Make the Most of the Rest of the Summer

Have you been having a blast, but starting to feel a bit run down? Here's a different spin on some simple tips to keep you going and ensure a healthy, happy, and glowing you!

1. STAY HYDRATED

Staying hydrated and drinking water is extremely important, and even more so when it’s hot outside. Between higher fatty and salty foods, more alcohol consumption, and less sleep it is vital that we replenish and heal our bodies with water to repair any damage on the body and skin. As an added perk, keeping hydrated gives us that glowing complexion we all strive for (yes that goes for guys too.) 

  • Maintain the ritual of happy hour while keeping a happy body! More often than not, it's not simply the alcohol or the mounds of sugar in our glass that makes it so enticing. It's the ritual of sitting, enjoying, and making it a point to unwind. The next time you have a few minutes to sit outdoors and breathe, pour your water into a fancy glass, use those cocktail umbrellas, and maybe even add a splash of juice. Then sit back and unwind, enjoying the moment. (Caution: If you do this early in the day, be sure to let your significant other know it's a specialty water... not a 10am Martini.)
  • Keep lots of frozen fruit (organic is best!) in your freezer and use a handful in place of boring old ice cubes. It makes a difference. 
  • Experiment with different infusions of water. In the warm Summer months, there's nothing quite as refreshing as water infused with cucumber and mint. 

2. GET YOUR ZZZ'S

When our sleep schedule and routine changes or we’re simply not sleeping the same amount, this can have a huge impact on our health and stress levels. While past beliefs have stated that we all MUST have 8 hours of sleep a night, the new studies have said that this may not in fact be true. The amount of sleep a person needs is actually unique from person to person. Although the amount of time varies, sleep and medical experts have agreed that not having enough sleep can lead to a significant increase in stress, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, impaired reaction time, memory and productivity, among many other issues.

So what can we do to improve our overall sleep quality?

  • Establish a consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on the weekends. When you want to sleep in, try to contain it within an hour and a half.
  • Keep it enjoyable and pamper yourself! Create a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or listening to soothing music – begin at least an hour before the time you expect to fall asleep. 
  • Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable, relaxing and cool.
  • Make sure you're sleeping on a comfortable mattress with comfortable pillows. Take a critical eye to your bed cushions and perhaps indulge in a new pillow. You deserve it, and it can make a tremendous difference!
  • Keep "sleep stealers" out of the bedroom – avoid watching TV, using a computer or checking your phone in bed. 
  • Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime.
  • Unplug from all electronic devices such as television, music, cell phone, laptop at least 1 hour before bed. 

Having some consistency in your sleep and water consumption can help offset the typical weekend habits in the Summer and can help you bounce back much easier and more importantly, be and stay healthier. So enjoy the rest of the Summer while keeping delightfully hydrated and indulging in rejuvenating rest. Your body and mind will thank you.

Lauren Debiak