4 Essential Summer Stress Relief Tips
With summer officially arriving in just a couple of weeks, this is the time of year people are supposed to relax and enjoy themselves.
Summer is synonymous with taking things slowly, getting outdoors, and appreciating the good times with friends and family.
But for those who are dealing with stress, the arrival of summer doesn’t change a thing.
Rather than let summer pass you by, here are four essential summer stress relief tips. These will ensure that you make the most of the season while learning to better cope with stress.
Exercise Is the Best Way to Beat Stress
If you’re going to embrace any stress-busting tip, let it be this one. Adding physical exercise to your daily routine will do wonders for your mental well-being.
If you find yourself particularly stressed out it’s best to do something active.
Exercise improves your mood, gives you a burst of energy, and can help to fight depression and anxiety.
You don’t need a gym membership to get results either, as any activity counts.
Some of the most effective stress-busting exercises include:
Stick to a Healthy Well-Balanced Diet
What you eat and drink also has an impact on your body’s physical and mental well-being. Making sure you embrace a healthy diet that is rich in nutrients, minerals and vitamins means you’re fueling your body with the best options possible.
It’s best to stay away from food that is high in added sugars and processed, as these items can contribute to your stress and harm your mood.
Instead, choose whole foods such as fish, beans, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and fruits.
Choose beverages that also do your body good and aren’t filled with sugar. Adaptogenic Tea is a healthy option that can be beneficial for your stress levels.
And of course, you can never go wrong with drinking plain water.
Set a Sleep Routine – Get on a Schedule
If you don’t have a bedtime routine and schedule, it can harm your mood and energy levels. This is another area that you can focus on to reduce your stress.
You need to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. That may mean you need to go to bed earlier.
Make sure to eliminate distractions from your bedroom, cut out food and drink too close to bedtime, and ensure the room is the ideal temperature and that your mattress is comfortable and supportive.
Make Time for Friends
The final tip is to make time for friends. Socialization is important to your health as it gives you a break from work, responsibilities, and stress.
Whether you entertain at home, go to friends’ houses, or meet up at a favorite venue, it’s important to schedule this much-needed downtime.
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Instead of another summer that you spend stressing and going through the motions, why not use these tips to take control and start to reduce all that pressure you feel?
This will allow you to enjoy the season the way it’s meant to be.
Do you have any more summer stress relief tips?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.