10 Ideas to Improve Your Overall Wellness This Summer
Enjoy your healthiest and happiest summer yet!
We all want to do our best to keep up our health during our day-to-day lives, but it gets more difficult during those long winter months. Now that spring is here and summer is fast approaching, there’s more opportunity to get outdoors and be more active. This gives us plenty of ways to improve our whole body health, physically and mentally.
At Sheppard Family Dental Care we want all of our patients to have the tools and information they need to stay healthy year-round. Let’s look at some ideas for summer activities to help improve your overall wellness.
Idea #1: Take a break and go outside.
Take a minute during a busy day to remember to just go outside and get some fresh air. Even if you’re stuck at the office, inside your home, or just running around doing errands, finding a few minutes to go outside, enjoy the sunlight and the fresh air can make all the difference in your overall well-being. Studies have shown that even 10 minutes outside can make a difference to your stress levels.
Idea #2: Go for a bike ride.
If you enjoy cycling then a great way to enjoy the wind and the sun while getting in some exercise is to go for a bike ride. Cycling gets your heart rate up while still allowing you to enjoy all the nature that’s around you. Cycling is said to improve your mental health and brain power, which is an added bonus on top of those exercise endorphins.
Idea #3: Start a garden.
If you have the space and the time, then one way to maintain whole body health and exercise your horticulture skills is to start a garden. Gardens give you something to do physically, which helps keep you healthy and active, but also adds color and vibrancy to your life, which can help improve your mood and give you a boost in your day-to-day happiness. Try planting some bright flowers for a visual boost, or look into some warmth-loving vegetables like tomatoes, berries, and peppers.
Idea #4: Pick a de-stressing activity.
Part of keeping healthy is keeping your stress levels in check and giving yourself time to breathe and reset. That’s why picking an activity that actively works to lower your stress is such an important part of whole body health. Starting a yoga class, swimming, even reading a book are all ways that you can de-stress and take time to reconnect before going back to your normal day.
Idea #5: Get your regular checkups.
It’s important, while you’re looking for ways to improve your health, that you don’t neglect regular visits to the doctor and dentist. Oral health is just as important as other parts of your health maintenance. In fact, making sure you keep healthy teeth and gums is an important part of protecting your overall health.
Idea #6: Improve your diet.
We all try to do our best eating healthy foods, but no one is perfect. What better time to start eating better than when you’re already exercising and working on improving your overall health? Just small changes like switching to lean meats or incorporating more servings of fruits and vegetables into your everyday meals can make a huge difference in how you feel every day. Try a new healthy summer recipe making the most of the beautiful summer produce (perhaps even from your own garden!).
Idea #7: Spend time with friends and family.
Your emotional health is also an important part of your overall health. One of the best ways to nurture your emotional health is by taking time to find meaningful things to do with your friends and family. Nurturing the important relationships in your life will leave you feeling happier and more fulfilled, which will, in turn, make all the other parts of your day-to-day grind less stressful.
Idea #8: Expand your mind.
Taking time to try something new and expand your horizons is a great way to improve your overall health. A visit to a museum or a local attraction can be highly beneficial. Finding a new hobby is a good idea as well. Join a pottery class, go to a seminar, learn how to paint—anything that finds you stretching your limits and doing something new.
Idea #9: Go for a hike and enjoy nature.
If you’re feeling up to a little adventure, then a hike is the perfect thing to do this summer and, if you find the right spot, you can witness some amazing sites in nature as well. The best thing about going on a hike is that there are trails for every skill level. Even if it’s your first hike, you can find something to suit you and get plenty of enjoyment and exercise at the same time.
Idea #10 Expand your social circle.
The summer sees more people going out and being active. This makes it the perfect time to join a new group and expand your social circle. Whether it’s just a group of friends from a fitness class, a community group, or just a couple dog lovers you met at the park, meeting new people can open you up to new activities and improve your happiness.
Let Sheppard Family Dental Care look after your oral health.
Now that you have a few new ideas about how to improve your overall health this summer, it’s important not to neglect your oral health as well. Sheppard Family Dental Care in Lawton, OK, can handle all the oral health needs for you and the whole family.
You can call or click any time to set up an appointment, and get started making sure your mouth tongue, teeth, and gums are in the best shape they can be. We look forward to seeing you!