It’s easy to get intimidated by the thought of living a healthier life. We tend to think of things like working out, diets, doctors, and discipline. While all of these things are important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, don’t let the thought of having to change up your schedule or your eating habits scare you. This summer I’ve found a few things that I’ve grown to love and that have kept me healthier and happier than ever—meditation and hydration.
The key is to become mindful in all we do. Whether it’s one of those long days that we all dread, or the relaxing days we wish we had every day, taking the time to sit and reflect in your sports bra and striped leggings will always prove to be worth it. Becoming conscious of one’s own mind, thoughts, and feelings, helps us achieve inner peace and understanding.
For me, what is so perfect about this activity is its flexibility. I love to take my blanket to my favorite nature spots, but sometimes I also just like to sit in my room. I like to sit with my legs crossed like a pretzel, but you can sit any way you’d like. That’s the beauty of it; no matter what your idea of meditation looks like, the benefits will follow.
What will also follow, or often times come before, is yoga. Yoga is perfect for those wanting to improve both their physical and mental health. Although it seems like a laid-back exercise, it actually has quite the list of accomplishments.
Yoga works on balance, flexibility, mindfulness, patience, concentration, and basically all muscles.
When thinking about ways to become healthier, diet definitely comes to mind. To most, a diet means having to give up your most favorite foods, late night munchies, and movie snacks, but it is so much more than that; people tend to forget that what we drink is half of the equation. Something as simple as throwing fruit into your water can make such a difference, which brings me to favorite tip for staying hydrated. Adding fruit to your water takes just two extra minutes in the morning but gives your water a refreshing taste and cute look. So simple yet, for me, so helpful in staying hydrated.
My other favorite way to keep hydrated… one of my all-time favorite foods: a home-made smoothie. (Tip: add ice!) It’s such a perfect way to incorporate some creating in the kitchen into your day while fueling your body with healthy and natural foods. One of my favorites is below.
Very Berry Morning Smoothie
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup strawberry yogurt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups fresh or frozen berries (your choice)
The key is being mindful of ourselves and our surroundings, what we put into our bodies, and how we spend our time.
How do you like to stay hydrated in the summertime? Let us know in the comments!