Summer is finally here, and you deserve to enjoy it. You can finally get outside, socialize and create new memories. Unfortunately, the past year has had many people experiencing anxiety, economic downturns, job insecurity, isolation, and social shocks. Stress isn’t good for your mental and physical health.
However, with pandemic restrictions easing in many areas, you will have more options and hopefully less to worry about. Get a head start on de-stressing and enjoying yourself with these tips.
Negative Effects of Stress
Stress can affect more than your mood—it can also affect your body. Under stress, you can feel irritable, sad, restless, anxious, unmotivated, and overwhelmed. The mental stress will, in turn, affect how you cope, leading you to do things like adopt unhealthy eating habits, smoke, withdraw socially, and rely on drugs or alcohol to relax.
These issues can harm your body and cause conditions like headaches, fatigue and sleep problems. Without sleep, your mind and body can’t heal or rejuvenate. Being consistently worn out will reduce your productivity, make you less social, and present you with numerous health problems.
How to Beat Stress This Summer (and Beyond)
Summer is a great time to beat your stress. Here are some tips for de-stressing.
1. Get Your Slow Tech Fixed
We’ve all been indoors for so long, and our technology has seen heavy use. As a result, we may not have been taking the best care of it. Frustration about tech not working is a massive contributor to everyday stress.
Luckily, you can address it. As you work, study, or do business, you may come across issues that can slow down your computer. Rather than deal with the frustration of a slowdown of your online activities and the frustrations of malfunctioning tech, hire a professional to fix it and have a stress-free summer.
2. Get Your Eight Hours of Sleep
Sleep is essential to your mental and physical health, so you need to get those eight hours. If you have trouble sleeping, you can try the following:
- Create a sleeping schedule and routine. Your body’s clock will notice the cues and start to wind down at a certain point automatically.
- Create a sleep-inducing environment in your bedroom. The darker, quieter, and cooler it is, the easier it will be for your body to sleep.
- Your diet and how much you eat can affect your sleep. Try to eat enough that you are full, rather than going to bed hungry or over-full. Stop eating a few hours before bed. Try to avoid nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol, as they stay in your system for hours after consumption and disrupt your sleep cycles.
- Regular exercise can improve your sleep—just make sure it’s not close to sleep time.
3. Get Outdoors
Going outside is the first step in improving your mental and physical health. There are hidden benefits to exposing yourself to nature that are hard to get when you’re spending your time inside. These include:
- The inclination to exercise. Being outside gives you the energy and desire to walk further, go for a jog, play sports, take a hike, or even swim. All of these physical activities are good for your well-being.
- Sunshine is a good source of vitamin D, which is essential for your bones, blood cells, and immune system. In the summer, you only need 5 to 15 minutes of sun to get these benefits.
- Sunlight also raises your serotonin levels. This keeps your mood calm, positive, and focused, along with helping raise your energy.
- Going outside helps you to socialize. Yes, social networks can do the same, but they are pale imitations to meeting people face-to-face and creating memories.
- The fresh air will do you good. Think of the outside air as something pure; for example, some plants can emit substances into the air to boost immune function, like phytoncides.
4. Get Active
Being active releases endorphins and serotonin, which make you happier and reduce stress. This could be a simple run, weekly gym visit, biking to work, or going for a hike. Get active in any way you are comfortable with; just get your body moving and heart pumping.
Getting more active is also an excellent way to re-connect with people you haven’t seen in a while because you can do activities together like play team sports. Not only will you get exercise this way, but you will also get to socialize.
5. Get Together
If you can see other people safely, you should. Humans are social creatures, and we need to surround ourselves with friendly faces. Being around other people reduces depression, improves confidence and self-esteem, lowers the risks of cognitive decline, and gives life purpose.
De-Stress with Summer vibes
Summer is the perfect time to let go of your stress and enjoy life. The season brings with it the kind of weather that makes going out more pleasurable. It opens your world to more fun activities and makes getting together with others more enjoyable. So get out there and enjoy the season.