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3 Ways to Prepare for Summer

Updated: Mar 20, 2019


My family and I on top of Clingman's Dome.

Last summer, we went to Tennessee for my cousin’s beautiful wedding! While we were there, we decided to take a hike up to Clingman’s Dome. It is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reaching 6,643 feet. I am so glad that we all got to experience something so beautiful together. The trek up the mountain was a bit steep, but it was totally worth it to see the view at the top!

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for the warm, summer weather to finally be here so my family and I can do all the fun outdoor activities again!

My mom and I after the hike back down Clingman's Dome.

It will officially be spring this week and I am super stoked about it! Spring is my second favorite time of the year because there is a sense of newness and freshness in the air. The grass is turning green, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining brightly. It’s time for new growth not only in nature and in the world around me, but also in my own life.


Spring is a very busy time for my family. We have to start preparing our big vegetable garden, plant my herb and greens garden, clean the yard up, make some improvements to our chicken coop, do some turkey hunting and crappie fishing, and as always the dreaded spring cleaning of the house. Haha!


A lot of people spend time preparing for spring by cleaning out their house and yard, but I think that this year we should all focus on preparing for summer in relation to our health as well! Here are 3 ways that we can all participate in a “spring cleaning” of our health habits!


1. Clean Out Your Mind

Are you tired of your mind being filled with “clutter”? I know I am! It’s a constant battle to clear my mind of the self-defeating thoughts that pop into my head. I have gotten better about it over the years, but this is something that I still struggle with daily. I get tired of telling myself that I’m not pretty enough, smart enough, or “whatever” enough. I’m sure you struggle with your own self-defeating thoughts as well. There is one thing I would suggest trying in order to help clean out this “noise." It is something that I aim to do every day. It is called practicing gratitude.

You can do this either by writing down things that you are grateful for or just reviewing them over in your head. I truly believe that this exercise has been an essential key in helping me to overcome my self-defeating thoughts. It shifts my mindset to a more positive outlook and I am better able to kick those negative thoughts to the curb when they try to come crashing into my mind. So, if this is something that you struggle with a lot, maybe it’s time to consider practicing daily gratitude! I would suggest trying to do it in the morning that way you set the tone for the day.


2. Get Moving Again

A lot of us, myself included, can get stuck in a rut during the dreary, winter months. I hate the cold and I especially hate being outside in it, which makes being active less appealing for me. I’ve been stuck inside working out when I would rather be outside in the sunshine running, gardening, or doing some kind of outdoor activity. Well, now that the sun is up longer and the weather is going to start warming up, it is time to come out from my hibernation and get moving again! Have you ever noticed how different you feel after you have been active during the day, as compared to just laying around all day? I do! If I am lazy, it leaves me feeling depressed, drained, and my body aches. However, if I get moving and especially if I get moving outside, I am left feeling energized, happy, and my body may end up being sore, but it gives me a sense of feeling accomplished. I would much rather have my body feel sore and feel accomplished rather than feel achy and depressed. Wouldn’t you??


3. Cleanse the Diet

Now, I’m not talking about going on some keto diet or never eating a burger and fries again. I’m talking about cleaning up your eating habits. You can do this without starving yourself and without depriving yourself of the foods you love. It is about balance and controlling your portions. Maybe you are eating 5 cookies after every meal or maybe you are only eating two meals a day and starving your body of the nutrients it needs. Whatever unhealthy eating habits you may have, now is the time to really focus in on cleaning those up. I know that eating healthy can be a hard habit to change. I still struggle with it on occasion. I mean, you guys I FREAKING LOVE FOOD! I am part Italian (only ¼, but I like to act like I’m more haha!) and food is a big deal in my family. We LOVE to eat! So, sometimes it is hard for me to remember not to over-consume food. One way I have worked on correcting myself in this area is to really focus on eating mindfully. Eating mindfully helps me to not only focus on how much I’m eating, but it also helps to shift my focus on eating to nourish my body, rather than restricting myself of certain foods.

Well, there you have it! I hope this leaves you feeling a little inspired to get your mind right, your body moving, and your eating habits under control in order to prepare you for a super fun and active summer with your family!

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Alicia Williamson RN, BSN, MSNW, CHC

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Kylie Glastetter BA, MS, EP-C, CHC

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