This is a guest post by Kacey Mya Bradley.
Summer can be a great time of the year. With beautiful weather and more free time you’d think that summer is non-stop fun, but planning for summer activities like vacations and hosting parties can create a lot of stress. A positive mindset makes all the difference in how well we handle our problems, with a few tips you can work towards maintaining the right mindset to keep you happy and healthy all summer. Check out the list below for some ways you can hold onto your sanity this summer.
Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts
A healthy mindset requires positive thinking, training your brain to think more positively will help you work through any stress that comes your way. Replacing negative thoughts starts by actively telling yourself something positive instead. Through repetition you make this an automatic behavior that will help you cope with everyday problems and have an overall better view of life. When you make a mistake instead of telling yourself “I always mess everything up, all I ever do is make mistakes” say “I make mistakes sometimes but I’m working on that. I’m doing my best to avoid mistakes in the future”. Using neutral or positive language towards yourself and others will make you more likely to think positively and rationally when problems arise.
When things are going wrong it’s easy for it to feel a lot worse than it actually is. You have to remember that whatever it is it’s probably not the end of the world. You left your glasses at home or your new bathing suit is the wrong size, big deal. Take a few moments to breathe deeply and examine the problem. Chances are your problem is not as catastrophic as you originally thought. Being able to manage your stress and understand how to deal with it can be groundbreaking. Learning to manage your panic will go a long way towards keeping a positive mindset.
Eating well makes a pretty big difference in how we feel. Filling up on refined sugar and fats doesn’t offer much nutrition and chances are that afterwards you’re going to feel sluggish. Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated will reduce stress hormones in your system and make you better prepared to deal with stress that comes your way. Even mild dehydration has been shown to increase cortisol, so making sure you have water available at all times will help you manage stress levels.
Not only will this help you work towards any ‘summer body’ goals you have but exercise has been shown again and again to be an efficient stress reliever. You’ll sleep better, you’ll feel better and your clothes may even fit better. Of course this isn’t saying you should go out and become a bodybuilder, but getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day goes a long way towards an overall healthier you. Exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make you happier and being happier makes it easier to deal with all the little things life can throw at you.
Get Enough Sleep
If you’ve ever had a bad night’s sleep and spent the whole day groggy and grumpy you already know how important being rested is. Research shows it’s deeper than just being in a bad mood, not getting enough quality sleep can put you at increased risk for heart disease and other health problems. If you find that you have trouble falling or staying asleep there’s a few tricks that may make the process easier for you.
- Turn off screens such as tvs and phones an hour before bedtime. The lights from these screens can disrupt the signals that tell your body it’s time to start preparing for sleep.
- Sleeping in a dark room will help your body produce melatonin as it should. You can also try melatonin supplements to ease your body into sleep naturally.
Get an App
In the age of constant growing technology almost everyone is connected. You have a phone, a laptop or a tablet handy pretty much at all times. If organization isn’t your strong suit and you’re dreading all the planning that summer can require an app might be just what you need. A personal assistant you can carry in your pocket will take a lot of the stress out of taking on your everyday schedule. If you’re not a tech oriented person you can try a traditional calendar or using visual reminders such as sticky notes.
Keep a Journal
Putting your thoughts down can help you keep track of your everyday activities and writing can be cathartic. A journal may also help you notice patterns in your emotions or behaviors, you may start to notice what kinds of things trigger stress or anxiety and that can give you a leg up on managing your emotions. The summer might be a trying time but with a few tips you can make the most of the summer months and enjoy yourself. Keeping a positive mindset will give you an edge when it comes to managing the stress that can come with the season.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.
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