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The longer, warmer summer days are often a time that people can recharge. For many families, summer offers a slower pace that lets us focus on self-care. Adding some mindful activities to the summer routine is a great way to improve mental and physical well-being. Here are some of our tips for making the most of your summer.

Eat Healthier

One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the grocery store and farmers’ markets. Instead of focusing on what not to eat, challenge yourself to consume more fresh produce. You can make an activity of it by exploring new farmer’s markets or trying new things you have never eaten before. By making healthy eating an adventure, you are more likely to incorporate it into your daily life.

Recognize Mental Health

Summer is a great time to shake off the stigma surrounding mental health. It is okay to have mental health struggles and to acknowledge them. Sometimes, the stigma surrounding the struggle creates more problems than the mental health issue does.

Embrace the Present

Summer is a great time to get outdoors and get active. You can practice mindfulness through traditional activities like yoga or meditation. Summer also offers the perfect opportunity for mindfulness in other ways, such as hiking in the forest or relaxing in the water.

Get Physical

Keeping healthy in the colder months can be a challenge for people, but summer weather opens up plenty of opportunities. Not in good shape? Start with an evening stroll around the block. Worried about joint damage? Work out in your neighborhood pool. Remember, the goal is to increase movement, not win a gold medal. You are not competing with anyone—even yourself.