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  • Writer's pictureDianna Carr

Sun-Kissed and Thriving: Your Ultimate Guide to a Summer Wellness Routine

Can you believe it is already June? As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, summer offers a perfect opportunity to revamp your wellness routine. Embracing the season’s energy can inspire you to adopt healthier habits, stay active, and find balance. Continue reading below for a comprehensive guide to building a summer wellness routine that will keep you feeling your best all season long.




1. Embrace the Early Mornings


Why it’s important: Summer mornings are cooler and quieter, making them an ideal time to start your day.


How to do it:

  • Wake up early: Aim to wake up an hour earlier than usual to take advantage of the cooler temperatures.

  • Morning exercise: Go for a walk, run, or do a yoga session to kickstart your metabolism and boost your mood.

  • Mindfulness practice: Spend a few minutes meditating or journaling to set a positive tone for the day.


2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate


Why it’s important: Staying hydrated is crucial in the summer heat to maintain energy levels and overall health.


How to do it:

  • Water intake: Aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. Carry a reusable water bottle to remind yourself to drink regularly.

  • Infused water: Add slices of lemon, cucumber, or mint to your water for a refreshing twist.

  • Eat hydrating foods: Incorporate water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and oranges into your diet.


3. Eat Seasonal and Light

Why it’s important: Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables ensures you get fresh, nutrient-rich foods that are in harmony with your body’s needs during the summer.


How to do it:

  • Visit farmers’ markets: Explore local farmers’ markets for fresh, seasonal produce.

  • Light meals: Opt for salads, grilled vegetables, and lean proteins to keep meals light yet satisfying.

  • Smoothies and bowls: Create nutritious smoothies and smoothie bowls with summer fruits for a quick, healthy meal.


4. Stay Active Outdoors


Why it’s important: Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities, which can boost your physical and mental health. If you are looking for some motivation to exercise, check out the Move More in 2024 Facebook Group for the latest Be Well Countdown to Summer 15-minutes a Day Challenge taking place from now through June 20th!


How to do it:

  • Exercise al fresco: Take your workouts outside, whether it’s running, biking, hiking, or practicing yoga in the park.

  • Water sports: Try swimming, paddleboarding, or kayaking to stay cool while staying active.

  • Group activities: Join local sports leagues or group fitness classes for a social and active experience.


5. Prioritize Skin Care


Why it’s important: The sun’s rays are stronger in the summer, making skin protection essential to prevent damage and premature aging.


How to do it:

  • Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily, and reapply every two hours if you’re outdoors.

  • Protective clothing: Wear hats, sunglasses, and lightweight long sleeves for extra protection.

  • After-sun care: Soothe your skin with aloe vera or a hydrating moisturizer after sun exposure.


6. Focus on Mental Wellness


Why it’s important: Maintaining mental wellness is just as important as physical health, especially during a busy summer.


How to do it:

  • Mindful breaks: Take short breaks throughout the day to breathe deeply, stretch, and relax.

  • Nature time: Spend time in nature to reduce stress and improve your mood.

  • Social connections: Make time for friends and family, and engage in activities that bring you joy.


7. Create a Balanced Daily Schedule


Why it’s important: A well-structured day helps you stay on track with your wellness goals while allowing time for relaxation and fun.


How to do it:

  • Set goals: Establish clear, achievable wellness goals for the summer.

  • Plan ahead: Schedule your workouts, meal prep, and downtime just like you would with work commitments.

  • Listen to your body: Pay attention to how you feel and adjust your routine as needed to avoid burnout.


Building a summer wellness routine is all about embracing the season's unique opportunities to improve your health and well-being. By waking up early, staying hydrated, eating light and seasonal foods, staying active outdoors, prioritizing skin care, focusing on mental wellness, and creating a balanced schedule, you can make the most of the sunny months. Remember, consistency is key, and small, sustainable changes can lead to lasting improvements in your overall wellness. Enjoy your healthiest summer yet!


Until next time....Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.


Dianna

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