by Molly Scott
Congratulations! No matter which year you’ve just completed, you should be extraordinarily proud of yourself. If you’ve just finished your first year here at Barnard (I can’t believe I just did), you made it through one of the most challenging transitions of your whole life. Or, if you’re graduating in just a few days, be proud and realize that you’re ready to take on the world as a true Barnard woman.
It is now time to finally relax and forget about essays, exams, and studying. This summer, make an effort to pamper yourself by relaxing, eating well, exercising, and being the best you can be! Here are some helpful tips on getting the most health benefits out of your summer:
Get outside and move
Summer is the perfect time to get back on track with your workout schedule (or to create one). There is a lot more time in the summer to fit in a daily workout–and the weather is beautiful. I always exercise outside in the morning because that’s when it’s the coolest, but I also love going to the gym during the summer to take advantage of the air conditioning (if you’re staying at Barnard this summer, keep in mind that Hewitt and Reid don’t have A/C). Many gyms have student specials (such as 3 month subscriptions) for the break. Another thing to keep in mind, exercising doesn’t always have to mean going for a run; swimming in your pool in the backyard counts too.
Enjoy the summer produce
So many delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables are in season during the summer months (check GrowNYC to find out what’s in season for any particular month in New York City). In season produce will be more widely available, fresher, and cheaper in the supermarkets, so make sure you take advantage of fruits like cherries, strawberries, peaches and plums. Also, consider including vegetables like corn, summer squash, spinach and tomatoes (OK, fine, they’re a fruit) in your diet that are especially delicious during the warm months.
Most of us have jobs and/or internships the summer. These are certainly important for job experience and money, but it’s also important to take it easy during the vacation (hence the term, “vacation”). Make sure to have some off-days during the week and don’t let yourself become over-worked or stressed. If you haven’t chosen a summer job yet, make sure to pick one that you think you’ll enjoy.
Many of us are traveling and may even be leaving the country over the break. If you go out, remember to go with a group of people who you are familiar with and who will be able to tell you when you’ve had enough to drink. Also, be sure (especially if you are traveling internationally) that you know where you are and how to get back to wherever you are staying. Be careful, and be aware of your surroundings.
Have a wonderful break!
Molly Scott is a first-year at Barnard and Girl Talk editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.