Whether you’re lounging on the beach, sitting poolside with a book, or vacationing in a brand new city, summer is the best time of year for fun in the sun
However, for busy professionals, finding time to relax, enjoy the warm weather, and practice summer self-care can be a challenge. Work, family, and social commitments don’t stop just because the sun is out, so it’s easy to fall into hustle mode and neglect your own needs.
Taking care of yourself is key to preventing burnout this summer. If you feel like you need some extra support, we have your back. Here are some tips for summer self-care so you can make the most out of this sunny, beautiful season.
5 tips to take care of your body and thrive this summer
Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet is important year-round, but it's especially important during the summer. With barbecues, parties, and vacations, it's easy to indulge in unhealthy foods and drinks.
Summer is also the perfect time to eat seasonally and enjoy fresh, seasonal produce such as berries, tomatoes, corn, and zucchini. Loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables through salads, sandwiches, and skewers on the grill can be a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer while maintaining good nutrition. You can also explore the best foods for relieving stress.
Be mindful of alcohol consumption
For many people, summer tastes like beers on the beach, concert cocktails, or sunset sangrias. Having an occasional cocktail might not hurt. But when you’re drinking with friends on a beautiful summer day, it's easy to get carried away and over-indulge.
Be mindful of how much you’re drinking this summer. Alcohol is high in calories and can lead to dehydration—especially in the summer heat—so limit your intake. If you do decide to have a beverage, make sure you drink plenty of water.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Staying hydrated is especially important when you’re out and about in the summer heat. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. At a minimum, aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. You can also add fresh fruit or herbs to your water to make it more refreshing and flavorful.
Get outside to exercise
Take advantage of the warm weather and spend time outside. Whether it's going for a walk, joining a club sports team, or trying a new outdoor exercise class, spending time outside can be a great way to reduce stress, boost your mood, and even network! Summer is a social time, so you never know who you’re going to meet when you’re trying a new outdoor activity.
Protect your skin
The sun can be damaging to your skin, so it's important to protect it with a daily skincare routine and sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours, or more often if you're swimming or sweating. Wear protective clothing, such as a hat and sunglasses, and avoid spending too much time in direct sunlight during peak hours (10 am to 4 pm). There are also natural ways to protect your skin from the sun like using aloe vera, bees wax and other natural recipes.
Find peace, clarity, and calm with tips for maintaining your mental health this summer
It can be tempting to stay up late and take advantage of the longer summer days, but it's important to prioritize sleep so you can feel energized, prevent health problems, and give your body a break. Make sure you are getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night to feel rested and rejuvenated.
Do a digital detox
Notification overload is a real thing. Sometimes, taking a break from technology is exactly what you need to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
A digital detox involves taking a break from all digital devices—including smartphones, tablets, computers, and TVs—and summer is a great time to unplug.
Before you get started, set a timeframe for your detox and let your friends, family, and coworkers know you’ll be unavailable. Then, turn off your notifications and engage in activities that replace the time you spend on screens. Going camping, spending a day at the beach, or hiking a new trail are great summer activities that don’t need to involve technology.
Practice meditation or yoga
Meditation and yoga can help you relax, reduce stress, and improve sleep. Consider adding a few minutes of meditation with a candle or yoga to your daily routine to maximize your restorative rest.
Taking care of your mental health during this time of year is important to balance your energy and recharge for the rest of the year.
Plan a summer self-care day at home with a skincare ritual
Summer comes with an abundance of adventures and a slurry of social outings. Zipping around from sunup to sundown is exhilarating. But after a while, running around without a break can make even the most social of butterflies feeling fried and frazzled!
Sometimes, you need a self-care day at home to recenter and come back to yourself. Our Evening Ritual Set has everything you need to immerse yourself in luxury, find a moment of calm, and focus on yourself. This set features our Evening Body Serum, our Dry Body Brush, and our Luxury Aromatherapy Candle to help you unwind, relax, and feel your best after a busy day.
Unplug and recharge all season long with these summer self-care tips
Summer is a special time of year and we want you to make the most of every moment. By incorporating these tips into your summer routine, you can rest, relax, and recharge for your busy lifestyle. You deserve it!
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