As the summer draws closer, it’s a time to get excited about the warmer weather and brighter days, but after over-indulging in comfort food during the winter months, you might not feel at your best. This might be more prevalent this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused chaos worldwide, forcing people to stay at home to stop the spread. Luckily there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel, but if you’ve felt that you’ve lost yourself this year, whether that’s due to a change in your physical or mental health, it’s time to try to practice some self-care and get ready to welcome the summer while feeling at your best. Here are some simple tips to help you get ready for the Best Self This Summer.
A good place to start if you’re feeling bloated or are worried about weight gain is your diet. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, rather than trying various fad diets, aim to make more long-term changes to your eating habits. This is a healthier approach to weight loss and will make sure your body is getting all the right nutrition to stay fit and healthy. Aim to avoid snacking in-between meals, but if you must, swap out the candy bars for a piece of fruit, a yogurt, or some nuts. Also, make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated as this can help to manage your hunger and improve your digestion, too.
As well as moving towards a more balanced diet, you should also try to get up and moving more. This has been hard with the closure of gyms, but as the weather improves, do what you can to get outside in the fresh air. Walking, running, or playing a sport with friends (socially distanced) is a good way to get your blood pumping and stretching your muscles. Not only will get into a good exercise routine help with your physical health, but you should start to notice your mood getting better, too.
If you’re struggling with your mental health at the moment or finding the motivation to practice good self-care and get into a routine, you might need to explore some mindfulness techniques. Meditation is a popular choice for a lot of people, but if you haven’t done this before you may want to try guided meditation at first until you get the hang of it. If this doesn’t sound appealing to you, journaling is another good technique to help with mental health or enjoying some arts and crafts as a relaxing hobby.
While all of the above takes care of your mind and body if you want to step outside with confidence this summer, why not experiment with some new beauty rituals? If you like to have smooth legs but are fed up with shaving or waxing, consider looking at laser hair removal as an option for you instead. Getting your hair cut in a new style is always a great way to refresh yourself and remember to keep your skin moisturized and wear sunscreen if you want to maintain a beautiful glow this summer.
If you’re ready to shed your winter clothes and want to feel at your best this summer, use these tips to help you practice some great self-care and be more confident.