The summer months can be hectic with kids off school and the constant pressure to look good on the beach, so my trick is always these 10 top tips for a stress free, healthy summer.
While SPF is extremely important for staving off skin cancer, don’t forget to give yourself 10-15 minutes SPF free a day, to ensure that your body can absorb all that delicious Vitamin D it needs for strong bones and better moods. Several studies have suggested that the symptoms of SAD may be due to changing levels of Vitamin D3, which may affect serotonin levels in the brain. So make sure you get your daily dose of happy. On the flip side, sunscreen is vital to help prevent skin cancer, but it has also been proven to help slow down ageing of the skin. So while a little bit of Vitamin D is good, too much unprotected sunning, is a no-no.
Summer is the perfect time to get the BBQ out and grill a healthy dinner. Protein helps you to stay fuller for longer, and therefore a healthy helping of grilled lean meat or fish, plus and oodles of different vegetables, can not only be a fun and sociable way to eat, but also help you to trim down.
Although Pimms and Sangria sound like obvious summer drinks, water really is your best friend in the summer months. Of course you can still indulge in the occasional cocktail, but it’s imperative that you double or even treble your water intake, so that your skin and body can stay hydrated. The extra water intake will also make your skin glow and replenish your energy levels.
4. Eat Breakfast!
As an avid breakfast eater I often impart the importance of the first meal of the day. In the summer months this is even more important especially if the sun is hot. Skipping breakfast and heading into the sunshine will only lead to a higher risk of dehydration, fainting on the tube, or heat overexposure. Plus, a healthy breakfast first think in the morning will jump-start your metabolism.
5. Avoid Over-Intoxication
I get it, with summer comes long evenings, big get togethers and good times. But it really is important that you try to dilute your alcohol intake by half with water. When you drink alcohol in the sun, it adds to the body’s dehydration which in turn leads to more perspiration and urination. Alcohol fails to replenish your water stores, so it’s important that you drink water between alcoholic beverages. Plus think of how the extra dehydration will lead to a nastier hangover!
6. Mental health
Summer time can evoke stress and fear, especially with constant reminders about “Beach Bodies”. But remember – EVERY body is a beach body. Ignore all the magazines that tell you what you need to do to your body to get ‘ready’ for the season. This is a ploy for them to sell products. You don’t need to change a thing about yourself to enjoy your summer.
7. Get out and stay out!
Even if you are tempted to hide away, take advantage of the extra sunlight during summer months. Whether it’s simply sitting on your doorstep with a good book, going for a walk in your local park or getting to the beach, get out and absorb the rays as much as you can because before you know it, you’ll be back in the office or classroom dreaming of next summer!
8. Your body rocks
It is important to remind yourself of how awesome your body is, and summer is the time to do this. Get out and swim, hike, laugh, run, roll down hills. Be grateful for your body and all the wonderful things it is capable of rather than dwelling on what you wished it looked like.
9. Good people
Make sure you surround yourself with lots of people who make you feel good. See the summer months as a time to eliminate people who suck your energy dry, and surround yourself with people who make you feel good.
10. Own it
What we wear is often an extension of our personalities, so wear whatever makes YOU feel good. Wear what makes you feel beautiful and confident. Bathe your body in things that make you feel powerful and on top of the world. Summer is a time to experiment and feel good.
— Amanda Byram