Oh, summer. It’s easy to get carried away with beachside cocktails, BBQ buffets, and go-go-go plans. And don’t get us wrong, we are all about fun in the sun – but with a little balance. We’re serving up six key steps to living well. From cooking fresh meals to a little nighttime relaxation, you’ll be a self-care master in no time.
1. Eat Better
With the rise of food-delivery apps, it’s more tempting than ever to order takeout. We have a solution – and it’s called Home Chef. It’s a meal-kit delivery service that arrives on your doorstep each week with all the fresh ingredients you need, preportioned. Not a chef? Don’t worry. If we can handle these recipes, so can you. You’ll replace that large pepperoni pizza with delicious meals like Thai Crunch Chicken Salad and Sweet Chili Garlic Shrimp in no time.
2. Get Fit
This one is obvious, but moving your body more is essential to a healthy life. A lot of us have an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to fitness, which isn’t the best approach. Start with small changes like getting up 30 minutes earlier and going for a walk. Or try our in-office hack of doing five squats every time you get up from your desk. It’s a killer… and will encourage a few laughs.
3. Relax & Unwind
We’ve all adopted an always-on way of life. As much as we love being busy, it’s important to practice self-care. So take that bubble bath. Pour yourself that glass of red wine. And do it proudly.
4. Clean & Purify
A clean home is a happy home. As strange as it sounds, keeping your space tidy is so beneficial to your outlook and daily motivation. We promise if you wake up to a spick-and-span room, you’ll be more likely to hop out of bed and crush that morning workout or cook yourself breakfast. Why? We’re not totally sure… but it works.
5. Sleep Better
We all know how important it is, yet we never get enough of it. To fall asleep faster, first ensure your bed feels like a literal cloud (we’re talking fresh pillows, a new mattress, the works). If you still have trouble falling asleep, it’s likely stress- or anxiety-induced. Our biggest tip is to not look at the clock. When you’re having trouble sleeping, the clock is a constant reminder of how exhausted you’ll be the next day and only increases your stress.
6. Stay Organized
Remember: Mental health is just as important as your physical health. According to a study from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, women who described their homes as “cluttered” had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. We are more affected by our environment than one would think. So pick up that pile of laundry, invest in some storage pieces, and enjoy life clutter-free.
Written by Kelly Schneider, Staff Writer