Spring has sprung after a relatively mild winter, and summertime is just around the corner. This means we’ll be spending more time outdoors, and we’ll be gathering for meals with family and friends for events such as the Fourth of July. This is all well and good, but to stay happy and healthy this summer there are a few things we should keep in mind regarding our diet, our work/life balance, and the activities in which we choose to engage over the next few months. Here are three ways we can all stay happy and healthy this summer.
Our first tip involves keeping a healthy diet. Many people spend all winter and spring trying to get a “beach body” but once summer comes they seem to forget about the healthy eating habits they’ve developed – or they simply stop caring. Do you fall into this category? If so, there are multiple ways to keep you on track. After all, being on a diet doesn’t have to be a chore. Many doctors and dietitians work hand in hand with their patients to help them develop a healthy diet that doesn’t sacrifice flavor.
Take Dr. Lane Sebring, for example. Dr. Sebring earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Texas (Austin) and his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston). Dr. Sebring works with his patients to ensure they are able to stay healthy and happy throughout the summer months by maintaining a proper diet. There is no specific diet that is perfect for each patient, so Dr. Sebring has a plethora of healthy dieting tips and tricks that anyone can use
to stay in shape during the summer.
Dr. Sebring has more ideas than we can mention in this article due to the need for brevity, but here is a sampling of ways you can stay healthy and happy this summer:
-Don’t eat anything at least an hour or two before bedtime.
-Utilize a paleo diet, if possible.
-Portion snacks out ahead of time so you aren’t sitting on the beach or on the couch with your hand in an entire bag of chips.
If you’d like to learn some of these tips and tricks for yourself, or to contact Dr. Lane Sebring directly, you can visit his website at www.DrLaneSebring.com for more information and to get started.
The second way you can stay happy and healthy this summer is by balancing your work life with your personal life. This might seem like an insurmountable task to some of us, but it is possible. The first step is to stay motivated at work. Again, this might seem difficult but it helps to break down work-related tasks into smaller, more manageable tasks. You’ll achieve a sense of accomplishment as you check off each of the small tasks, and before you know it you’ll be finished with your work for the day. You might even begin to look forward to work (at least more than you did previously) because each time you finish a certain task your brain will reward you by releasing endorphins that are tied to achievement.
You can also stay motivated at work by keeping your goals in front of you. Are you planning a vacation? Would you like to buy a new car? Are you saving money for your child’s college tuition? Having a clear idea of how you are going to use the money you earn each day will keep you motivated at work. When you leave work, however, try to leave work mentally and emotionally – not just physically. You should work to live instead of living to work. Enjoy each moment you are able to share with family and friends, and take pleasure in the time you have to yourself.
Our third tip for staying happy and healthy this summer involves choosing activities to engage in with friends and family. There is nothing inherently wrong with going to the movies or taking the kids to a pizza buffet, but it’s important to not engage in such activities so often that they become the norm.
The sun provides your body with vitamins that you can’t get anywhere else, but you also have to be careful about getting too much sun. UV ray protection is vital for individuals of all ages, and failing to protect your skin this summer could result in melanoma or other unsightly skin conditions later on in life. The key is to maintain a balance of indoor and outdoor activities that involve physical exercise and don’t expose your body to long-term damage.
By following these three tips you and yours can have a healthy, happy summer in 2017. Remember: it’s okay to splurge every now and then but don’t let unhealthy eating become part of the daily routine. Focus on work when you are at work, but do your best to leave it behind at the end of the day. Finally, make sure everyone for whom you are responsible gets enough sun and exercise this summer, but protect everyone’s skin and keep everyone hydrated.