Wondering How to Unwind Your Mind This Summer Season? Don’t worry, Mind Unwynd has just the right tips for you!
Summers are here, and along with it the season brings in a host of activities specially dedicated to this season, such as swimming, water parks etc. After all, who doesn’t love a swim in a cool pool on a hot & dry day?
However, managing your stress from work and/or academic life might become a task in this hot weather. Be it having your kids home on summer break, or having some distant relatives drop in for a couple of months, along with piled up office work. For kids, going out of the house seems out of bounds due to the extreme heat outside. The hot weather makes it difficult to even step out of the house during peak hours.
Stress is an emotional response of our body to unwanted and unpleasant stressors in the environment. The inability to cope with stress effectively and efficiently may lead to burn out, which is detrimental for our overall health. Hence managing your stress and knowing what your stressors are becomes of utmost importance in this holiday season.
However, practicing some of these simple yet effective coping practices may help you unwind and take a chill-pill this summer season.
Well this comes as no surprise considering how much liquid we lose in summers through perspiration. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests that an adequate daily fluid intake is about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men, & about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
However, in the summer season, it is completely fine to drink more than this amount.
We all know we need to drink water to restore the lost liquid from our body to replenish its nutrients. However, how does it affect our mental health?
It has been known that dehydration increases stress levels in our bodies, and stress is directly related to poor mental health. Drinking water in turn has a natural calming effect, which can be attributed to it acting against dehydration. Hence drinking water is directly related to being mentally healthy.
2. Extra Activities for Kids
Having your kids join a class in the activity they’re interested in, or setting playdates with other kids of their age, or even sending your small ones to day care which provide special extracurricular activities for the enrichment of kids can be extremely beneficial for the mental health of your kids and their mental, emotional and physical growth, providing holistic development to them.
A vacation is an excellent way to rejuvenate and let go of all the stress and anxiety that has been piling up on you due to your work tasks and other challenging roles.
Vacations allow you and your family to take a break from the daily hustle & bustle of your busy lives and look at the world from a relaxed and calm perspective, often helping you understand yourself and your true desires better. It helps you cope with stress, maintain a healthy mind and rejuvenates you for your daily lives.
Countless studies have proven the immense benefits of meditation and yoga, not only mental but physical as well, which go on to have a positive impact on your academic, social, personal and professional lives.
Meditation helps you manage symptoms of anxiety and stress better, and also improves your cognitive abilities, allowing you to focus better, have an increased attention span, and calms your physiological state along with making your mind calm.
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Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2020, October 14). How much water do you need to stay healthy? Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256#:~:text=About%2015.5%20cups%20(3.7%20liters,fluids%20a%20day%20for%20women