Our favorite season is almost here. While, for many people, this time of the year is the perfect chance to take some time off and detach from daily stressful responsibilities, the long, hot, and lazy days of summer can make it hard for some people to stay healthy, especially for those who deal with low blood pressure or seasonal allergies. Still, anyone can take advantage of the summer to start taking care of themselves and their health. Here are some simple, yet highly effective, tips to lead a healthier lifestyle during the warm season.
Improve Quality of Air
One thing that many people tend to overlook or take for granted is the quality of their indoor air. Ensuring that you have the best quality of air in your house should be your number one priority when you are trying to be healthier. This is why it's a must that you air out the house regularly to replace stagnant air with fresh air. Don't forget that you need to clean your house to get rid of dust and other air pollutants that might harm your respiratory system.
Protect Yourself During Allergy Season
The change of seasons already triggers seasonal allergy for some people. But if you noticed that your family starts sneezing out of nowhere once you turn your AC on, then the filters might be the problem. The specialized manufacturers of https://filterbuy.com/resources/can-you-be-allergic-to-air-conditioning/ explain that a filter's lifespan depends on your usage and living conditions. Your filters will work harder if you're living with other people or with your furry buddies than if you were living alone. In the latter case, you will only have to change filters every 6 months or a year. But if you have pets, then your filters should be changed every two months.
Drinking lots of cold fluids is essential, especially during hot weather, however, not all drinks are a substitute for water. It's better to limit your intake of sugary carbonated drinks and focus on drinking plenty of water instead. If you are not a big fan of water for its lack of taste, then you can add some of your favorite fruits. Creating detox water with delicious flavors such as berries that you can sip on all day long will keep you hydrated and stabilize your blood pressure levels.
Summer is the perfect season for getting active. It's your perfect chance to start planning your fitness goals and how to achieve them. Start by fitting a 30-minute walk into your daily schedule every day. You can then move from there to start jogging, swimming, doing yoga, or hiking outside in the sun to give your body it's needed doses of vitamin D. Exercising outside will not only help you get in shape and restore your physical health, but it also aids greatly in relieving stress and improving your mood.
During the summer, one might be more tempted to stay out late and spend many sleepless nights hanging out with friends or enjoying their favorite tv shows. To fight this urge, try to keep a regular schedule where you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This will motivate your brain to start producing normal melatonin doses. When this is achieved, both your mental and physical health will improve drastically. To ensure that your schedule will not be ruined, be sure to cut down on your alcohol intake or at least avoid drinking within at least 3 hours of your bedtime. It's also important to go easy on the naps you have during the day unless you have a nap with the same duration at the same time every day.
Go on Vacation
Since most of our schedules slow down in the summer, it's better to take advantage of this chance. Take some time off from work and any responsibilities, and plan a vacation to escape from boring routines and daily stressors. A vacation will not only give you a chance to unwind and destress, but it will also give your mind some much-needed peace. This will have a positive effect on your mental state, which, in turn, will reflect on your physical health. If you aren't a big fan of traveling, you can still take some time off to spend some quality time with your family at home, or engage in activities that will decrease your stress levels, such as tending your garden or taking up painting.
Drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and following a healthy well-balanced diet are the cornerstones of any healthy lifestyle. And, of course, you can't forget about the quality of the air you breathe. These easy tips will help you improve your emotional, mental, and physical health and enable you to enjoy the summer without any worries.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist