If you’re a student like me, you’re probably feeling useless as fuck now that summer is rolling around. It’s definitely a Hot Girl Summer, but a bitch is depressed and feeling purposeless – and bored. Which means that now is the perfect time to start forming some good habits that we can take into the fall with us when that good ol’ seasonal depression kicks in. With the sun out and our schedule looking a bit less hectic (but we’re still #bookedandbusy), we have no excuse to not get shit rolling.
- Take Epsom Salt Baths
Summer is the perfect time for relaxation and recovery. For many of us, the summer is a prequel for the busy fall and winter months, so it’s important that we prepare our bodies for the stress it’ll have to endure 3 months from now. After a long day, soaking in a bath (with some scented oils and tea bags) is the perfect way to unwind! But adding Epsom salts is even better – because it has magnesium! Magnesium is an essential (i.e., needed) mineral, and most of us are deficient in it. *Soak for about 20 minutes and voila!
*Or maybe, we need to eat it if we’re deficient in it? I have no idea, I did not go to med school.
- Get Rid of Sugary Beverages
Look. I know summer is the time for lemonade and mimosas, but there’s so many better alternatives! Especially sugary drinks have been linked to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even an early death (there’s a really cool documentary on Netflix about how sugar is the culprit of how fat we all are). I just got a magic bullet on amazon for like $30 and I get frozen fruit and Capriccio and just go crazy – instead of going into my meetings and classes with coffee, I come in with this liquor-infused antioxidant powerhouse. But now that I’ve actually typed that out, I realize that maybe I am a functioning alcoholic and need help. Maybe fruit infused water is a better bet.
- Start Journaling
Health is more than just the body – it’s the mind, too. We have to take care of our mental health just as much as we do our physical health, especially since they often times go hand in hand. Journaling everyday is a great way to start being more mindful about who you are and what you want. I have a burner account on Twitter – I use my journals to manifest, and I don’t want to manifest the dark feelings I have. So on my burner account (it’s private, don’t go wasting your time and looking) I literally just whine a bitch all day because with 5 followers you can do that. If you like pen and paper though, you can do a simple bullet journal – or get all, “Are you there, God? It’s me, That Bitch.” The greatest thing about journaling is that there is no right way to do it, so there’s no pressure!
- Wear Sunscreen
Okay, so I hate to be mom-like, but wearing sunscreen is so fucking important! I had a really dumb ex who said sunscreen wasn’t important because Black people don’t get skin cancer…we definitely do, and we’re lucky, because we get, like, Super Skin Cancer when we get it. We really should be wearing it all year round (because the sun is never really away) but the summer is a great time to start! Skin cancer can affect everyone of every race (and myths that people with more melanin in their skin are immune are ridiculous). Our skin is our biggest organ, and deserves just as much care and protection as the rest of our body. I mix mine in my daily and nightly moisturizer. They say after SPF 50, it doesn’t work, but I use SPF 100 because who is going to beat my ass?
Every season is an opportunity for growth and positive changes! Our society has a magic bullet fixation, waiting for the next miracle drug to cure us of every ill, but honestly? Good health and wellness only comes from dedication. There are no cheats. But there are easy fixes that allow for us to maintain our bodies and minds! So do all of this stuff and flourish, and if it all backfires just know it isn’t my fault!