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Embrace Summertime Wellness with Rejuvism

Seasonal depression typically affects people during the shorter, darker winter months. However, for some, summer can also trigger feelings of gloom, and others live with depression year-round. With the dog days of summer upon us, we wanted to share some ideas for maintaining summertime wellness. These tips can be useful year-round but are especially helpful right now to ensure your summer is anything but a bummer.

Get Out and Soak Up the Sun

We mean it! Get up, get outside, and bask in that glorious sunshine. Studies show that exposure to sunlight boosts serotonin levels, a hormone that helps stabilize mood, focus, and overall happiness. Direct sunlight also helps the body create vitamin D, essential for supporting healthy brain, heart, and lung function, regulating insulin levels, and strengthening the immune system. Make sure to get a healthy dose of sunshine to keep your body and mind in top shape.




Keep Moving

If you already have an exercise routine, keep it up throughout the summer. For those who don’t, consider developing a program to get your heart rate up and keep your mind and body healthy. Whether it’s biking, hiking, walking, swimming, or yoga, physical activity releases endorphins, the “feel-good” neurotransmitters, triggering a positive sensation in the body. Exercise also releases dopamine and norepinephrine, which help maintain alertness and promote well-being. Aim for 20-30 minutes of activity daily that gets your heart rate up.


Get Enough Rest

The longer summer days can disrupt your sleep schedule with bonfires, late-night outings, or extended family gatherings. However, lack of quality rest can leave you feeling tired and irritable. Persistent sleep deprivation can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression, and long-term can cause physical complications like heart disease and diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend at least 7 hours of sleep each night for adults 18-60. Stick to your regular sleep schedule as closely as possible and avoid sleeping in too late on weekends to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm.


Use and Relish Time Off

Many people use time off from work to catch up on household tasks, but it’s crucial to take time to relax and reset as well. Get out of town for a day or two to enjoy a change of scenery. Experiencing a new place can help alleviate work-related stress, especially if you’ve been working from home. If you prefer to stay home, dive into a good book and embark on an imaginary adventure from the comfort of your favorite spot.


Hang Out with Friends

Laughter with friends is some of the best therapy. Good friends lift our spirits, boost confidence, help relieve stress, and increase happiness. A solid support system reduces the risk of depression and may even help you live longer. Spend time this summer with friends who offer support and positivity. Enjoy life surrounded by those who provide quality companionship to feel more relaxed and at peace.


Summer should be a time of fun and sun, but it can also bring social anxiety and depression. These summertime wellness tips can help you get outside, bask in the sunshine, relax, and enjoy yourself. If you find it difficult to keep your mind and body at ease, the experienced professionals at Rejuvism are here to listen. Our collaborative approach to mental wellness sets us apart. Contact us today to learn more.


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Conclusion


Embracing these summertime wellness tips can ensure you make the most of the season while keeping your mental and physical health in check. Whether it’s getting out in the sun, staying active, or spending time with loved ones, each step you take towards wellness is a step towards a happier, healthier you.



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