see ya, summer... so now what?
We’ve all heard the golden rules for maintaining our wellbeing since we were young, ingrained in our heads to help us lead a healthy life: Brush your teeth. Eat your veggies. An apple a day… you know the rest.
But as the seasons change and the cooler weather starts nipping at our heels, some extra nurturing for the mind, body and soul goes a long way for staying balanced and bright as we bid summer farewell.
Naturally, we know life gets busy and daily responsibilities stack up, but it's worth remembering a few bits of wellness wisdom that can take your health from good to great this fall!
Beyond the obvious ones, try these 7 easy life hacks you can incorporate into your daily routine in the coming weeks to feel better than ever…
7. Squeeze Some Lemon in your Water
Not only does it make it more tasty, encouraging you to drink more good old H2O (we are mostly made of the stuff, after all), but there are additional benefits to this easy life hack.
Aside from a high concentration of immune-boosting Vitamin C, lemons also contain nutritious antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals that cause disease and cell damage. Evidence claims that adding some lemon to your daily diet helps to aid digestion, detox the body, and promote weight loss by boosting energy levels and metabolism and suppressing your appetite.
Squeezing half a lemon into an 8oz glass of water, or a full lemon in your Greens Steel Water Bottle should do the trick!
6. get excited about Delicious fall comfort food!
In the season of pumpkin-spice-everything, it can be easy to overindulge on rich foods - but fall brings plenty of new seasonal produce and recipes to excite your palate beyond the sugary snacks and drinks.
Now’s the perfect time to give your summer salads a rest and try out a new recipe highlighting cozy fall produce like roasted root vegetables, exotic mushrooms, the crispest apples and plump, juicy raspberries at their height of flavor.
5. Reconnect Over fun Family Dinners
Did you know that quality family time can actually be good for your health?
Summertime saw many of us pulled in different directions, with action-packed schedules that took us away from the family table. But over 30 years of research has proven that cooking and eating together with loved ones not only helps us handle stress better and boost our self-esteem, but also encourages healthier eating habits and more nutritious meals that contain the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Who knew?
Boost the physical and mental health of your whole family this fall by sharing plenty of great conversations over healthy home-cooked meals to nourish everyone’s mind, body and soul!
4. don't quit your Sunscreen routine
You might think your sunscreen-slathering days are over when the leaves and temperatures fall, but the sun is very much still out and about. Just because you don’t necessarily feel the heat doesn’t mean you’re not still exposed to potentially harmful UV rays from the sun.
Play it safe and incorporate an SPF into your skin care routine (particularly on your face) all year round and have zero regrets later in life when it comes to your skin.
3. Choose Your Drinkware Wisely
That plastic water bottle might seem like it has a few more uses left in it before it’s destined for the recycling bin, but there’s a reason why it’s called ‘single use plastic’. Did you know there's all sorts of chemicals and nasties that have the potential to end up contaminating your drinks if you don’t dispose of them after the first use?
Instead, get yourself a high quality reusable water bottle or tumbler that won’t put your health in harm’s way. Stainless steel is the best material as it’s the most safe, durable, eco-friendly and easy to clean, and you simply can't go wrong with Greens Steel.
2. yep, Actually Floss
Ughhh. We know, you’ve heard this one enough times from your dentist. But we bet there’s a good chance that the little floss dispenser shoved to the back of your toiletries cabinet hasn’t seen the light of day in a long time! It can be a major pain in the butt, but flossing really is a crucial part of your dental hygiene routine, and new seasons are the perfect time for getting into a new habit (or picking back up with one you’ve been neglecting!)
Make it easier on yourself and invest in a fancy electric or water flosser. Even those disposable floss picks work wonders compared to the old-school manual roll of floss string, and they’re perfect for traveling.
1. And… Plan Something Fun!
Don’t forget, your wellbeing also extends to your mental health and outlook on life! If you’re already missing the adventures that go hand-in-hand with long summer days, it’s time to remember that the fun doesn’t have to stop when the mercury drops.
Keep your mood upbeat as the weather cools by scheduling time for enjoyable activities you can look forward to, and keep the blues at bay!
With these handy self-care tips that celebrate everything fall has to offer, you’ll keep a spring in your step and color in your cheeks all season long!
Maggie Johnson | Greens Steel Lifestyle Contributor
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