With summer hitting hot, maintaining your carefree mentality can be a bit challenging. While there isn’t one secret ingredient you can add to your life to live stress free, there is a lot of research that shows us how to relieve stress and live happier. A combination of these practices are sure to calm your nerves and increase your summertime smiles.
Exercise, like running, biking, or taking an evening walk with a friend, helps to relieve stress by releasing endorphins, or “happy hormones” that help boost our mood. Don’t forget, all that sunshine helps give you vitamin D, which is known to support a healthy mood.
A lack of sleep can trigger several health issues affecting your mental health, like memory, judgement, and mood—something you definitely want boosted when you’re spending time with your in-laws. Try blocking out time before bed to put away screens and their enticing blue light or establish a wind-down routing to help calm your mind in preparation to rest.
Be a Social Butterfly
Studies show that connecting with others can help reduce stress and depression. Although it can be difficult to stay in-touch with friends and family, simply reaching out to loved ones via text can still stimulate that human connection.
Now’s the time to enjoy the warmth the weather brings and the memories of summertime. So, take some time to relax and make the most of your summer days.