How To Stay Healthy This Summer Post-Lockdown
After struggling with the many protective health measures over the last two years — quarantines, testing and vaccination-proof requirements — everyone is eager to return to normalcy. As we enthusiastically approach this new season, our top priority should be keeping a summer-ready mind, body, and soul for a happy and safe season. Read on for our tips on how to stay healthy this summer in a post-lockdown world.
Drinking water throughout the day is extremely important in the summer. Consider adding lemon, mint, or cucumber for some added flavor. You can also drink coconut water, or a smoothie, or snack on water-rich fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, lettuce, carrots, and celery.
2Indulge in Seasonal and Immune-Boosting Foods
Vitamin C-rich foods, such as citric fruits, spinach, broccoli, and bell peppers, support body tissue growth and repair, as well as improve immunity, healthy skin, and digestion. Foods that are an excellent source of lycopene (tomatoes), beta carotene (sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli), omega-3 (fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel), vitamin E (nuts, seeds, oils), and polyphenols (berries, dark chocolates, grapes) protect your skin from the inside out. If we’re not mindful, certain foods may trigger digestion problems and bloating. Ginger, asparagus, green tea, and papaya are a few dietary additions that will help keep such issues at bay. This summer work on reducing your intake of salty, sugary, fried, and processed foods, caffeinated drinks, and alcohol.
3Take Protective Measures
Pack plenty of face masks for the family and change often. Even if you are fully vaccinated, some establishments have maintained their policies on wearing masks. Bringing extras will come in handy, especially for children and those with pre-existing conditions who are at high-risk for illness. Not only can wearing a mask be life-saving, but it can make others feel safer as well. To avoid feeling sweaty during hot, summer months, buy masks made of breathable, lightweight material.
4Preparation Is Crucial
When traveling, thoroughly research your chosen destination’s travel guidelines, requirements, refund policies, and restrictions online. Call ahead to confirm the details of your trip. Protect yourself with a travel insurance plan so common mishaps — lost luggage, flight cancellations, an accident or illness — don’t ruin your trip and burn a hole in your pocket. When traveling with seniors and kids, create a check-off list of essentials (medications, travel documents, COVID-19 vaccination proof, emergency kits, etc.).
5More Driving, Less Flying
With the uptick in flights, hitting the road may be a more worry-free option, sparing you from jam-packed airports. A road trip also means not having to worry about flight delays and cancellations, or limiting your number of suitcases. Should you decide to hit the road, make sure to have a pre-trip inspection of your car.
6Stick to Your Summer Essentials
Sunscreen and sunblock protect the skin but are different in their content and usage. Sunscreen filters the sun's ultraviolet rays, absorbing a certain amount of sunlight, while sunblock serves as a protective wall between the sun's harmful rays and your skin. If you plan on using sunscreen, consider an SPF value of 15 or higher and, when outdoors, remember to reapply approximately every two hours. Other essentials for your handbag or backpack include insect repellent, sanitizers, and refreshing antibacterial wipes.
7Keep Up With Your Self-Care Routine
Self-care comes in many forms. With the summer season back and everyone finding a new sense of freedom, we get so excited that we forget to take breaks. Rest is crucial in keeping up with the summer heat and the thrilling lineup of events this season. Getting good quality sleep of seven to nine hours supports the body's immunity. Although we look forward to being more active in the summer, it’s also important to allow your body to slow down and recharge.