Summer is a wonderful time of the year to make some changes in your life. People are generally happier and more active during the summer and there are always lots of fun things to do. Summer days are long and the weather is warm. This combination makes people want to be more productive and make the most of their days. Making small changes little by little can lead to even bigger and better lifestyle changes. These are some simple positive habits you should consider picking up this summer to start changing your life for the better!
10. Stop Drinking Soda
By cutting daily, or even occasional, sodas out of your life, you are greatly reducing your sugar intake. One can of regular soda can have upwards of eight teaspoons of sugar. Can you imagine sitting and eating eight teaspoons of sugar? Yuck. Kick this sugary drink out of your life and switch to water. If you crave bubbles, try a flavored sparkling water, if you miss the caffeine, drink an unsweetened iced tea. After a few days you will feel so much healthier without all the extra sugar you’re feeding to your body. It may also help you shed some unwanted weight.
Flossing is considered by dentists to be as important or even more important than brushing to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease. Pay your teeth and gums the attention they need by flossing at least once per day to keep your smile looking it’s best.
8. Stop Accumulating “Stuff”
The premise behind this tip is very simple. Every time you acquire a new item for yourself or your home, get rid of a similar sized or similar purpose item. You can do this by donating it or selling it. The best part of selling it is you can make a little extra cash that will offset the cost of the new item! If you have a lot of stuff to get rid of, donate or sell more than one item for every new item. Before long, you will have less clutter and a more organized home which promotes a better sense of well-being.
7. Clean Your Cell Phone
Cell phones are covered in germs and bacteria. Think about where you cell phone has been and how many times per day you’re touching your phone. Pretty gross, right? Use diluted isopropyl alcohol and a soft cloth to clean your phone once per day to help keep your phone from becoming a bacterial hot spot. Plus, nobody wants to be sick over the summer! Keep your cloth and cleaning solution somewhere obvious so that you’ll remember to do it each day.
6. Make the Bed
Making the bed every morning will set the tone for the rest of your day. Small positive accomplishments first thing in the morning can help propel you through your day more productively, not to mention your bed will be nice and neat when you get home in the evening.
5. Get Active
Everyone is working hard to pay their bills and keep afloat, and this can mean lots of time sitting at a desk. It is very important for your health to get up and move around regularly. Take walking breaks when you can, stretch, or do some kind of activity every day. Even housework, yard work, or walking your dog is a step in the right direction. Slowly work your way up to more difficult workouts or longer walks to get healthy and stay healthy. Don’t have a dog to walk, sign up to be a dog walker and get some exercise while making some extra cash.
4. Get Restful Sleep
With constant entertainment and work at our fingertips at all times, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep. Set a time to put your phone away each night, and consider getting some new bedding to make your bedroom feel like your own personal sanctuary. Use blackout curtains if you live somewhere with a lot of ambient light and make your room peaceful and luxe. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to help reset your internal clock.
Your skin is the largest organ on your body and it takes a hit during the summer from potentially harmful UV rays. Add sunscreen to your morning skincare routine to prevent premature aging, the risk of skin cancer, and other sun damage. You can even find a moisturizer/sunscreen combo to keep from adding another step to your morning.
2. Be Social
Spending time with friends can be very important for mental health and well-being. Make easy plans with drama-free friends on a regular basis. Aim for quality, not quantity, with these gatherings and your mood will thank you.
1. Save money
Saving money can be a huge stress-reliever. Check out your monthly bills and see where you can cut costs. Call cable and phone providers and check for any deals they may have. You can also go a step further and have a portion of your paycheck go into a specific savings account so that you don’t have to make the choice to save every month because it is already done for you!
Many of these good habits may seem like common sense, but maybe some are new to you. Use this summer to put these changes into effect and see how you feel at the end of the season. Maybe these simple steps are the building blocks to living your best life!