You look forward to spring break all winter long. It’s a promise of sun, relaxation and leisure time. If you go overboard on vacation, however, you could end up hiding out in your hotel room, soothing your sunburned skin and nursing a hangover. Here are some tips for feeling great on spring break so it can really be the vacation of a lifetime.
1). Take Your Vitamins
When you’re home, you typically eat better than when you’re on vacation. Restaurant food can be loaded with salt and fat, and you’re not always eating your veggies when you’re on spring break. Take a daily multivitamin even if you normally don’t. In addition, a B-complex can help you have more energy and even prevent hangovers.
2). Watch What You Eat
We’re not trying to be a buzzkill, but if you aren’t used to eating junk food and you fill up on pizza and nachos every day, you’re not going to feel well enough to really make the most of your break. You don’t have to count calories, but start your day with something healthy, like a protein-filled omelet or a variety of fresh fruit and yogurt, so that you can save yourself for dessert later that night.
3). Don’t Cook Yourself
While we’re on the subject of cooking, make sure that your skin doesn’t get baked into a lobster-like crust while you’re hanging out in the sun. Pack plenty of sunscreen, and remember to apply it often. Put on UV swimwear and sunblock clothing when you’re out and about so that you can stress less about the sun. Sun protective clothing offers you more protection than sunscreen alone, and you don’t have to worry about applying it when you’re hanging out at the pool bar all day.
4). Drink Water
All-day sun, salt water and cocktails can leave you less than hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking enough water on your trip. Stock your hotel room with plenty of bottled water, and throw a bunch in your beach bag when you head out for the day. Alternate a cocktail with a generous glass of H2O to avoid shriveling up, getting a headache or feeling fatigued from dehydration.
5). Revamp Your Beverage
Many tropical cocktails are full of sugar and calories, which can lead to bloating and an afternoon crash. Instead of downing piña coladas all day, mix it up with some spritzers. Just about any liquor can be mixed with sparkling water and a squeeze of lime or lemon juice for a refreshing alternative.
Spring break should be about indulgence. You don’t want to deprive yourself, but you also don’t want to overindulge to the point where you can’t enjoy yourself. Continue your basic self-care when you’re on vacation so that you can luxuriate in the sun, sand and all that time off.