical body. The relationship between your mental or
emotional health and your physical health is incredibly important, as a significant change in one aspect of
wellness has a ripple effect on another.
Take this time to start routines aimed at clearing some of the noise and chaos that accumulates through
your day-to-day life. Some find that a quiet practice such as journaling or meditation helps them to stay
grounded, while others take on a restorative exercise program or try to learn a new skill. No matter what
route you take, it’s important to prioritize both your mind and body on the path to wellness.
Positive interactions with family and friends have marked benefits on both your mental and physical
health. Studies have shown that those who feel a sense of belonging in a strong, stable network of loved
ones are less likely to develop chronic illness, more likely to report better emotional health and actually
have sharper cognitive skills.
If the invitations aren’t coming to you, start sending out a few yourself. Social interactions don’t need to be
lengthy or complex. Even a walk with a coworker on a lunch break or a quick video call with a family
member can increase your sense of happiness and wellbeing. No step is too small when it comes to caring for yourself and, though it may not seem like it at first, fostering relationships with others helps you
to have a better relationship with yourself, too.