Summer is the time of the year when people go on long holidays. It’s also the time that we get to have a well-deserved break from work. But whether you’re packing your bags for the beach or staying in town, these tips will help you make the most of this summer. Enjoy.
As much as hanging out on Facebook is a fun thing to do, try to minimize the time you spend on social media, especially when the weather is great.
If you’re on holidays, having your phone with you all the time will only distract you from the beauty around you. Appreciate the lakes, rivers, trees, and mountains. Make use of your senses. Look at the colors, feel the air touching your face, and taste new flavors. Be in the moment. You can always share the pictures of your adventures on Facebook or Instagram the next the day, or even after your holidays are over.
It’s summer baby! Allow yourself to be more flexible with your working times, while still being as productive as possible. Even if you’re an early bird, you could try adding one or two hours to your sleeping routine to help you feel rested. And once you go back to your normal routine, you’ll feel recharged and ready to work.
Besides, it’s been proven that sleeping between eight to ten hours a day improves your memory, promotes muscle building, reduces inflammation, and keeps you younger. Amazing benefits huh?
One of my favorite things to do when I’m on holidays is read. I always bring a book with me wherever I go. I also like to read print magazines. I used to think magazines were a waste of money since you can find pretty much everything you need on the internet. But I’ve recently changed my mind about that. Reading a print mag is one of the most relaxing and caring things you can do for yourself. It’s a way to disconnect from the busy internet by focusing on one page at a time.
Lately I’ve been enjoying a magazine called In the Moment. I’m obsessed with it! There are just so many goodies in it, like articles on mindfulness, beautiful illustrations, and inspiring stories. You can subscribe to the magazine here.
4. Listen to Podcasts
If you’re like me, you probably like listening to a good story. Whenever I’m doing an activity that doesn’t require complete focus on my part, like folding clothes, emptying the dishwasher, or editing pictures, I like to listen to inspiring podcasts.
Podcasts are a great way to learn something new and they’re entertaining too. Here are a few of my favorites:
5. Wear Less Makeup
I haven’t been wearing makeup for the last couple of weeks, and I’m loving it! And my partner loves it too. He actually told me I look more beautiful without makeup. Huge compliment right? I never thought I would feel this comfortable with zero makeup. All I’ve been putting on my face is a bit of aloe vera gel to help keep my skin hydrated on the warmest days.
Hear me out on this one, and forget about dolling up. At least just for this season. Allow your hair to run wild and your skin to breathe.
6. Wear Comfy Clothes
You know what a bad combination is? Sweat and tight synthetic clothing. Try to wear light and natural fabrics, like cotton. One of my absolute favorite pieces for this summer is this Maxi dress by Dressaraz.
It’s been carefully handcrafted and comes in white and black. If you’re after a fresh and comfortable summer dress, this standout piece is the one.
7. Practice Guided Meditation
One way to spoil yourself with more “me” time this summer is through meditation. If you’re new to this, you can even try guided meditation. With guided meditation, all you have to do is close your eyes, listen and let your mind and body fall into a deep relaxation. This practice is proven to boost happiness and health.
My favorite app for this is Insight Timer. It has guided meditations that focus on healing, happiness, self love, and much more. And the best part? You can download it for free! It’s available for both Android and iOS.
8. Exercise Outdoors
Even though I love working out from the comfort of my living room, summer has convinced me to get my butt outside. You can bring your yoga mat to the park or do your favorite HIIT (high-intensity interval training) exercises outdoors.
And if you’re up for going jogging, try to do so either early in the morning, or in the evening when the weather is coolest.
My brother has a simple philosophy that “Life is better with good food.” And I couldn’t agree with this more!
Try eating seasonal fruit such as watermelon, mangoes, pineapples, and berries. If you are spending more time at home, try new recipes. Here are some of my favorite cooking blogs:
10. Drink Water
With the heat being at its maximum, it’s important to drink lots of water to keep yourself cool and hydrated. And if you like a touch of flavor in your water, you can try adding natural ingredients such as strawberries, lemons, or cucumber.
One of my favorite summer drinks is agua de Jamaica (Jamaica water) which is very popular in Mexico. Jamaica water is also known as Hibiscus tea, and it is made as an infusion from the leaves of the of the Roselle flower. It is enjoyed both hot and cold, and it contains a good amount of minerals and vitamin C. In some countries it’s even used as traditional medicine.
To make this delicious drink, just soak some Jamaica leaves in a mason jar, let it sit in the fridge for an hour, and enjoy! If you want to drink it hot, the preparation is the same as regular tea. You can find Jamaica leaves in almost every Latin or Asian supermarket. If you’re in Europe, you can order it online here.
So are you up for trying something new this summer? Then let me know which of these tips was your favorite. Let’s share our experiences in the comments below!
Fijne Zomer! (Enjoy your summer!)
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