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June 6, 2022

Some people thrive during the summer months, thanks to long days, lots of sunshine, and warm weather. Others prefer to stick to the coziness of autumn and winter when it’s perfectly acceptable to curl up on the couch with a book and avoid going anywhere.

No matter what end of the spectrum you land on, it’s essential to prioritize your mental and physical wellness all year long.

Here are some ways to take advantage of the summer months to care for your mind and body.

Try a New Outdoor Fitness Routine

Are you in a fitness rut? Summer’s warmer weather is an invitation to get outdoors and try something new!

For example, head to a local hiking trail or get your bike out of the garage for some outdoor cycling. If you live near water, you can go for a swim, a walk on the beach, or try something more adventurous like stand-up paddle boarding.

Getting away from the gym will help you feel like you got a bit of a vacation, even if you only went a few miles down the road. Plus, you’ll be breathing in the fresh air, which can help you sleep better at night.

Relax Outdoors

You don’t need to be on the go all the time in the summer to reap the benefits of the season. The simple act of moving outdoors has proven benefits for your mental and physical health. It lowers blood pressure, improves your sleep patterns, and ensures you get vitamin D, which is essential for bone and immune health.

You don’t need to be outside that long to reap the benefits. Getting in the sun for 10 – 15  minutes a few times a week is enough to get all the vitamin D your body needs to stay energized and focused.

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So, grab your book, dog, or favorite podcast and hit the beach, a local park, or backyard. You’ll feel better simply by being outside.

Embrace the Flavors of the Season

Summer foods are full of flavor and color. All kinds of fruits and vegetables are in season during the summer months. These include berries, corn, summer squash, tomatoes, melons, and stone fruits (i.e., peaches, nectarines, cherries, and plums).

There are many ways to get these foods. You can go to a local farmer’s market to buy them straight from farmers and gardeners. You might also be able to pick them yourself. Many farms offer “you pick it” sessions for gathering berries or picking peaches.

Tidy a Small Space in Your Home

It’s easy for our homes to become cluttered. At the same time, it can feel daunting to try to de-clutter an entire house.

So, this summer, dedicate time to tidying up one small space in your home. It can be a kitchen cupboard, your nightstand, a desk drawer, or anywhere that feels like it’s gotten out of control. You will feel significantly better when you don’t have to deal with all that junk that has made its way into your home.

Take Time to Meditate

Summer is a great time to slow down your mind and body, and the best way to do that is to meditate. Practicing meditation is an excellent way to start or end your day. Look for a guided meditation video online or simply head outdoors to spend a few minutes breathing deeply and expressing gratitude.

Sometimes, you need a jumpstart to improve your health. Hilton Head Health offers wellness retreats that can help you learn new habits that prioritize your mental and physical wellness in the summer months and beyond.