As the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer, it’s easy to forget about good habits and give in to the carefree vibes of summer. Stay on track (while still having fun) with these four simple tips to help you stay healthy and happy all season long.
Stay hydrated — Thanks to road trips, baseball games, cocktails on sunny patios and long-haul flights, it’s easy to get dehydrated during the summer. Avoid feeling parched and run-down by carrying a reusable water bottle and be sure to drink at least one or two glasses of water for every hour you’re in the sun or on the go.
Protect your skin — If you know you’re going to be out in the sun, wear protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats and bandanas, and don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. When selecting a sunscreen, look for one with both UVA and UVB protection as well as a minimum SPF of 30.
Get enough sleep — Practice good sleeping habits by staying consistent with your bedtime and wake-up routine, even during the longer daylight hours. If you have trouble falling asleep, try meditation or download a mindfulness app. When traveling, allow yourself a few guilt-free mornings of sleeping in; part of an enjoyable vacation involves resting and recharging.
Use your vacation days — Numerous studies have shown that taking vacations can help improve your heart health, relieve stress and help decrease depression. Spending time away from work can also help you avoid burnout by boosting creativity and clarity. If you have paid time off, don’t let it go to waste — you deserve to unwind and reboot this summer.
Whether your plans include snorkeling in the Caribbean or barbecuing in the backyard, these easy steps will help keep you and your family safe and healthy throughout the summer months.