Monday Motivation: Summer Health
This article was originally published on June 22, 2020 at https://gritdaily.com/monday-motivation-summer-health/
Monday motivation, we need it more than ever! Summer is here and it’s time for change. We see you, struggling to get your day started and in need of a pick-me-up to launch your week on the right foot. Studies show that your morning mood affects your productivity all day.
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Can you feel it? There’s something different in the air and you can feel the change every year, right around now. Longer days and irresistible sunbeams combine to create an unstoppable urge to go outside. Monday motivation understands how badly you want to get out there. We’ve all been in lockdown and confined to live within four walls for too long.
It’s time. But we need to be careful. Social distancing, wearing a mask and good hand hygiene can help keep you and others safe and healthy. The pandemic isn’t over. At least not yet.
Monday motivation reminds you to relax, take your PTO and enjoy the work slow-down that is typical for the summer months. This is a time to recharge. Think about unplugging one day per week and simply embracing all that this joyous season has to offer. Exposure to sunshine boosts Vitamin D levels naturally which can help modulate sleep patterns and overall health. Of course, too much of a good thing isn’t a good idea – be sure to wear sunscreen of 45+ and reapply often.
Monday motivation tips to have a healthy summer
The sunbeams are luring you outside. Resistance is futile! Get out there and enjoy your summer. Although this summer may not be the season you’ve grown accustomed to given that twist that COVID-19 has put on everything, it is the season that was designed for outdoor play.
#1 – stay cool, especially in extreme heat
Monitor the weather, specifically the heat index. High humidity and high temperatures in combination can wreak havoc on personal health. A cold compress around the back of your neck can keep you cool. Wearing a hat will help reduce your risk of sun stroke.
#2 – avoid heat peaks
If you love walking the beach, the boardwalk or around your neighborhood, this is the perfect season to strive to get exercise in daily. But avoid the heat peaks around mid-day. Consider going earlier in the morning or early evening so that you can still enjoy the sunshine but with reduced exposure.
#3 – hydration is key
Yes, those sugary sodas and juice drinks are sooooo tempting, especially if they are combined with alcohol, but they can dehydrate you. Drinking caffeine-free bubbly waters and water can keep you going throughout the day. If you are drinking (rosé all day, anyone?) then don’t swim and be sure to alternate your drinks: one alcoholic beverage then one glass of ice water.
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Have a fabulous week!