KEEP THE SUMMER GOING: 10 Ways to Lift Your Spirits
Summer is a good time to develop some healthy habits. Here are some tips to lift your spirits and give your wellbeing a boost
1. Get out into the light
Get out in the sun to soak up some vitamin D which helps regulate the stress hormone. Only 10 per cent of our vitamin D comes from our diet, the rest comes from daylight.
2. Tidy up your sleep habit
Sleep is immensely important to our brain function and indeed every other aspect of our health. By getting into a good, regular sleep habit by going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time every day.
3. Turn off that phone
There is a potential link between smartphone use and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). So, give the phone a rest, especially at bedtime.
4. Exercise the brain muscle
Learning a new language can improve our brain health. The Duolingo phone app promises to teach a language in just 15 minutes a day.
5. Stay hydrated
Good hydration is crucial for brain health. Even mild dehydration can influence mood and the ability to think clearly. Keep drinking water.
6. A healthy body is a healthy mind
People who exercise regularly, even going for a walk a few times a week, report significantly fewer mental wellbeing issues.
7. Make time for friends and family
Good relationships are important for your wellbeing. So, make a resolution to reconnect with family and friends – it’s good for all involved.
8. Time to be mindful
Mindfulness meditation is not just another fad, it has proven mental wellbeing benefits. It allows a bit of space from those other things, to deal with the here and now. Sometimes it’s great just to check in with yourself.
9. Take a staycation
Picnic in the park or at a lake close by, goggle what are some tourist sites in and around where you live to visit.
10. Cut back on the caffeine
Ease back on the java. “Caffeine has an effect on melatonin. Studies have shown that you should be careful with your intake and have your last coffee a minimum of six hours before bedtime.”…….. (read more)
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Summer Uplifting Quotes
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden –
“I felt like summer had taken me over.” – Junot Diaz –
Sunshine on my mind
It’s summer and time for wandering…. – Kellie Elmore –
It’s summer! Be free and happy and danceful and uninhibited and now
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
Take me where the summer never ends
“If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue” – Kate Lee –
“The summer night is like a perfection of though.” – Wallace Stevens –
Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about – John Mayer –
Summer is when the days get longer, the stars shine brighter, your hair gets lighter, the water gets warmer, the music gets louder and life gets better.
If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.” – Unknown –