Five Simple Summer Wellness Hacks
Summer is the season to play! Many of us are already enjoying long, warm days and fun in the sun with our friends and loved ones. Every season represents a new opportunity to revamp our wellness routine and incorporate lifestyle changes to promote health and well-being! Check out some of these simple summer wellness hacks:
1. Take a Vacation (Safely…)
After another year of staying at home, major restrictions on travel, and burnout on the rise, what most of us need is a chance to getaway! Regardless of where you are and what the reality of COVID-19 looks like in your area, take some time for a vacation. Enjoy a staycation in your city by taking time off from work to relax at home or enjoy local sites. Choose an easy day trip or nearby destination, for low-stress travel and easy planning. Living in Queensland means a beautiful vacay is available in our very own backyard..so now may be the time to plan some R&R that you put off in 2021.
2. Make a Plan for Mental Health, as the World Reopens
Whatever the reopening of the world means to you, now is the time to make your mental health plan. Consider what you have learned about yourself, under the restrictions of the pandemic, and what pros and cons you want to take with you into a reopened world.
3. Embrace Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Nothing says “Summer!” like a slice of watermelon or a refreshing summer salad. The summer harvest season yields a delicious array of healthy snacks – melons, cucumber, corn, stone fruit, and tomatoes to name a few. Nutritionists have touted the benefits of eating in-season produce for years and summer is the perfect opportunity to make that lifestyle change. Enjoy warm summer Saturdays at your local farmer’s market or get your hands dirty in your own vegetable garden!
4. Engage in Light, Fun Exercise
As temperatures go up in the summer, suddenly those long neighbourhood runs seem less appealing – and may even present the danger of heat stroke. Combine exercise with summer fun by engaging in gentle activities like yoga, bike riding, and swimming. Summer is an ideal time to take physical activity and turn it into time well-spent with loved ones at your local park or pool.
5. Stay Safe While Having Fun in the Sun
It’s hard to resist the warm summer weather! While you’re catching rays, be sure to practice proper sun safety. Harmful ultraviolet rays are the top cause of skin cancer and can also lead to eye damage, premature wrinkles and skin damage. During peak hours, seek shade under a tree or beach umbrella. It’s also important to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every two hours (more often if you’re getting in and out of the water or sweating).
Practising Summer Wellness for Fitness, Health, and Fun
Wellness is the foundation that a happy, healthy life rests on. Now more than ever, we have an appreciation for the benefits of a healthy body and a healthy mindset. We hope these summer wellness hacks help you find that balance of mental health, physical fitness, fun in the sun, and overall wellness. Make Summer 2022 a healthy one!