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Cool Down with These Summer Wellness Tips

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For most people, summer is the most favored season. But it’s also the season of heat, humidity, and dehydration. That’s why it’s important to prioritize your wellness during the summer months. 

In this Modvive article, we’ll explore some wellness tips for summer, covering everything from staying hydrated to managing stress.

Staying Hydrated

We know that staying hydrated is really important the summer months, especially when you’re spending time outdoors. 

It goes without saying that drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated, but you can also get fluids from other sources such as coconut water, smoothies, and herbal teas. 

TIP: If you’re planning to spend a lot of time outside, bring a reusable water bottle with you and refill it frequently. 

Eating Healthy

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with healthy and refreshing recipes, such as fruit smoothies and grilled vegetables. Seasonal fruits and vegetables like watermelon, berries, and cucumbers are great options for staying cool and hydrated. Incorporate these into your diet along with lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains. Also, try to avoid high-fat and sugary foods, which can cause sluggishness and make you feel more lethargic during hot weather. 

Protecting Your Skin

Protecting your skin from the sun is important all year around but especially during the summer. Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, and reapply it every two hours when you’re outside. 

TIP: Wear protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, to avoid exposure to the sun. Try to stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight during peak hours (between 10 am and 4 pm).

Staying Active

Summer months are the perfect time to take advantage of outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and cycling. These activities are not only good for your physical health, but they also have a remarkable impact on your mental health. 

TIP: Make sure to wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen, stay hydrated, and take breaks as needed.

Getting Enough Sleep

During the summer months, it can be challenging to get a good night’s sleep due to the heat and humidity. To get a better night’s sleep, try to create a sleep-friendly environment by keeping your room cool and dark. 

TIP: Consider using a fan or air conditioner, and invest in high-quality, breathable bedding. It’s also important to stick to a consistent sleep schedule, even during the weekends.

Managing Stress

Stress is a common issue during the summer months, especially when it comes to planning vacations and outdoor activities. To manage your stress better, try to plan ahead and make a schedule for your summer activities. Take breaks when needed, and be flexible with your plans. Try to prioritize relaxation and self-care, and avoid overcommitting yourself.

Maintaining Mental Wellness

Mental wellness is just as important as physical wellness, especially during the summer months. It’s important to prioritize self-care and relaxation during the summer months, such as taking a vacation or spending time in nature.

Consider taking breaks from social media and technology to help reduce stress and improve mental wellness. Additionally, spend time with friends and family, and prioritize meaningful social connections. Engaging in activities that you enjoy can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Other Things to Consider 

Another important aspect of wellness during the summer is to protect your eyes. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your eyes and increase your risk of developing cataracts and other eye-related problems. To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV rays, and avoid staring at the sun, especially during an eclipse.

Mosquitoes and other insects are also more prevalent during the summer months, which can be a nuisance and a potential health risk. To protect yourself from insect bites, use an insect repellent containing DEET or other effective ingredients. 

TIP: Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, especially during outdoor activities in wooded or grassy areas. It’s also a good idea to check for ticks and remove them promptly if found.

Final Thoughts

Wellness is crucial during the summer months. By prioritizing your wellness, you can fully enjoy all that the summer has to offer, while promoting your physical and mental well-being. So get outside, have fun, and take care of yourself this summer!