Although the sun is shining and the weather is great, some of us could still be feeling a little of the winter blues. If you’re lethargic, tired and a bit unmotivated, it could be time to make a few changes to your day-to-day life and get ready to start feeling more energised for the summer.
Here are our top tips for renewing and revitalising yourself for the season:
1. Sleep well
It might seem like the simplest thing, but making sure you get your full eight hours of sleep each night is the best way to help your body recover and repair. If you find it hard to drift off before the clock strikes midnight, start the evening with a long soak in a bath with a few drops of lavender oil, as it will help calm and de-stress your mind before getting in bed. Sleep experts say switching off all electronics, including your mobile phone, before going to bed is essential in getting a good night’s sleep. Trying to stick to a routine by getting up and going to bed at the same time every day – yes, even the weekends – as this can really help your energy levels too.
2. Eat up
Your diet is probably the biggest trigger for lethargy and exhaustion. Taking note of what you eat every day will help uncover the food and drink that could be hindering your wellbeing and dieting efforts if you’re slimming down for summer holidays. Ensure you have your five portions of fruit and veg each day, and try to replace those cheeky, sugar-rich 3pm snacks with raisins, grapes or a handful of nuts. Herbs are also a great way to boost your inner health. Parsley for example increases your blood circulation to the skin and helps to clear your complexion. Similarly, try to include garlic in your diet if you want to boost your immune system.
3. Drink more
Thirst if often mistaken for hunger so before you reach for your snack, try drinking a big glass of water. If your body is dehydrated, you’ll start to feel tired very quickly and sometimes get a throbbing headache. Focusing on tasks at work is near impossible when your body doesn’t have the fuel it needs to perform. Remember your body need at least 2 litres of water to function properly each day, and even more during the summer months when the weather is scorching.
4. Breathe in
Deep breathing exercises have been around for centuries to help calm, de-stress and revitalise the body. Why not try out a beginners yoga class? Here the instructor will talk you through the various yoga positions and also the breathing techniques that will help deliver that much needed oxygen to your bloodstream. Studies have found that oxygen therapy can also help people boost their energy levels – it simply involves taking a couple of breaths from a can of oxygen-enriched air. You can read up on the benefits of oxygen therapy here.
5. Work out
Motivating yourself to go to the gym when the weather is good is no easy feat. But how about trying a new outdoor sport for summer? Take inspiration from Wimbledon and head down to your local tennis courts for a game or find an outdoor swimming pool for a dip when the weather gets hot. Even a long walk with the dog could help re-energise your body and help burn some calories if you’re looking to slim down before you hit the beach.