Summer wellbeing – Top tips for the perfect summer routine
Summer can be a tough time to stay on track with well being goals. For some it may feel too hot to keep up a running routine; for others, a holiday can disrupt their healthy eating routine or daily medication practice.
But don’t be hard on yourself if you get off track during the summer months. This halfway point in the year is the perfect time to reassess your goals and find balance again.
When we talk about summer wellbeing, we’re not talking about getting beach body ready, we want to focus on, not only a happy body, but healthy mind.
This means paying attention to what you eat, your exercise routine, how much you sleep, spending time with others, and how you deal with stress.
We all know that during the summer months there is a lot to juggle. The children are off school, we have annual leave to take, and we’re also trying to keep up with our never ending to do list. With that in mind, it’s important to remember to make time for yourself.
Here are some top tips for a summer routine that will leave you feeling cool, calm and collected this summer:
Get a better night’s sleep
Long, sunny days may mean you stay up later than usual, and hot, sticky weather can also prevent you from falling into a deep slumber. Make your bedroom summer-friendly by keeping it cool with a fan or opening a window, and relaxing before bed by putting away your phone and reading a few pages of your book.
Spend time with family
This summer double your wellbeing by spending time with the people you care about, while doing nature-based activities you can’t do during colder months, such as visiting a beach or eating dinner outside.
It has been proven that spending time with people you love has a positive influence on your lifestyle, and being close to family and friends helping you to eat more healthily. Experts also say that having a chat with a close relative can help reduce your stress levels.
Spending time with your family isn’t just good for you, it’s good for them too – especially your children. So, this summer, clock off on the dot and spend some quality time with your loved ones.
Being in nature is one of the best ways to unwind from stress. Take a few minutes each day—maybe right when you wake up in the morning—to step outside and simply enjoy the outdoors. Drop thoughts of any plans for the day and simply notice the green of the grass and trees, the feeling of a breeze on your skin, and the sound of birds and other animals.
Daily Yoga and Meditation
Start a daily yoga or meditation practice that will calm the body and mind, cooling your internal temperature. Heat often builds in the digestive tract during the summer months, so try and incorporate abdominal stretches and twists. After your yoga practice or meditation, place a drop of cooling calming essential oil between the eyebrows, such as rose oil to keep calm and collected throughout the day.
Prepare healthy meals
Fill your diet with cooling foods that are sweet, bitter and that are light and easy to digest. Avoid dark meats such as beef, lamb and pork, and pungent flavours such as those from citrus fruits, the garlic and onion family, or heavy dairy products.
Also avoid overdoing it at summer BBQs. Beat the temptation to overeat by filling up on the healthy stuff first. Fill your plate with fruit and green salads and choose raw vegetables over chips. If you treat yourself to dessert, be aware of the portion size and keep it reasonable.
The key is moderation and recognising when you’re full. Once you’ve finished, get moving! Play with the kids or get everyone together for a game in the garden.
Don’t forget to eat fruit! Summer is a great time for fresh fruit. Add your favourite berries to your morning cereal or oatmeal. Choose watermelon or cherries for dessert instead of cookies or ice cream.
Even if you’re planning to go on holiday and expect summer to be completely relaxing, there will undoubtedly be situations that cause stress. But that’s not a problem. Rather than putting an expectation on the season to bring a sense of calm…cultivate it yourself!