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Healthy Summertime Living

The time is here! The months most of us look forward to – summer dresses, family vacations and warm nights with loved ones. Summer doesn’t get much better than that! While we tend to be so busy with all the things we have planned for months on end, it’s important that we pay attention to what our bodies need as well. After all, the sun and heat can get the best of you. We compiled a list of necessities for your 2017 Summer adventures.

  1. Sunscreen! – Seriously, lather up with that. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. And while that summer glow is gorgeous, we prefer you to be healthy more. Recommendations are of SPF 30 or higher.
  2. Exfoliate – Dry skin means more dead skin cells! Which means yuck! Use an exfoliator to keep your skin glowing and soft! Some of our favorites come from Lush.
  3. Water, water, water – This should be self explanatory. Water is good for just about everything and allows you to stay hydrated in the hot months. We love the S’well Water Bottles that keep your liquids hot or cold for up to 24 hours with their vacuum sealed tops and adorable styles.  If you aren’t a water fan, try adding fruit or switching to coconut water or green tea.
  4. Coconut Oil – A girls best friend. Coconut oil as many benefits including a natural exfoliator that you can add raw cane sugar to for a great exfoliant. Among that, it works well for a hydrator for hair, skin & nails, an insect repellant as well as a suntan oil! While it only has SPF 4 we recommend using that rarely to make sure you have proper protection.
  5. Exercise – Summer is a great excuse to switch up your gym routine and get outside to work out. The hiking trails around Utah are amazing and a great form of exercise! A lot of great yoga studios offer free weekend sessions all over the city as well as amazing marathons happening consistently.
  6. Healthy Eats – Being by the pool can cause hunger to come up quickly. Instead of stopping at the nearest fast food, make sure you have packed some fun, healthy snacks such as hummus, vegetables, fruits and nuts.

These are just a few ideas we came up with to make your summer the best one yet! Let us know how these worked for you and if we missed anything that you think would be a great addition to this list! Happy Summer & we will see you soon!

Why “Me Time” is so Important in the Life of a Woman

We’ve all been there at some point – where you barely have time to breathe. Whether you are a stay at home mom with kids, or you’re a woman in the workforce, life is busy and it doesn’t slow down for anybody. Sure, it would be nice to just go hide from all the responsibilities that come at you each day. Take that vacation that you mark on your calendar each year but somehow passes you by, or even just get away from the house to have a glass of wine with a pedicure. The difficulty with doing those things being a busy woman, is you won’t relax until you get your check-list completely marked off.

 

According to Statistic Brain, 48% of studies have reported that stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional life and $300 Billion in annual costs to employers in stress related health care and missed work. Even if you have a moment to yourself, it can decrease stress by taking simple steps that will allow you to have a more fulfilling day.

 

Wake Up Early: Waking up a little earlier allows for some quality time to enjoy your own company. I personally have never been a morning person, but since I’ve been getting up earlier; even if it’s only 30 minutes on some days it allows me to take time to myself before I start my day. I usually wake up at sunrise, do a quick meditation or yoga session and make me a healthy breakfast. Not only does it start the day off on a positive note, it allows you to slow down instead of rushing into your day.

 

Journaling: I’ve always been an avid user of a journal, it allows me to declutter my brain. Everything from lists, to what’s on my mind in that exact moment. Dealing with the monkey mind, it can be difficult to shut your brain off for a second. Combining this with a daily meditation, you can reduce stress, clarify your thoughts as well as get to know yourself better!

 

Exercise: This one is even a tough one for myself, I would much rather be eating my feelings than trying to be healthy about them. Let’s be honest though, exercise is the one thing all doctors agree on when it comes to health. The great thing about exercise though is it doesn’t have to be a vigorous work-out. Going on a walk for 20 minutes out of your day can eliminate stress, allows you to have a moment to yourself, or allows you some time with a loved one.

These are just a few things I’ve incorporated in my daily routine to allow me to have some clarity. Being a college student, working almost full time – I have been exposed to so much stress. My quality of life has become increasingly better due to taking “me time”. The great thing about this is, just remembering to do what you enjoy. You’re limitless when you’re happy!