Everyone thinks that the best time for reinventing yourself is January, but why not try it out this summer instead? Here are some tips on how to change certain areas and aspects of your life…
Protect Your Skin
During the summer, your number one skin priority should be protecting it from the sun’s rays. We all know that sun damage can cause skin cancer, but it can also cause premature ageing, wrinkles, discolouration, and age spots. There really isn’t any point in spending your hard-earned money on expensive serums and moisturisers if you also go out regularly to tan. If you want a little colour on your skin this summer, go for a great bronzer and a shimmery blusher like Nars Orgasm or Cloud Paint by Glossier that will make you look glowing and healthy. Underneath that makeup, make sure you wear a sunscreen every day that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. Wear a hat to shade your face and your scalp from the sun along with sunglasses with UV protection that will protect your eyes. Make sure that you cover up during the warmest parts of the day – throw a long sleeved linen shirt on over what you’re wearing to cover the tender skin on the back of your neck and your arms.
One of the best ways to help stop any insecurities about your body in their tracks is to get moving and get in shape. Nobody’s saying that you need to focus on losing weight, although it is a good idea to research the risks of high body fat so that you’re entirely informed about your body and what you’re putting into it. Focus on the way that you feel rather than your dress size – if you take up yoga, for example, you’ll start to notice that your core strength is improving, that your balance is better – and you’re a whole lot less likely to fall over when the train stops on your commute to work – and that your whole body is more supple and toned. Swimming is another good way to get in shape – check out your local lido so that you can enjoy the warm summer air while you do it. Walking is also a great way to get in shape, and it’s also entirely inexpensive so if you’re trying to save some pennies it’s a great thing to do. Walk instead of driving short distances, and check out some of the local places of natural beauty in your area so that you can take in the glorious natural world as well as feeling healthy. Just don’t forget that sunscreen!
Make Over Your Wardrobe
Summer is one of the best times of year to make over your wardrobe. You may find items that are out of fashion or that no longer fit when you’re looking for the summer clothes that you have stored, so get rid of them – donate them or sell them online. Life is too short to try to lose weight to fit into items of clothing. You should feel good and confident in every item of clothing that you own, so ditch the ones that don’t make you feel good about yourself and the way that you look. Note down the date, and from now on, turn around the hanger every time you wear an item of clothing. On this date next year, donate all the clothes that you haven’t worn. Meanwhile, take the opportunity to invest in some classic pieces that you’ll be able to wear over and over again in the years to come.
Learn To Meal Plan
One of the best ways to make your bank account a little happier with you is to learn to meal plan. It can be very easy to spend a lot of money on takeout or going out to eat if you don’t think you have anything good to eat at home, so at the beginning of each week, sit down and figure out what you’re going to have for dinner each night so that you can buy the ingredients in advance. This should also help you to stop impulse buying at the grocery store when you aren’t sure what you’re going to be eating. Of course, you shouldn’t stop treating yourself entirely – plan a night to go out and eat so that you can have fun! You could also consider batch cooking when it comes to your lunch, especially if you take your lunch to work or buy it out. This will save you money, and you’ll also be relieved when you don’t have to make a sandwich every morning.
Implement The 30 Day Rule
If you find that you tend to spend a whole lot of money by accident when you see items that you like, it’s time to get the 30 Day Rule in your life. If you see something that you want, wait thirty days. If you still want it then, reconsider buying it – but chances are, you’ll have forgotten about it entirely. Although this may seem like a tough thing to do, it will definitely help you decrease the amount of items in your closet that still have their tags in them, and you won’t miss out on getting the things that are really important to you because you’ll remember to go back for them – and there’s something much more enjoyable about delayed gratification than instant impulse buying.
Quit Your Credit Card
A lot of people don’t quite realise how much they’re spending because they do it on their credit cards. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s time to ditch the cards so that you can spend some time paying with cash only. Once you’ve made your weekly budget, take out the amount of cash from the bank that you are likely to need for the week, and use that instead of your card. You’ll be able to see exactly how much you have left and exactly how much you have spent – it will make your money seem more real to you than running your card through a machine does, meaning that it will be easier for you to quit spending and start saving.
Spend Some Time Alone
This summer it’s time to fall back in love with yourself, so why not find out what it’s like to spend a little time by yourself? At the end of the day, you need to think of yourself as your own best friend: you are the only person who you’ll be with for the entirety of your life, so of course you need to like spending time with yourself! Nobody’s saying that you have to jump on a plane and take off for a solo vacation just yet, but take yourself out for a coffee, enjoy the sunshine, read your book, go to a movie that nobody else you know wants to see, wander around a museum or gallery. The options are endless, and you’ll soon find that actually spending time by yourself isn’t a scary or boring thing at all. There isn’t any need to worry about what other people think of you – spending time alone is a sign of confidence, and being comfortable with yourself is an extremely attractive thing to others.
Learn To Be Assertive
One quality that will serve you well in every area of your life is being assertive. When you’re at work, it’s important to ask for what you want, whether that’s a promotion, a raise, or even a move to a different desk in your office. Even if you don’t get what you want, you’ll be signalling to your boss that you are open to progression and to new opportunities. This can extend to all areas of your life: if you aren’t assertive in your relationship then you might not end up getting what you want. Be clear about your expectations and don’t stand for anything less than you deserve. If you would tell a friend of yours to steer clear of the treatment you’re being given, you need to make sure that you avoid it yourself. Your time is valuable and you shouldn’t waste it.
Take Up A New Hobby
Summer is one of the best times of year to start something new and exciting. People are happy to go out and socialise, which means that it’s a great time to start a book club complete with plenty of wine, that you’ll be happy to go jogging in the evenings before it gets dark, and that you’ll be a lot happier to go out at the weekends. A lot of courses start in September, so take a look at what’s going on near you, and sign up for something that interests you, whether it’s pottery, creative writing, learning to play an instrument, or something a little more left-field like roller derby. You’ll be able to meet new people who are potential new friends, and extend your social circle.
The summer is the perfect time to become your best self – and to figure out who that best self really is.