Sometimes it’s easy to let your health fall to the wayside, but with summer right around the corner, we have some fresh ways to focus on your well-being right now. From your skincare to your nutrition, these are easy ways you can prioritize your wellness that are especially important in the summer months.
1. Protect your body this summer
The weather during the summer is always invigorating – you get to spend more time outside in the sun and warmth. However, that means you have to take precautions to protect your body against the sun and any extreme heat.
Even if it’s a cloudy day or you don’t plan to be in the sun for an extended period of time, an SPF lotion is vital in preventing the harmful rays from penetrating the skin. Keep a hat, umbrella, or protective sunglasses on hand at all times because these items can help shield your eyes and face from the sun. Just like your skin, your eyes can get sunburnt too which can feel itchy, dry, and uncomfortable. Don’t forget to review any prescription medications you are taking because some can cause the skin to burn more easily when exposed to the sun, be sure to always read the instructions on your medications before you start taking them. Finally, to avoid heat stroke, stay hydrated, try to be in shaded areas as much as possible and get into a cool, air-conditioned place if you start to feel extremely hot or faint.
2. Start a new hobby
If you’ve been dying to start a new hobby, why not start now?! That activity you’ve been wanting to try has likely been on your mind for some time now, so give yourself the satisfaction of going after it.
If it’s an active hobby or sport you’re looking to try out – great! Summer is the time to get outside and do it! But even if you want to learn to knit, spend more time reading, or learn to bake, take the initiative to start. Having a personal activity that you enjoy doing is great for your mental health and can boost physical health too. So round up your friends to start a tennis league or head to a craft store and pick up all of the things you need to learn to start scrapbooking and commit to spending time with yourself and your new-found hobby.
3. Focus on your foods
Setting goals to eat better are very common, but when summer hits it’s easier than ever because wholesome produce is fresh and in season. No matter where you are in your journey to a healthier lifestyle, there’s always more inspiration out there to keep you motivated to better your health with nutrition.
Make a goal to head to the local farmers market once a week to pick out some of your favorite fruits and veggies to inspire a new, exciting dish to add to your meal plan. If you’re getting bored of cooking the same thing over and over seek out new food blogs for ideas; some of our favorites are Naturally Ella, Skinnytaste, and A Couple Cooks. Keeping your healthy meals exciting and delicious is key to staying on track with any food-related goals!
4. See your doctor
Even if it may seem obvious, there are plenty of people out there that avoid seeing their primary care physician, therapist, or dentist. Make whatever appointment you need to right now because preventative health is the best thing you can do for your body.
Maybe you stopped taking that prescription that you should be on daily, or you keep forgetting to call the eye doctor to make your annual appointment, or maybe it’s just time for a regular checkup! Especially with age, it’s important to stay on top of annual appointments, refill your medications, and have the support to ensure you are in great health. Again, don’t forget to always read the warnings and instructions on prescriptions that can make you sensitive to the sun or can’t be taken with alcohol.
This summer, take initiative to boost your health and well-being. Whether it’s your skin, eyes, or even your mental health, there are plenty of easy ways to begin focusing on your health right now and throughout the summer.