by Aundrea Leven, Nutritionist
For many, the warmer weather, longer daylight hours, and relaxed energy of summer make it the perfect time to relax and recharge. For others, it can trigger stress as they face dressing in lighter clothing to stay cool in the summer heat. Shorts and swimwear have a way of making people feel self-conscious. Summer is only two months away. Here are five tips to make this summer satisfying and uplifting as you continue on your wellness journey:
Drink plenty of water.
Drinking enough water daily is important for overall good health because it aids in absorption, circulation, digestion, and even excretion. You will feel and look better when you give your body the water it needs to function at its best.How much water should you drink a day? A few factors need to be considered when determining how much water your body needs. Everyone has different lifestyle demands and may consume higher water content foods causing water requirements to vary. Generally, you want to be mindful of your body and consume approximately 4-8 cups of water per day.Drink water to start your day, before and during each meal or snack and after exercising, and listen to your body for signs of thirst throughout the day.Not a fan of water? Be creative and add strawberries, blueberries, grapefruit, lemons, cucumber or mint to your water for additional flavor.
Have a sleep routine.
Do your best to keep your bedtime and wake time consistent most days of the week. An hour before bed, turn off electronics, take a hot shower, read a book and have a journal nearby to clear your mind, if needed. Make sure the room is quiet, you are comfortable and relaxed. A goodnight sleep gives you a natural glow and helps you take on the day.
Set small, realistic goals.
Small, realistic goals can boost self-confidence and will lead to more success.For example, for 7 days consider replacing your beverages with cold water or infused water and watch how your body improves. Then the next week reassess and decide if you want to try it for another week or start a new goal.
Give yourself a compliment.
Allow yourself to appreciate your great characteristics. Maybe you like the way your hair looks today. Each day find a compliment to give yourself and to others around you. Consider adding the compliment to your calendar so when you have a low day, you can look back and be reminded of what you like about yourself.
Embrace your favorite features.
When trying on summer clothes and looking in the mirror, pay attention to what you like in the reflection. Do you feel confident in the outfit? Focus on the features you like, accent them and feel great about it! Let’s make this summer better than all the rest! Mindfully enjoy all five senses, embrace where you are and remember to give your body recognition for all the awesome things it allows you do!Summer begins on June 20th. If you need health tips to prepare you for summer, I would be honored to guide you on your wellness journey.