Your Self-Care Guide to Summer 2021

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties! 

Post-pandemic enthusiasm is in the air. And with the world starting to re-open, people are coming out of their nests for drinks at the beach, spikeball in the park, and real dates in lieu of zoom dates.

It can be overwhelming to think of all the activities we missed out on over the past year. But with things moving in the right direction (knock on wood), we wanted to share a few ideas on how to get the most out of your summer. 

Getting back to normal life will be an adjustment for all of us. The majority will quickly forget all the great self-care habits they set for themselves during quarantine. But that doesn’t have to be you! 

Enlist a few of these general tips to keep your body, mind and spirit thriving throughout the adjustment period. Do this and you’ll have the best summer ever, because you’ll look and feel like a million bucks. 

1. Reset Your Brain 

We can all agree that 2020 was a doozy! Left to our own devices (pun intended), we spent 1.6 trillion hours of time on our phones—in the first half of 2020 alone! This number is based on the average user spending around 4.5 hours per day buried in their screens. You could argue that this figure is an underestimation, considering many WFH’ers spend 8+ hours a day on their laptops and also scroll recreationally throughout the day. 

There has never been a better opportunity to try a digital detox—it’s like a hard reset for your brain and the benefits are profound. 

Without constant distractions from your devices, your nervous system will begin to relax. You’ll see improvements in focus, sleep and your social life. Leaving your phone at home will also encourage you to make real connections outside of the digital realm. 

Another way to hack your brain health is to meditate. And no, you don’t have to take a trip to Bali to learn how. Just sit comfortably on a chair or lie down in bed. Begin to slowly scan your body from top to bottom or vice versa, becoming aware of each part. Next, focus loosely on any sounds and the rhythm of your breath. 

If you’re having trouble tuning in, it can be helpful to try an app like Calm or Headspace—this way you can have a soothing voice guide you through the steps. 

2. Set your Soul on Fire

During the pandy, everyone’s mental health took a hit. If you found your motivation waxing and waning throughout, you’re not alone. There is a strong correlation between declined motivation and emotional exhaustion-and boy was that an exhausting year.

More than one-third of Candians(36 per cent) say that they are finding it more difficult to feel motivated to work, while 34 percent say they find it more difficult to concentrate on work compared to before the pandemic

The good news is that there are ways to get your mojo back. One of the most profound ways to do so is by journaling. Just you, a feather quill, and a scroll of paper—maybe even a candle and a bubble bath if you’re feeling extra saucy.

Journaling is undoubtedly one of the most effective forms of therapy, because it involves no one except you, yourself, and your house plants. There’s no feeling quite like releasing your stress and worry onto a piece of paper and then setting it on fire (optional, of course). You’ll instantly feel the weight lift off your shoulders, leaving you feeling like you’re floating on cloud nine.

3. Quick Hacks for a Confidence Boost

Beauty isn’t everything, but it is something. Taking care of yourself is as important on the inside as it is on the outside. Everyone knows that when you look your best, you feel your best. 

Your skin is a reflection of your inner health. Being the largest gland in your body, it absorbs all the toxins the environment throws at it. So if your body is full of toxins—it will likely show up on your face. The first step is to make sure your gut and liver are functioning properly. After that, it’s all about the skincare routines. Jade rollers are a great way to move stagnant lymph and boost circulation. This will allow you to boast a rosier, radiant look with decreased puffiness. Of course this is just one step in a skincare routine. There are many companies that make cleansers, toners, eye creams and serums that rejuvenate your skin and leave you looking younger. 

Another great way to boost confidence is to whiten your teeth. But don’t just pick any teeth whitening kit. Most are made with unnatural ingredients that strip your enamel and leave your teeth more susceptible to surface stains and premature weathering. 

Our favorite company is “SNOW.” They make a product that can dramatically whiten your teeth in as little as 9-minutes per day. It’s never been tested on animals and contains no harmful chemicals. Their system includes a proprietary teeth whitening serum and a LED accelerating mouthpiece that fits snug and highlights your teeth. 

If you’re going to invest in one part of your appearance, invest in your teeth. It’s your smile that people notice first and remember—so make sure it’s white and beaming.

4. Activate your Body

If you’ve been stagnant for a year, it’s time to move! 

Update your summer workout playlist and start gyrating those hips! Zumba and other forms of “dancercise” can be a fun alternative to lifting weights, for those looking to shake things up. 

“The bigger the arm and leg movements, the more intense the workout,” says Fen Tung, a Zumba instructor in Boston. To get the biggest burn, exaggerate your steps, lunges, slides, and kicks to really boost your heart rate.

If dancing isn’t your jam, join some clubs! It seems like there are endless opportunities to connect with locals and break a sweat. 

  • Hiking
  • Rowing
  • Spikeball
  • Pickleball
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming

Whatever you feel called to do, we’re behind you! We’ve all been deprived of activity for the better part of a year and it’s time to get back out there. Hopefully we inspired some ideas for ways to reignite your self-care game and make this your best summer yet. 

And if you’ve always dreamed of having teeth that are snow white, look no further because SNOW has got your back. Easily erase wine and coffee stains with their dentist-formulated teeth whitening solution. It’s been featured in:

  • Elle
  • Ellen
  • Vogue
  • Target
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • The Oprah Magazine

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