Summer seems to have arrived overnight, and now the prospect of jetting away on our travels seems much more real than it did a few weeks ago; when we were still in a warm cocoon of extra blankets and Netflix marathons, while the Beast from the East raged outside. All of a sudden, swimwear is very much on the agenda, so it’s little wonder that you could feel a little unprepared. There’s something about the season that makes us want to be the best version of ourselves, whether it’s rocking that cut-out one piece in Santorini or pulling together some amazing spring looks for the music festivals, finding outfit inspo and looking into that fat freezing procedure. But with so much to do and so little time before it’s all upon us – what can you do now that will make an impact?
Use Technology To Kick Start Your Process
You’ll already know what you need to do in order to look and feel your best in the warmer months, and whether it involves swapping all your beige food staples for superfood salads, remembering to stay hydrated, or strengthening your body by getting in a kick-box workout, let technology help you to realise those dreams. There are so many apps that can get you started and keep you on track from your smartphone screen. Lifesum lets you set up long-term goals, track your nutrient intake and monitor how much water you’ve drunk in a day, while apps like Sweat route you to workouts tailored to your own goals.
I often watch Youtube tutorials for easy exercises to do at home and they’re SO handy!
Make Bedtime Your Time
Today’s world is tailored made for burning the candle at both ends, with our always-on super connected work and social lives. But the bedrock of sticking to a heather routine, finding more focus and mental clarity and keeping your wellbeing in check is getting enough rest. So make sure that you make a date with your bed and fit in a few early nights. If you have problems getting to sleep, make sure that you have the basics right – light, temperature and noise are all factors to consider. Some blackout blinds or a retro-glamorous silk sleep mask can help you achieve quality rest – or you could experiment with an aromatherapy diffuser.
Some people find practising controlled breathing techniques can also help them to release the tension of the day and fall asleep easier. And of course, if you haven’t banned phones and tablets from the bedroom yet, you need to get out of the habit of using them before sleep -they emit blue light that disrupts the body’s natural rhythms and sleep hormones. I know it’s hard, especially in the Summer because it stays light much later than usual.
I struggle the most with knowing when to put my phone down at night and refrain from checking it.
Soak Up Some Sun
Now that the sunshine has finally made an appearance, make sure that you are getting at least 20 minutes outdoors. Exposure to fresh air and sunlight can really have a positive impact on wellbeing, gaining you a hit of Vitamin D that many of us are lacking. Move your workout outdoors or aim to fit in a quick walk at lunchtime and you’ll find a host of benefits; from enhanced problem-solving skills to blitzing a few extra calories. Combine this with a catch-up with a friend rather than sitting down for coffee and a slice of cake. You’ll feel so much better.
The sun being out genuinely makes me so much happier and I feel so much more positive about life, that’s why I LOVE the Summer!
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