Staying happy and healthy this summer

Summer health and happiness

Summer is here, and many of you will be looking to make health and lifestyle changes in order to improve their well-being. According to recent research from Brigham Young University, sunshine alone has a huge impact on our mental health and well-being. We may not have as many hours of sunshine as we’d like here in the UK, but summer is the best time to make some positive changes to other areas of your life that affect your health and happiness.

Whether you’re spending summer in Cambridge or elsewhere, there are a number of steps you can take to stay happy and healthy during the most loved season of the year.

Get active

Summer is the ideal time to get out and explore the hobbies and activities that you’ve always wanted to try. There’s no better excuse to get out and about in the sunshine. Plenty of outdoor activities will also enhance vitamin D intake, which has its own benefits, including boosting immunity and improving bone, skin, and muscle health. As well as choosing your sports and activities wisely, exercising with the summer heat in mind is essential.

Stay hydrated

Whilst it’s important to drink water whatever the season, drinking more water during the summer months is vital for keeping your mind and body healthy all year round. The summer weather sees us spend more time than ever outdoors and with the warmer temperatures our bodies lose additional water leaving us dehydrated if levels aren’t restored.

Glass of waterThe body is actually made up of around 60% water, and every drop has its own part to play in maintaining vital body functions. Water helps to energise muscles, keep skin healthy, prevent constipation, and ensure waste products and toxins are excreted from the bodily correctly.

Increasing fluid intake when you’re not used to drinking so much water isn’t easy. Lifehacker suggests hiding water and other sugar free beverages in your daily routine to trick yourself into drinking more:

“Wake up, have a glass of water. Get ready for bed, have a glass of water. Just by doing that you get a head start on the rest of the day. If you’re having a hard time remembering to incorporate it in your routine, find ways to make your water more visible. Put a glass of water on your nightstand so you see it before you go to bed or have a glass waiting by the coffee maker so you remember to have a glass while your joe brews.”

A good supply of water can also be found in fruits and vegetables, so don’t forget to eat your greens!

Rest up

For students enjoying their summer break, striking the right balance between eating, drinking and exercising and getting enough rest is important.

We recently explored why sleep matters (especially for students), don’t be afraid to spend some of that well-earned time off resting up. Falling asleep in hot summer weather can be difficult. Creating the right environment for a good, comfortable night’s sleep will help. Sleep in a well-ventilated, cool and calming space – the optimal temperature for sleep is 18°C. Rigorous exercise, technology, and heavy meals should also be avoided before bed.

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