STARTING IN SUMMER: Lifestyle Changes

Hey everyone! Now that we’re into summer, some look at it as a new start (since obviously the New Year’s resolutions didn’t take) or a time to re-evaluate how your year is going. SO, to help you out, here are some lifestyle changes that you can start embracing this summer! This is a guest post from Zara Lewis, from the HighStyleLife.

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Unapologetically strong, decisive, successful, gorgeous, self-absorbed even and definitely uncompromisingly sure of her worth; this girl will conquer the world with her attitude. She has both the knowledge and the bravery to make the changes she’s been needing to make for quite some time.

We know you are this girl. And we love it.

Why embrace changes during summer, you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple.

There’s no time like summer to reorganize, decompress, question and fix all things that were failing throughout the year. Is it the sun, the sea salt, the tanned skin, the warmth on your skin or the endless stream of laughter filling even the emptiest of streets – we’ll never know. But what we do know is that this summer is going to be all about us, as it should.

Here’s what we believe may be the best things to let yourself do this upcoming hot season:

DE-CLUTTER YOUR SPACE AND REDECORATE

Clean and de-cluttered spaces have proven to subliminally bring about a sense of control and instill the feeling of calm. Too much of stuff scattered around is only messing with your brain; the cleaner the space, the cleaner the mind and consequently – a happier life. And that’s what you need, right?

Further, if you’ve got the budget, it wouldn’t harm to redecorate a bit – just to give yourself a sense of the new beginning, one that’s preparing you for a happy life.

DETOX FROM BAD PEOPLE

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This is the perfect time to say goodbye to all the energy vampires around you, wearing you thin. Not sure what we are talking about? You know those people who you have to mentally prepare for? Those same people you feel drained after having a conversation with or the same people you organize coffees with but you never “manage to make it”? Well, those are the people whose energies aren’t compatible with yours, and they are bringing a feeling of restlessness to your blissful mojo. The other kind you should end relationships with are people pretending to be your friends, those who are setting you up or even –who have managed to betray you on plenty an occasion. You don’t really have the reason to keep those relationships alive. Just as you will de-clutter your physical space of trash to let the good energy vibe in, so should you detox your life of bad people so that the good, worthy ones walk right in.

RENOUNCE YOUR BAD HABITS

Sure, the sleep-8-hours rule, exfoliate, exercise and eat organic craze is on the rise and you’re probably riding that green wave from the get go, but are you really feeling it? Probably not.

Unfortunately, just like any other trend, this one may easily pass pretty soon and where will you be then? Back in the line at the nearest McDonalds hoping to get your ice-cream asap? Sleeping no more than three hours because you simply had to stay late at that party?  No way! Forget about all that and embrace health as your lifestyle of choice.

A big part of organizing your life is caring for your health, too – and going on a healthy diet rich in greens, citrus fruits, lean meats, oats, home-cooked meals is step one. Then, go for exercising regularly (sports like boxing, aerobic, Pilates and swimming are perfect), proper cosmetics and organic makeup, a lot of sleep that will help your whole body decompress and recharge, and meditation for the peace of mind.

If you live in the city, the sleep and meditation part may be a bit tricky; the noise, heavy air and pollution are terrible. But, if you invest in a good humidifier to clear the polluted air, add some moisture to it and to prevent dryness – you’ll sleep like a baby, and your meditation sessions will definitely be easier to accomplish (successful medication relies on clean breathing and peace of mind). Don’t forget to stay regular on your fitness sessions, too!

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LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF

All the sass aside and that wonderful glow, you probably have some issues only you know exist. Truth is, all of us are prone to being way more judgmental to ourselves than others and that can be a pretty hefty burden on our shoulders. So, this summer, make it your business to have a few honest talks with yourself, see where you are in life, and what your future expectations are.

A wonderful idea is to make a list of all the things you love about yourself and those you don’t. Write down all of your achievements and goals (both small and big ones), and reflect on your future plans. After you are done, go through each and every one of the articles you’ve listed out, and allow yourself some self-reflection. You’ll soon realize how absolutely wonderful you are and learn to be your own wind of change. Additionally, all things you list out will offer you a perspective on the things you maybe didn’t even know bothered you or motivated you.

Follow the guidance of the amazing Jillian Michaels who advises: Examine your self-destructive behaviors and work on minimizing the negative self-talk. Oftentimes, journaling, positive affirmations, visualization, and other techniques can help improve your self-esteem and move you closer to your goals. … and start living differently.

Do you have any lifestyle changes (or goals) that you want to start up in the summer?

  • Love this! some really great advice <3
    Chloe xx
    http://thechloebarnes.blogspot.co.uk

    • Sam

      Good to hear you liked this 🙂

  • All of these things are so important!! I loved reading this! Lovely post!

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

    • Sam

      Glad you liked this post Amelia!

  • Georgia Owen

    Such a lovely and inspiring post with such important points, I am definitely in need of a thorough de clutter!

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

    • Sam

      Me too; I’m actually planning for a desk de-clutter today 😛

  • I love the idea of decluttering. It’s definitely something that I’d love to do more of this summer. I’m planning on starting with my closet. It seriously seems like I keep throwing stuff out, but more stuff keeps magically appearing, haha. Hopefully I’ll get a handle on it this summer!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • Sam

      Haha same! Earlier this year I donated a TON of stuff and now I feel like even though I barely got anything new, I still have more things to throw out!

  • I am all for de-cluttering. Love all of these tips and inspiration.This summer is already going by swiftly for me.. Happy weekend. x/Madison
    FASHION TALES

    • Sam

      Thanks Madison, glad you liked this!

  • Nadia

    I love starting a new project (especially if it involves some self-work) any time on the year <3 Summer is definitely the perfect time to take a second look at things that need a bit of a change. Since hubby and I moved to a new place last month I had to work extra hard at decluttering the old space. No point in bringing all that junk to the new one, right?
    At the moment I am trying to get rid of a few terrible habits that affect my productivity and how I feel about myself. So far so good. It's not easy though. Taking one day at a time.
    My fave tip has to be to love yourself <3 Enough said!
    Amazing post, lovely!
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

    • Sam

      Thanks, Nadia! And good for you on trying to get rid of bad habits! I’m also trying to work on my productivity by being less distracted and more focused on whatever I’m working on, but it’s definitely a work in progress. Good luck though 🙂

  • I love this post! I have definitely done number one! De-cluttering is the first thing i do once i finish a college year! Feels so good to get everything organised!

    Darriyan xx
    http://www.darriyancateland.blogspot.co.uk

    • Sam

      It’s definitely a good habit to have!

  • Oh my gosh, New Year’s resolutions, what are those again? Haha. Great guest post! I’m definitely in the process of decluttering right now, or at least trying to…

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    • Sam

      Haha yes, I’m very much like, “Oh. I should clean my desk, there’s a lot of trash there… tomorrow. I’ll do it tomorrow. Wait. I took the trash out already. Okay. Then next week.” ;P

  • I used to exercise but it’s been a few months since I stopped, so my goal is to get my treadmill fixed and get back to exercising. It’s a great stress reliever for me! I’m also going to follow the advice about listing your achievements, it sounds like a great tool 🙂

    Velvet Blush

    • Sam

      That’s such a great goal; it reminds me too that I should start a little bit of exercising!

  • Some really valid points here. I used to always exercise everyday and have stopped since I’ve moved countries. So I really want to get back into it this week. This is just what I needed to read.

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

    • Sam

      Happy to hear that, Georgia 🙂 Good luck on getting back into it!

  • These are great tips! I think most of them (especially the decluttering one) should be done year round! It’s easy to have more energy to tackle big projects in the summer though with all the sunshine 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Sam

      True! Then they wouldn’t really be big projects to take on, and instead are a part of normal life. I just have trouble getting to that point hah 😉

  • Great tips! I like the one about detoxing from bad people. I’ve had to do that recently myself, and it was difficult but I felt so much better. I definitely feel like summer is a great time to change and reinvent yourself because thats the time of year when there isn’t the pressure of having to be somewhere all the time, freeing up time for yourself. At least it is for me haha

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

    • Sam

      YES. All throughout high school I would try to mix things up a bit over summer; it’s a good time to experiment too! Especially with my hair adventures, it’d give me time in case something didn’t work out… which was more often the truth than not haha.

  • These are amazing tips and I couldn’t agree more with detoxing ourself from bad people. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to do so when I left Malaysia and I’m way more careful with making friends these days.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Sam

      That’s awesome! I think life kinda did it for me when my friends went to college, but like you, now when I make friends I try to be more careful about it.