We often think of summer as a carefree time that's relaxed and fun. But one study has found that women often have high cortisol levels during the summer months compared to winter.
If you’re implementing Hygge in your daily life in the winter, the contentment and happiness it brings can suddenly disappear as summer approaches. But if you’re also maintaining wellness rituals that help you stay mentally and physically well over the summer, it can be a truly idyllic time of year.
Do what works for youWith the warmer weather and longer nights, summer can be a whirlwind of social events, days out and soaking up the sun. This is great if you genuinely want to pack your summer with fun activities but it can be stressful and exhausting if you’re feeling obliged to.
Self-care can take lots of different forms and it's okay to do what's right for you. If you’d rather slow down and enjoy a less frantic summer, think of it as a non-negotiable self-care ritual.
When you do want to take advantage of the long balmy summer nights, the Blooming Blends Be Sexy Tincture from our Summer Nights Collection will give you a natural confidence boost. Just pop half a pipette under your tongue or add it to 100ml of liquid up to three times a day and let the energising combination of rose petals, ashwagandha, Siberian ginseng, alfalfa, damiana leaf and Shatavari root work their magic.
Take your self-care outdoors
So many of us have been experiencing the therapeutic effects of being around nature since the pandemic began and combining this with your favourite self-care activities makes them even more powerful. Plus, it's a great excuse to get some extra vitamin D! Meditation, yoga and journalling work really well for this. It's a great way to disconnect and get back to nature at the same time.
The Liha Queen of Idia African Moss Candle featured in our Summer Nights collection is the perfect self-care companion for relaxing summer days and evenings. The gorgeous combination of geranium, frankincense, hibiscus, and lavender come together to evoke the calming scent of soft African moss.
Summer is the best time to eat strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, blackberries, plums and aubergine. Nothing screams summer like fresh strawberries! Plus, a lot of these foods count towards your fluid intake - definitely much needed in warm weather!
Many of us are at least mildly dehydrated at the best of times, which only gets worse when the weather hots up. Dehydration can make you feel tired and is a common culprit for brain fog, headaches, anxiety, and increased pain. Getting even a little bit dehydrated can make you feel more anxious, which is very natural given that dehydration is a physical stress on the body.
If you're not a big fan of water, try infusing it with fresh fruit and vegetables to make it tastier. Coconut water is another great choice, especially for balancing electrolytes.
Cleansing is crucial
Taking care of your skin is a must in the summer. All that sweat and sun cream can clog your pores and lead to breakouts so a good cleansing routine is crucial. Nourishing your skin is another thing to think about, even in warmer weather. Heat and dehydration can mean your skin can quickly become dry - even more so if you need a fan to keep yourself cool (just like we have very recently!). For those of you who received our Glow Collection, the Kri Unveil Oil to Milk Cleanserl is perfect for summer cleansing.
Staying cool in the summer
We all look forward to warm summer days but sometimes the heat can get too much. If you melted in the heatwave recently, these tips are for you!
Stay out of the sun in the hottest part of the day where you can. If you want to get your vitamin D, do this earlier in the morning or in the evenings.
Wear light cotton or linen clothing
Have plenty of cold foods to hand - frozen fruits, ice cream, frozen yoghurt and ice lollies are perfect!
Put a cold, damp towel on the back of your neck.
Keep your skincare products in the fridge or freezer for a cool boost when you apply them.
Create wellness rituals for summer and beyond
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