We’re getting to that lazy time of the year, when it’s too hot to get outside. Even if you don’t have school-aged kids at home, it’s easy to fall into that “summer vacation” attitude. But, instead of slacking off over the summer, take the time to go a step further with your personal health. Include these simple changes for a healthier summer and a healthier you!
Eat More Berries
It’s berry season. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries… they’re plentiful and they’re typically on sale. Add a burst of flavor and color to your oatmeal, salad, and snacks for a healthy dose of fiber and antioxidants.
Play in the Dirt
Plant a garden. Or, even a few indoor potted plants. Putting your hands and feet in soil is a great way to reduce stress. You can choose indoor plants that are purifying, or an herb box for the window, or flowers in the garden.
Get Some Sun
In healthy doses, of course. Get out in the early mornings or in the evenings for hiking, biking, and swimming. Make it a family activity for an additional bonus!
Don’t Forget the Shades
To protect your vision, make sure you wear sunglasses that protect against both UV A and B rays. Sunglasses helps prevent cataracts (and wrinkles).
Take a Vacation
Time off is good for mental and physical health. It reduces stress and lowers blood pressure. If you don’t have the time or resources for a trip away, consider a stay-cation or just unplug from all the electronics for a couple of days and enjoy the quiet.
Go Easy on the Alcohol
Choose light, refreshing alcoholic drinks (in moderation) such as sangria or wine spritzers. Try to avoid hard liquors and remember to drink plenty of water. Sometimes the heat can intensify the effects of alcohol.
Get Plenty of Sleep
It’s hard to go to bed early when the sun is out so late. Your sense of time may be a little off during the summer. But, try to keep to a good schedule during the summer as well, so you’ll be well-rested for the next day’s activities!