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2020 has been the craziest year of many people's lives, and you might be wondering how to have a positive summer after the last 6 months of chaos.
From the early rumblings of the COVID-19 virus back in December and January, we could never have imagined what was in store over the coming months.
- Threat of WWIII with Iran
- Australia on fire
- Locust swarm of truly Biblical proportions in Africa
- COVID-19 pandemic
- Murder hornets
- Violent riots, looting, and protests
Regular life has turned on its head, and many loved ones have been lost.
As society takes the first steps toward regaining some normality, it’s important to acknowledge the impact that quarantine and recent social issues have had on people.
Be it physically, mentally, or financially, many people may be a little fragile.
Under normal circumstances, you would plan Fourth of July parties, summer vacations, or weekend trips in the sun. Although this summer might turn out differently than expected, it’s crucial that we make the most of our time.
This summer, it’s essential that you come out the other side in a better state than you came in. Here are five positive actions you can take to have a healthy summer.
Most people are aware of the physical benefits of regular exercise, but many don’t realize the positive effects that it can have on your mental health.
Doing regular exercise can greatly reduce stress and anxiety. It’s also a natural approach to combating depression.
If you’re not a very active person, don’t worry. Start slowly and introduce light exercise to your routine. You don’t have to put yourself under severe exertion to feel the benefits of exercise.
Change Your Bad Habits
Many of you may have fallen into some bad habits while trying to cope with the stresses of quarantine. Whether you’ve been anxious about the health and wellbeing of your family, or about your career and finances, it’s normal to overeat or drink as a coping mechanism. This is called "buffering."
The best way to change a bad habit is to take the first step in the right direction. Sometimes this requires help. If you feel you’d benefit from abstaining from alcohol, consider talking to a stop drinking expert. If you want to get your diet on track, contact a nutritionist.
Someone who can help you with all of these bad habits is a coach.
Maintaining a positive and healthy lifestyle is all about routine. Incorporating mindfulness and meditation into your daily schedule is hugely beneficial.
Meditating trains your mind to lose overwhelming mental clutter, though focusing on your breathing. Guided meditation apps are ideal for beginners, and you can select what theme or approach you want to use for your session. You can focus on positivity, relaxation, gratefulness, and self-love, amongst other things.
You can create a positive summer just by spending a few minutes every morning meditating.
Looking for a how-to? Look no further than Elina Lim's free Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness course.
What we fuel our bodies with has a huge impact on our physical and mental functions. Eating nutritious, wholesome, and healthy food is the best approach to a healthy lifestyle.
Plan ahead, stock up on healthy snacks, avoid sugary drinks and candy, and concentrate on nutrition content over calories.
As a type 1 diabetic, I recommend low-carb eating.
Being confined to your home for such a long time could have had more of an effect on your social wellbeing than you may have thought. Quarantine has made many of us realize how much we value our interactions with family and friends.
I, for one, realized that even though I'm an introvert, I dearly miss the daily interactions with my coworkers in the office.
As the states open up more, build safe socialization into your plan for a positive summer. Social interaction is vital for our mental health, confidence, self-esteem and overall quality of life. Make the most of your relationships and have a positive impact on each other’s lives.
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