Hammock Day: The Best, and Worst, Ways to Chill Out

July 22nd is Hammock Day. And hammocks mean relaxing, kicking back. But the day also means we’re reaching the middle of summer – the trying and endless dog days – which means higher temps and heat waves.

But this Monday should remind us of chilling-out’s importance to our happiness. And not just for one day, but for all of summer and beyond. But if you’re like many busy students who have maybe forgotten just how to go about chilling out, don’t worry. Here’s a refresher course on the good and bad ways summer relaxation can be had.

The good

Stay comfortable – I’m not just suggesting you wear flip-flops every day, although that will help. I mean drink water, use sunscreen, and do the things that prevent us from being too exhausted or sunburned to go outside and enjoy the day.

Make time for friends – summer won’t always seem like a vacation, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still the best season for hanging out with friends and meeting new ones. Kick back with them regularly for relief whether the heat is on or not.

Start a morning routine – use the coolest time of the day to start off each morning the way you like to. It will relax you and keep you from getting too comfortable with slow days.

The not good

Do as you always do – you probably have less to do than you did during school. So drink less coffee now, cook more, and sleep more for an overall chiller experience.

Run from the sun – chasing shade and air conditioning will end up taking more of your energy than you’d like and keep you from actually enjoying the sunshine, which  should be embraced rather than avoided.

Over-visit crowded places – they’re cramped, loud, and often short on fresh air. Instead, entertain with less stressful activities like biking, hiking, or a simple game like bocce ball

How to you kick back in the summer?Let ACI know on Twitter at @ACISpecBenefits or on facebook, Google+, Pinterest, or YouTube. Also feel free to contact ACI Specialty Benefits at (800) 932-0034, or email info@acispecialtybenefits.com

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