With the past few years being unusual, to say the least, most of us are literally counting down the days for this summer to arrive. Meeting up with loved ones, being able to dine out and enjoy ourselves whilst the weather is warm and dry, plus the added bonus of having the sun shining, will do wonders for our health and wellbeing. However, we’re not quite there yet, which may not necessarily be a bad thing because it means we can get ready to make this summer a memorable one. If this sounds like a plan, this article has some amazing ways for you to get ready for summer from now.
Spring Clean Your Body: Inside and Out
Knowing that with the summer comes the time for socializing, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re prepared, both physically and mentally. It’s even more important after winter, and now we’re (hopefully) coming out of the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s a good idea to focus on what you can do for yourself during the warmer and lighter months, perhaps even starting a routine as soon as you have one in mind. For instance, you could wake up and do some stretches before you start your day, as the sun is rising. After dinner, you could go for a walk with your flatmate or loved ones, which is a good way of catching up and spending time together, without technology being used.
Perhaps an activity could be organized over the weekend, like camping or hiking. Or during downtimes, reading in the park or your garden would be a great way to unwind. Stopping to pause and spend some time on yourself is a wonderful way to recharge your batteries and regain a zest for life.
Taking advantage of the warmer months and spending as much time outside, whether it’s walking, jogging, or cycling will work wonders for your health, both physically and mentally. Keeping an exercising routine you like, which keeps you fit as well, is more likely to be one that you’ll stick to. This could be a good time to work on your mental wellbeing by listening to music or doing the activity with a friend or loved one.
Being outside will help you get your daily dose of vitamin D, which has numerous health benefits, like maintaining strong bones and helping you fight lethargy.
It makes sense to keep healthy, and by this we mean eating healthy and ensuring your body has the right nutrients. Keeping physically fit doesn’t necessarily mean this, which is why we’ve included this section here. All the physical activity in the world will mean nothing if your diet is high in fats and your drinking plenty of calories, so consider cooking foods in a healthy way, like grilling or steaming, for your working week, allowing yourself the occasional treat over the weekend.
Increasing your plant-based foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, will go a long way to helping you keep trim and healthy. It can also do wonders for your hair, skin, and nails. One easy way to increase your uptake of these food groups is to have a smoothie for breakfast with a handful of spinach or kale, half an avocado, and any other fruits or vegetables you like. You can add water as the liquid, but opting for something like almond or hemp milk will make it more filling and tastier.
If you’re working on your mental and physical health, it makes sense to treat yourself for your labors. You don’t have to break your bank and can look online for coupons and promo codes, or even click here to find some discounts you can use. For instance, if you know you’ll be socializing more, why not treat yourself to some new make-up or a few new clothes that are in season? Treating yourself will make all your hard work worthwhile. You’ll also feel more confident knowing you look good.
But treating yourself doesn’t just have to be about spending money, you can also give yourself that weekend lie-in or occasional duvet day, which is even more appreciated after a long week. Perhaps a bowl of ice cream after your evening meal or a glass of wine on a Friday night is all you need to acknowledge how hard you’ve worked.
Plan Some Things but Live in the Moment too
It’s good to plan some things, like nights out or spending the weekend away somewhere, just so you don’t forget things and include everything you want to do. It’s also a great way to feel in control of your life, which is important when we spend most of our week working for someone else. But it’s also important to be spontaneous and go with the flow of life. Very often it’s the unexpected that makes the memories that stay with us for years to come and ones that we’ll often recount in tales to loved ones about things we previously did.
The unexpected also keeps the monotony of life at bay as we never know what’s around the corner, much like how our lives tend to play out. It helps us to develop many essential skills, such as reacting to ad hoc situations and can be character building.
This should be the crux of nearly everything you do – we say nearly everything because there are some things in life we have to do, regardless of whether we want to. An example of this would be doing our laundry – it’s a thankless task and one that’s got to be regularly done for obvious reasons.
If there’s no enjoyment in what you’re doing, you’re less likely to keep doing it. You may even start to feel negative about it too, and that’s no good. Life is for living, and you should enjoy doing it whilst you can, as long as you bring no harm to anyone or anything.
We all have different ways to do things and preparing for summer is no different. If there’s one thing we may have in common, it’s wanting to enjoy what we’re doing and for it to have a purpose. Our approach may differ and that’s OK because we’re all unique. The main thing is to persevere until we find what works for us as we prepare for this upcoming summer.