2017 summer solstice falls on June 20, bringing fun, adventure and warm weather. ECS has combined 10 tips for your physical and mental wellness this summer.
- Get outside: Enjoy the warm temps and sunshine while soaking up some Vitamin D. According to com, the government advises spending 10 minutes a day in the midday sun without sunscreen. Do your best to get outside for a short burst of time and lather on your SPF for the remainder of the day. Sun protection is important, but Vitamin D is essential for your mood and mental health.
- Exercise: Move your body, preferably outside. The summer months can have high temperatures that make exercise uncomfortable, so try fitting your physical activity in the morning before the sun is at its peak. It’s important to understand that exercise does not have to be a major commitment; it can be as simple as a short wildflower hike or a swim at the pool or beach!
- Set goals for yourself: Take time to reflect and set achievable goals for yourself, whether they are short or long term. A goal can be as simple as waking up 30 minutes before work to finish a project you’ve been procrastinating on. Visualize your goals down to the minutest details, and identify and work on the steps toward achieving them. Before you know it, you will have manifested something amazing.
- Try something new: Summer vacation can be either a learning paradise or a learning wasteland. To avoid entering the wasteland, participate in something new. Maybe you have always wanted to get back into playing soccer, or maybe you want to learn how to sail. Explore the opportunities in your community, and look for new events and activities in which you can participate. Who knows what you will learn and whom you will meet along the way.
- Stay hydrated: We all know that water makes up around 60 percent of our bodies and is vital to daily living. However, are you aware of all the ways in which water can benefit your wellness? According to com, water plays a role in:
- Glowing skin
- Appetite control
- Keeping things moving in your body
- Your mood
This summer make it your goal to drink the standard eight glasses of water a day. Try to eat foods that keep you hydrated such as cucumbers, zucchinis, tomatoes and watermelon. If you need a punch of flavor in your water, add lemon or mint.
- Connect with others: Get lunch with a friend, start a blog or visit a distant family member. Ask the next person you see what their dream is, and share what you are passionate about. Socializing with others will help keep negative thoughts away and inspire creativity.
- Maintain a sleep schedule: It’s simple: get 8 hours of sleep every night. If your sleep schedule is off track, take a short nap so your body can operate at its optimal level.
- SPF, hat and sunglasses: Protect your eyes, skin and hair from the sun’s UV rays.
- Sustain your spring cleaning efforts: Maybe you worked really hard to clean the garage, or maybe you finally organized that closet you’ve been dreading. No matter what your cleaning efforts are, maintain your hard work to keep your living space decluttered and comfortable.
- Be present: Try not to overthink your goals. Practice being present and express gratitude for what currently exists. As Mary Oliver once stated, “Sometimes I only need to stand wherever I am to be blessed.”