In the summer you want to relax, enjoy the sun's rays, or even completely return to a carefree childhood. Limiting ourselves, trying to rebuild the regime or "prepare the body for the beach" is not our option. Let's see what good habits you can painlessly integrate into your regular routine or use to make the summer productive and leave pleasant memories.
Take a walk
After a long season of serial evenings, a walk before bedtime may seem like something unusual, but long daylight hours are most conducive to going outside and walking. Alone, with a partner or friends, with or without headphones, with specific tasks like “reaching the new supermarket and see what is there,” or aimlessly, getting lost in the alleys - the choice is yours. An hour and a half on foot - and cardioactivity will fully comply with the WHO recommendations, and sleep will become stronger.
Rest your eyes
You can set a time limit on social networking applications on your phone - or just turn off data transfer while walking, so that you won't be able to constantly update your Facebook feed. For those who work at the computer, it is better not to take gadgets with you during lunchtime - chat with colleagues in the dining room, admire the sun-drenched city from the window, or again take a walk.
Do not forget about sunglasses: unlike skin, you cannot apply SPF to your eyes, and they are also at risk - bright sunlight can lead to conditions such as inflammation of the cornea, conjunctival burns, dry eye syndrome and even melanoma of the eye. Glasses do not have to be expensive, but they must be certified to protect properly.
Take lunch from home
One of the points of the revolutionary Canadian nutritional guide is the recommendation to cook more often yourself. It makes sense: this way you can enrich your diet with vegetables, legumes and cereals, by reducing the amount of processed foods (which means - salt, sugar and trans fats). If you're in the habit of dining out in cafes, making a big change can be painful, so try starting with at least one or two homemade meals a week. To simplify logistics, it is worth stocking up on a few beautiful lunch boxes, and simple recipes can be found, for example, in our selection.
If you want creativity, but you lack inspiration or skills, you can sign up for studies - for example, for a course in drawing or art writing. Creativity helps to temporarily disconnect from the routine, distract from problems and change focus. The main thing is not to be too hard on yourself, because the task is to have fun, not to conquer the top.
Disassemble the cabinets
Surely you have accumulated a lot of unnecessary things, and it's not just about clothes. Parsing will not interfere with any drawer or closet - most likely, you will find photocopies of expired documents, chargers from long-broken gadgets and unnecessary boxes that were kept in case the purchase was returned.
Perfume that you don't wear or jewelry can be given out to your friends - just like that, or you can arrange a swap for this. Clothes, unnecessary towels or blankets can be donated to charity - for example, to the Civic Assistance Committee, which helps migrants and refugees, or to the Kind Things social project, which supports children and adults with disabilities.
Grow greenery on a windowsill
If you like plants, but are afraid that nothing will work out, it is worth giving it a try now. The summer season is almost a guarantee that the plant will not die, because it will have enough heat and light (just do not forget about watering). The “not just for beauty” option is a herb that can be added to salads and pastas by plucking the leaves directly from the potted plant.Mint, basil, rosemary, laurel, thyme can be bought already germinated, including online with home delivery. Usually plants are sold in pots for transportation and after purchase they need to be transferred to a larger container along with a lump of earth (and if the pot is biodegradable, then right with it).
Fall in love with mineral water
With frequent summer outdoor parties, it's easy to forget about moderation with alcohol - especially when others order ice cold beers, sangria, or white wine. We offer you to find a non-alcoholic drink that you can drink without restrictions, which at the same time tastes good and looks great in a misted glass.
Our choice is sparkling mineral water with ice and a slice of lemon; thanks to gas bubbles, the smell of zest becomes noticeable in just a few seconds. If you don't want to give up alcohol altogether, you should at least alternate it with water - this will prevent dehydration and help stretch the glass for a longer time (and therefore drink less).
Optimize the amount of meat in your diet
Those who love meat and are not going to give it up should still bring its amount in the diet in accordance with the recommendations. Now the WHO calls red meat a potentially carcinogenic product for humans, and meat products (such as sausages and sausages) - carcinogenic for humans. They have been linked to the development of colorectal cancer and possibly stomach cancer.
At the same time, there is no data confirming that meat should be completely abandoned - while we are talking about the fact that it is worth eating no more than 70 grams of red meat per day (this is almost a pound a week, that is, two or three burgers). If it's easier to change habits when there is a system in place, you can try giving up meat on certain days - for example, on Monday, by joining the Meatless Monday movement.
Think over the weekend
The problem with summer is that it flies by quickly and there is a risk at the end of August to discover that you have not had time to do anything - and you wanted to go rollerblading, go to all exhibitions, walk along the boulevards and meet those whom you have not seen for a long time. The solution is planning. Study the poster of events, write off or call your friends, add plans to the smartphone calendar and follow them. On Saturday, for example, you can have time to have breakfast and walk with friends, go to the movies and have dinner with your parents, and devote Sunday to a long sleep, sports and a trip to the park.
Redefine your skin care
In the heat, it is worth changing the creamy textures to lighter ones, and sunscreen may well serve as the main moisturizer. It is not necessary to give up active cosmetics - retinol and acids - in the summer, but they increase the sensitivity of the skin to the sun's rays, so it is important to be especially strict about sun protection. Put sprays, powders and sticks with SPF in pockets and bags - they will come in handy.
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