Beat Summer Stress with These Tips

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For some people, summer time means having fun under the sun but for others, the heat can be quite stressful. This goes especially for those who have small children. Too many activities and humidity will leave you sweaty, cranky, and parched. So how can you manage stress when the heat is rising? Consider these tips:

Take a Cold Shower

Temperature can turn sweltering especially during the midmorning until late in the afternoon. And no one likes to feel hot, sticky, and uncomfortable because of the muggy weather! A cool shower helps cool the body down and soothe frayed nerves. A quick shower or two also leads to a more positive outlook so go ahead, treat yourself to a nice shower!

Get Close to Nature

Contrary to common notion, staying indoors will leave you feeling hotter, more uncomfortable than staying outdoors. Even if your home has excellent ventilation, nothing beats staying outside to relax. Of course, this does not mean you have to expose yourself to the sun. We recommend finding a shaded area outdoors to relax, get close to nature, and find serenity. Hanging out at the local park helps ease summer blues. Going to the garden and sitting under the tree is also a great way to relax and get some fresh air.

Proper Hydration

The body generates more sweat during the summer season so proper hydration is critical. You need to drink more water to replace all the fluids you lost when you sweat. Unfortunately, almost 75% of Americans do not drink enough water every day! If the weather is starting to sizzle, you need to drink more than 8 glasses of water daily. And while you’re at it, eat fruits high in water content just to increase hydration even more. This goes especially if you exercise regularly! Proper hydration helps alter the mood, promote mental clarity, and reduces the risk of dehydration.

Adjust Your Workout

Regular exercise is a must even on scorching summer days but adjust your fitness routine to avoid a heat stroke! We recommend avoiding any activities that will expose you to the midday sun when the heat is at its worst. Instead, consider working out early in the morning or later in the afternoon, 5 PM and beyond. This way, exercising won’ leave you feeling fried.

Meditate to Reduce Stress

Meditation is an effective way to chase the summer blues away! It helps put the mind in a relaxed state, improves breathing, and eliminates negative thoughts. Meditation also reduces blood pressure, lifts depression, and promotes mental clarity.

To meditate, find the quietest spot in your home and sit down. Close your eyes and focus on a positive word or a mental picture. Take deep breaths and continue focusing your thoughts on a positive word for 10 to 20 minutes.

Make Yourself a Refreshing Drink

Summer time means getting access to summer fruits! And nothing quenches the thirst like a good fruit shake or smoothie! Why not whip up a refreshing summer drink for you and the kids to cool the body down and energize the senses?

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