If there is one thing that the past year has taught us, it is that we all need to prioritize our health more. A lot of people have suffered due to the impact of Covid-19. It does not matter whether you are young or old, healthy or unhealthy, the virus has impacted people from all walks of life, all over the world. The health-conscious approach that we have developed is something we should continue with. We need to understand different risks to our health and how to manage them. These risks have a tendency to change with the seasons, which is something we will discuss more in this post.
During the summer months, risks can include allergies, dehydration, and sun damage. Adapting your approach to your health is important throughout seasonal changes. With that being said, we are going to take a look at some of the ways you can protect your health this summer:
Be Mindful of Pollen Allergies
Pollen allergies tend to be at their peak during the spring and summer months. Being aware of the common seasonal allergy signs & symptoms can help you to notice any early signs so that you don’t end up feeling really unwell.
There are a number of simple practices you can follow during the summer to reduce your chances of experiencing allergy symptoms. For example, it is a good idea to shower after you have been outdoors or worked outside, washing your eyelashes, eyes, and hair. If possible, you should also try to stay inside when pollen counts are at their peak. Examples include the early evening and during the mid-morning. Also, if it is windy outside and you can avoid going outdoors, it is good to do so.
Some other tips include utilizing HEPA filters for your vacuum and furnace cleaners, with HEPA standing for high-efficiency particulate air. If you follow these steps you can give yourself the best possible chance of staying allergy-free during the summer season.
Drink Plenty of Water
Of course, it is important to drink a good amount of water on a daily basis. However, this is even more critical when the sun is shining and dehydration is more likely. There are a number of different things you can do to make sure you get your water fix. For example, you can set a reminder on your phone to make sure you have a glass of water at regular intervals throughout the day.
Remember, Mental Health is Just as Important
When we think about our health, we tend to think about physical health. We concern ourselves with the things that we can do to reduce the chances of experiencing a certain illness or disease. However, it is important to think about your mental health as well. This is even more so the case during the summer when people are posting lots of photographs on social media about their “amazing lives” and it can make you feel down.
Mental health is something that we are seeing mentioned more and more, and rightly so. People are becoming more open about mental health battles, but there is still a long way to go. If you are struggling with your mental health, there are options available. Consider booking a session with a therapist. It may be scary to make the first move to do this, but you may find that you feel a lot better after a few sessions. Not only will your therapist help you to understand why you are feeling this way, but he or she will make sure that you have all of the coping methods you need to help you through difficult situations that have a negative impact on your mental health.
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, and More Sunscreen
You should wear sunscreen every day, not just during the summer. The reason for this is that the sun is always shining and emitting harmful UV rays, even if your skin doesn’t feel like it. That is why it is important to protect your skin with a layer of sunscreen.
This is even more so the case during the summer months when the sun shines bright and burns are common.
Be Mindful of Your Sugar Intake
We can end up consuming more sugar during the summer months because we crave fruity cocktails and fizzy drinks when the sun is shining. Plus, an ice cream cone or popsicle here and there is nice to cool down, isn’t it? We’re not saying that you should ban yourself from enjoying cocktails and ice cream during the summer. However, do make your selections with care, otherwise, you could find yourself consuming way more sugar than you should be.
Make a Conscious Effort to Lower Your Stress Levels
It is crazy to think about the impact that stress can have on our lives. Stress can cause so many other health-related issues. Plus, it is a dangerous cycle. Once you have one sleepless night because of stress, it can roll onto more and more sleepless nights. This is why we all need to make a dedicated effort to lower our stress levels. What works for you in this instance depends on your personality and the type of things that interest you. For example, some people like to practice meditation and yoga so that they can relax and unwind. There are then people who prefer to get lost in a good book. The options are never-ending.
However, what is the key when it comes to most stress-relieving activities is getting completely lost in the moment and focusing on the one thing you’re doing. Don’t allow your mind to wander. Be present at that moment. If you are not sure where to begin when it comes to this, you may want to think about trying out different breathing techniques. This will help you to slow down and focus on nothing but your breath.
Get Your Bedroom Temperature Right to Encourage a Good Night’s Sleep
The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be ignored. However, a lot of people would agree that this becomes more difficult during the summer months, as rooms can feel stuffy and uncomfortable. Considering that, it is important to make sure you get the temperature right in your bedroom so that you can enjoy a restful and rejuvenating sleep every evening.
The difference that this will make to your overall health is astounding.
In addition to the points that have been discussed thus far, another way that you can benefit your health in 2021 is by eating cleaner. You have no doubt heard the saying that “you are what you eat,” and this is why it is imperative to make sure you consume nutritious and fulfilling food.
You should look for food that is organic and created in a natural way. Or, even better, why not grow your own food so that it can be as fresh as possible? If you are someone who does not really focus on their diet much, you will be surprised by how different you feel once you start eating healthily. It is not just about maintaining a healthy body weight, you will notice that your energy levels increase and you will feel better within yourself too.
Consider Using the Services of a Health Coach (or life coach)
Another suggestion to consider is using the services of a health coach. A health coach will help you to get an understanding of where you are now in terms of your health, as well as helping you to determine your health goals and how you are going to get there. A health coach will work hard to make sure that you are leading your healthiest and happiest life. He or she will also make sure that you are adapting your approach to your health based on the season!
Whether it is making better food choices or ensuring you hit a number of steps per day, your health coach will keep you accountable and you will always have someone to turn to if you have any queries.
Follow Covid-19 Advice
The final piece of advice when it comes to protecting your health is to follow the Covid-19 advice that is in place. These recommendations are put in place for a reason, so it is critical to follow them to protect your own health and the health of others. You may want to carry on practices like washing your hands for 10 seconds and wearing a facemask long after the pandemic. Plus, with lockdown easing over the summer months, it is still important to be careful when meeting others during the summer. If the option to get vaccinated is available to you at this time, definitely get it.
To conclude, there is no denying that the past 12 months have been difficult for a lot of people. One thing that we have all learnt is that we need to start putting our health first. You can do this by using the tips that have been provided above as a good starting point.
Hopefully, this will help you to put the right measures in place so you can live a happier and healthier life.