Your physical and mental health are largely connected to one another, so when you properly take care of your body, you are essentially taking care of your mind as well. During the summertime, the heat can take quite a toll on your mind and body. The same is true for your busy schedule. So, to help ensure that your mind and body are well taken care of throughout this hot, busy time of year, here are a few summer health tips to keep in mind.

Get Plenty of Rest

During the summer, your routine is likely to vary more than any other time of the year due to staying up late to attend events and what not. However, it is important that you aim to get at least somewhere between seven and nine hours of quality sleep each night. You should also try to maintain a cool, comfortable room, which will help you sleep better and longer at night. Don't forget to keep the blinds down and curtains closed as well so that the sun doesn't wake you up too early.

Stay Active

The increased heat can make it uncomfortable to exercise, so you will want to do your best to exercise early in the morning or later in the evening when the temperatures are cooler. You could also break up your exercise routine so that you are doing smaller sessions throughout the day.  

Socialize with Your Circle

To keep yourself mentally sane, you will want to make sure that you don't isolate yourself during this time. Take the time to plan something with your friends and family. This does not need to be overly expensive. Instead, it is more about socializing with people around you. If you don't want to get out and be around a lot of people, just get on the phone with a friend or invite someone over for a night in.

Stay Hydrated

It does not take much to get dehydrated during the summer when the temperatures are so high, so you may want to try to drink more than the typically recommended eight glasses of water per day. If you don't like drinking plain water or need something to spice it up since you are going to be drinking so much, consider adding some lime slices, mint leaves, or frozen berries to your glass of water. You can also consume foods that are known for their high-water content, including cucumbers, watermelon, and cantaloupe.

Apply Sunscreen

Regardless of how much time you plan on spending outside, whether for a short walk, running errands, or swimming in the pool, it is imperative that you apply sunscreen. UV radiation can wreak havoc on your skin, so you want to ensure it is protective with at least an SPF 30 sunscreen.

For more tips on how to take care of yourself this summer or to schedule your annual well exam, contact your primary care physician, Medical Associates Of Bedford VA.