(NC) With the dark days of winter behind us and temperatures rising, now is the perfect time to change up your daily routine. Fortunately, a few simple actions can make a big impact as you embrace the summer season.
Pursue a new interest. Repetition puts us on autopilot. Pushing yourself to break the patterns of work and home can make you appreciative of the moment. Learning something new stimulates the brain to build connections between neurons, replacing some of those we lose over time. Exploring a new activity not only offers a fresh perspective but can motivate you to set new goals for yourself.
Reach out to a friend. A great way to see your friends in the summer is to meet them at the gym for a partner workout. Encourage a friend to join you for that running program you’ve been interested in. Or instead of meeting up for cocktails after work, why not try yoga in the park? Face-to-face meet-ups can help deter feelings of emotional isolation and positively impact your mental well-being. It’s been proven that socializing is good for your mental health.
Just move it. Whether participating in a team or solo sport, moving your body helps to release chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain and also trigger a positive feeling in the body. So, get your sweat on.
Turn up the heat. Spending time with others outdoors exploring a common interest can ensure you take full advantage of warmer temperatures. Playing a game of soccer or running with friends can stimulate both your mind and energy levels. Spending time outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible, even if you just take a short walk, will significantly help to improve your mood. Always make sure to hydrate, especially in the summertime sun.
Join an online community. Community hubs can be an easy resource to find sports-focused activities and content, plus offers ways to connect with like-minded individuals. Being part of a community helps to nurture a sense of belonging and purpose. Check out one online community doing just that at seewhatshecando.com.