Summer is all too fleeting—perhaps no more so than in Chicago (after all, “Chiberia” is as common a nickname as “Windy City”). The joy of the season can go hand in hand with revisiting promises of self-improvement we made earlier in the year—a potentially unnerving experience. If you didn’t quite follow through, fret not: the team at MAE Plastic Surgery has four ways to put forth your best self this season.
The Problem: You’re Stressed
The Tip: Summer’s all about being carefree—but sometimes, a ramped-up social life can give way to anything but relaxation. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stretched thin between an increasing itinerary of personal and professional obligations, consider blocking off time for meditation: Chill Chicago is one of the latest locales to offer a host of classes that help you unwind by unplugging and focusing your energy inward.
The Problem: You’re Exhausted
The Tip: Whether it’s catching up from extended bouts of warm weather revelry (really, who’s going to say no to a rooftop patio?) or recovering from that quick weekend getaway, summer can be unexpectedly draining. If that’s the case, clear out your calendar and recharge with a jaunt—whether it’s a walk, run, or bike stroll—on one of the city’s myriad trails, from The 606 on the west side to the stunning Lakefront Trail to the east. Nothing’s quite as reenergizing as stretching your legs, clearing your mind, and working up a sweat—over good views, to boot.
The Problem: You’re Lethargic
The Tip: Between food fests, patio happy hours, and, well, more food fests, there’s countless ways for calories to compound quickly. And while exercise certainly plays a part in your wellness rejuvenation (see above), so too does diet. Luckily, summer is when Chicago’s countless farmers markets come out to play, whether you’re downtown, on the north side, or pretty much anywhere in between. Suffice to say, it’s plenty more fun to get your greens under the summer sun than under the harsh overhead lights of your overcrowded supermarket.
The Problem: You’ve Lost Your Mojo
The Tip: Exercise, diet, and other measures are integral to a proactive wellness approach, one which can be supplemented with cosmetic measures. Dr. Michael Epstein and Dr. Dan Krochmal of MAE Plastic Surgery specialize in aesthetic procedures like breast augmentation, butt shaping, tummy tucks, cellulite treatments, and other services tailor-made for summer—whether you’re looking for a quick touch-up or full-on definition. (1535 Lake Cook Rd. #211, Northbrook, 847-205-1680)