In the warmer, longer, lazier days of summer, the living may not be easy, but your life probably feels less chaotic. That's why this is a perfect time to improve your health in a fashion so seasonally laid back you'll barely notice the effort.
If you do one thing this summer to improve your diet, have a cup of mixed fresh berries -- blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries -- every day. They'll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses. Blueberries and blackberries are especially antioxidant-rich.
To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if space is really limited, plant a few flower pots -- indoors or out.Just putting your hands in soil is "grounding." And when life feels like you're moving so fast your feet are barely touching the stuff, being mentally grounded can help relieve physical and mental stress.
Put a small bouquet of fresh flowers in your bathroom. Little natural touches in unexpected places will keep you in a feel-great frame of mind.
Download a summer playlist so you can really enjoy the season with upbeat tunes to help cheer you up.
Improve your heart health: take advantage of summer's slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind. Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.