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How To Enjoy A Summer Picnic

Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00  by Emily S.

The sunny days, cool evenings and fresh summer air that July offer make it no wonder it has been designated as National Picnic Month. This is the perfect excuse to spend time outdoors with the people and food you enjoy.

It is well known that reconnecting with nature boosts mood and reduces depression, stress and anxiety. Sitting outside, with the cool breeze and warm sun shining on your face can provide the utmost relaxation. Here are a few simple tips to help reap the most benefits from your July picnic:

Physical activity: Picnics can range from a small lunch outside to a day spent in the mountains or at the lake. By adding in a brisk hike, water activities or passing Frisbee, women are able to nourish their body and mind’s health, while having fun with family and friends.

Healthy snacks: Nutritious snacks are a picnic necessity. Fresh vegetables, healthy drinks and succulent fruits are vital to keeping energy levels up and reduce the risk of depression, anxiety and mood swings.

Protect your skin: As with any outdoor activity during the summer, sun block is a picnic necessity. It is also a good idea to protect your skin from bug bites, so be sure to pack your go-to bug spray.

Practice Simplicity: Picnics are supposed to be a fun and enjoyable time, so make sure the preparation is too. Keep it simple with just a few delicious foods that are easy to eat and won’t be too heavy to carry. Avoid triggering anxiety and stress by overloading with non-necessities.

Establishing habits that support a woman’s holistic health is an important part of living a full life while healing from mental health or addiction issues. Picnics are part of a healthy lifestyle and provide social support and nutrition while reconnecting with nature.

Last modified on Friday, 18 July 2014 05:07

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