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Summer Self-Care: Here's How to Make It Happen

By Genevieve Cunningham

Summer is a great time to take care of yourself. You may find that you have a little more time on your hands. There may be more of a carefree atmosphere in the air. And it's a great time to set a precedent for the rest of the year. But what does summer self-care look like? Is it different? If you're anxious to really care for yourself this summer, take a look at these tips that will be helpful now as well as long into your future. 

Hydrate Inside and Out

Summer is hot. And along with the heat, we're also spending a lot more time outdoors -- soaking in the sun, vacationing, and hanging out. If you want to manage good self-care, make sure that you're hydrating. You'll need to hydrate internally by drinking plenty of water. And you'll also need to hydrate externally by moisturizing the skin over and over again throughout the day. Hydration helps keep digestion moving, keeps the skin glowing, and makes us feel healthier overall. Don't skip this important step, and you'll be one step closer to summer self-care and good health. 

Make Sure You Get Plenty of Rest

For some people, the summer is busy, but for others, it's a more laid back, care-free time of year. If you fall into the latter category, make sure you're getting plenty of rest. Adequate rest in the summer can help you recharge your batteries before the busyness of fall. And rest, in general, is good for your overall health -- whether it's physical or mental. Schedule some rest and also take advantage of unexpected moments of rest, and you'll definitely be setting yourself up for better health in the future. 

Strengthen Your Mental Health

Part of self-care is taking care of your mental wellness. If you need to see a professional, start right now. If you need some time off, take it. If you need some healthy habits, work on setting boundaries, start a journal, or spend some time in nature. Practice good mental health habits in order to strengthen your self-care, promote overall better health, and protect yourself as you move forward in life.

Self-care is important at all times of year, and the summertime is no exception. Take steps to boost your own personal wellness. Take some time for you! Use these tips to better your self-care through the summer, and you may be able to keep these habits -- and good health as a whole -- in your life all year long.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Escondido, Calif.

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