Summer Self-Care: 10 Tips for Your Best Self
As the warm weather arrives and the days get longer, you have the perfect opportunity to prioritize your summer self-care. Get the right habits set up, and you can spend this summer nurturing not only your body, but your mind and spirit as well!
In this blog post, we will explore 10 valuable tips and routines that will help you make the most of summer while taking care of yourself.
10 Tips For Better Summer Self-Care
1) Embrace nature
With the sun out and the warm weather, summer is a great season to spend as much time as possible outside. If you truly want to embrace your summer self-care, it all starts with being outside.
Whether it’s a walk in the park or a day at the beach, being surrounded by nature can have a calming and rejuvenating effect on your mind and body. Make it a regular part of your summer self-care routine.
2) Prioritize an exercise routine
Exercising is one of the most foundational habits you can have in life. For summer self-care, it’s important to keep this in mind. Stay active during the summer months by participating in activities you enjoy. This might mean continuing your gym ritual or signing up for a yoga class.
Whatever it might be, there are two main rules to fitness success: stay consistent at it, and try to do something you enjoy. This will help you maintain your motivation. Pro tip: try doing something outdoors. Activities like hiking or biking can get you exercise as well as a healthy dose of sunlight!
3) Protect your skin
Even with the importance of being outdoors, exercising in the open air, the sun can certainly be harmful. That’s why it’s important to have a skincare ritual. This can be as simple as remembering to apply sunscreen whenever you go out. Make sure you use one that has a relatively high SPF. You might also wear protective clothing and seek out shade during certain times of the day, depending on where you live.
4) Try mindfulness and meditation
Mindfulness has become a bit of a fad in recent years. Seems like everybody is meditating. Still, it’s a good thing. As studies show, a mindfulness practice can help reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and promote inner peace – all essential components of a summer self-care practice.
As for how you do it? It’s simple: find a quiet spot, either indoors or outdoors, and try to quiet your mind. If you need a little help, be sure to check out some of the most popular meditation apps.
5) Check in with current and future goals
We all have things we want to do, and because the summer is at the midway point of the year, it can be a useful time to reflect on our goals. What did you tell yourself you were going to start doing in January? Are there any resolutions (like more responsible travel) you are falling short on?
What are the things you have left to do, and what does the rest of the year look like with your main objectives? Use the summer season as an opportunity to set intentions and goals for your personal growth.
6) Disconnect from technology
As essential as goals are to our well-being, and as important as technology often is for these goals, unplugging from it all can be a game-changer. It gives our brain some time to unwind and reconnects us to the world around us. Who wants to be attached to a screen all day anyway (even with how much we love social media)?
To make this happen, consider creating “tech-free” times throughout your days. This will help you enjoy the present moment, connect with loved ones more deeply, and engage in offline activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.
7) Nurture social connections
In our last tip, we mentioned connecting with loved ones. Being surrounded by people we love and respect is essential for our overall well-being, being the social creatures that we are. That’s why “nurture social connections” has also made our list. So ask yourself these questions:
- Who are friends or family that you want to see more often?
- How can you intentionally make time to see more of them?
What you actually do is up to you. Maybe you plan an event with multiple people, or prioritize smaller, more intimate settings with just a few friends. Plus, you don’t even need to see them in person. If a friend lives far away, no reason you can’t schedule a Skype call to catch up!
8) Try new seasonal foods
Summer is a great time to try something different, and food certainly fits the bill. Explore the diversity of seasonal fruits and vegetables that summer brings, and try incorporating them into your meals.
How this applies to your summer self-care? Just like exercise, your chosen diet can have a massive impact on how you feel and your overall well-being. Treat it with the attention it deserves. It’s also a great excuse to try new, healthy restaurants in the area.
9) Start new creative pursuits
Summer offers a wonderful opportunity for creative expression. Maybe this means a new writing project you’ve been wanting to start, or a new hobby like painting or photography you’ve always wanted to take up.
Regardless, allow your creative instincts to flow. The self-expression will make you more fulfilled in your personal life, and can become a fundamental element of your overall summer self-care.
10) Prioritize rest and sleep
Lastly, a good summer self-care ritual prioritizes proper rest. Summer can be a busy season (especially if you are following some of our tips), but quality sleep is absolutely essential. One of the best ways to get this quality sleep is to establish a consistent sleep schedule. Try going to sleep and waking up around the same time each day. You might also incorporate a relaxing bedtime routine, which can help you fall asleep much quicker. Don’t neglect this one – adequate rest will leave you feeling refreshed and energized the entire summer!
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