Hot Girl Summer Is Upon Us

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The month of April is slipping away and we’ll soon be moving into May, which means that the summer of 2022 is almost here! With the warm weather and sunshine starting to peek through, it’s almost time to shed those winter puffers and trade them for a bikini and a pair of classic jean shorts. However, bikini season can be an uncomfortable time for so many people due to society’s pressure to have that perfect beach body. Fortunately, VALLEY knows how to get you feeling as confident as possible in your own skin and have the hot girl summer you’ve been dreaming of all winter long.

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Take That Social Media Cleanse

If there was ever a good time to take a break from social media, summer is it. So much of what we see on social media is what perpetuates the unrealistic standards in our mind, such as needing a small waist or a thin figure to look “good” in a swimsuit. Give yourself the gift of an Instagram-free summer and save yourself from comparing your body to the celebrities and influencers you see online. There’s no need to compare yourself to anyone when everybody is uniquely beautiful and different in their own way. Leave the phone at home, put on a swimsuit and make some memories!

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Read Books and Listen To Podcasts that Better Your Mind

There’s quite literally nothing better than lying on a sandy beach with a book in hand, soaking in the sunshine and getting your tan on. But as long as you’re there, you may as well better your mind and even learn ways to become more confident at the same time. There are a million books and podcasts dedicated to self-love, confidence and more that would make the perfect beach read. We recommend “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson, as well as the “What We Said” podcast with Jaci Smith and Chelsea Curtis and “Anything Goes” with Emma Chamberlain. Both podcasts have dedicated multiple episodes to body image, confidence and living out the hot girl summer you deserve.

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Workout If/When You Want To

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to your normal workout regimen all summer long, it’s also important to cut yourself some slack during the hot summer months. With traveling, summer jobs or spending time with family and friends, you may not have the time you once did to fit a workout into your everyday routine—and that’s okay! Exercise is great for the health of your body and mind, but there’s no need to push yourself extra hard when summer is the optimal time for rest and relaxation.


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