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Updated by Nathaniel FitzGerald on Apr 06, 2018
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How To Live It Up This Summer Without Hating Yourself the Next Day

Summer is almost upon us, and that means trips to the beach, cocktail parties, and all the wining and dining you can muster.

But if you're anything like me, a lot of your nights of revelry have ended with completely miserable day-afters, filled with breakouts, sunburns, and hangovers.

Thankfully, there are some good tips you can take that will allow you to live the good life without making you pay for it later.

1

Drink Plenty of Water

Drink Plenty of Water

When you're out drinking, the last thing you want to order is a glass of water. But dehydration is one of the leading causes of hangovers.

Large amounts of alcohol can make you dehydrated. When you wake up the next morning, that dehydration causes headaches, light sensitivity, and all the other fun stuff.

Take a glass of water after each drink. Not only will it help curb the effects of a hangover, but it will make your stomach feel fuller, which will prevent you from drinking too much.

2

Cut Down on the Sugar

Cut Down on the Sugar

One of the best parts of the summer is cookouts. Hanging out with friends with good food and good company. But when everybody ends up bringing a dessert, the cookout becomes a sugar-laden minefield.

You don't need me to tell you how bad sugar is: it contributes to weight gain, harms your teeth, and damages your complexion. But how can you resist all the goodies laid out before you?

The good news is that you don't have to completely cut out sugar. You can enjoy a little bit of every snack laid out. But eating some protein ahead of time can help cut down on the cravings.

Also, when you're preparing your own snack to bring, use healthier options like fruits and vegetables. After all, who doesn't love a good guacamolé?

3

Make Sleep a Priority

Make Sleep a Priority

Everybody loves the long days and short nights of summertime. It seems like summer is custom-made for staying out late and enjoying the nightlife.

But if you aren't careful, it can be easy to let your sleep patterns take a hit.

Skipping sleep has a number of bad side effects, from weakening your immune system to causing memory issues.

You should be getting 7-8 hours every night, so arrange your social calendar accordingly.

4

Don't Soak Up Too Much of That Sun

Don't Soak Up Too Much of That Sun

There's nothing quite like sitting on the beach and soaking up rays.

Except that too much sun can cause a myriad of problems. Everyone knows sunburns suck, but over time, overexposure can speed up the aging process and even lead to skin cancer.

While it's unreasonable to avoid the sun completely, make sure that you're always using sunscreen—even when you're not intentionally laying out in it. Rub a little SPF30 on any exposed skin when you go out to make sure you're safe.

5

Keep Hitting the Gym

Keep Hitting the Gym

Everything sort of slows down in the summertime. It can be tempting to adopt this laid back attitude to everything.

That includes the gym. You might feel like you can let yourself get lax about your workout routine because you're spending more time outside.

But this can undo a lot of the progress you've made. And as everyone knows, those habits can be hard to make.