From sweaty commutes and catching up with work after a bank holiday weekend, to keeping the kids entertained or planning that perfect holiday, there’s plenty that can get you hot under the collar over the summer. Writing for LV= life insurance
, Sarah Graham (@SarahGraham7
) shares some relaxation techniques that can help you reduce stress and enjoy the sunshine.
1. Get active
There's plenty of evidence
that exercise has a really powerful mood-boosting effect, and summer's a great time to get active outdoors with minimal fuss required.
‘Exercise doesn't need to be anything fancy,’ says chartered psychologist and health coach Suzy Reading
). ‘Walking, cycling and swimming are perfect ways to enjoy being outdoors in the summer.’
Indeed, research shows that swimming outdoors in cold water regularly can have a whole host of benefits
– what better excuse for a summer dip in the sea off the British coastline? If you’re feeling brave enough, that is!
2. Start the day right
, a clinical psychologist, columnist for The Telegraph, and author of The Key To Calm (@LindaBlairPsych
), recommends waking up to natural light as much as possible, and kicking off each day by focusing on slow, mindful breathing. During the summer, early morning exercise can be a great way to achieve this.
‘Either do some yoga near a window if it's raining, or take a 20-minute walk, to set your stress thermostat to low for the day,’ she recommends.