A Self-Care Summer
Self-care in the summer can be pretty hard to fit in with all the stuff to get done: summer jobs, internships, volunteering, hanging out with friends and, of course, relaxing.
But self-care is still super important to think about, even in the summer season. It’s a good chance to unwind and take proper care of yourself.
Here are five self-care tips that you can use to help take care of yourself this summer:
Spend Some Time Outside
Being outside helps you to reconnect with nature and relax. Some things you could do include:
- Going to the beach
- Having a picnic
- Laying in a hammock
- Hanging out by the pool
- Going on a hike or run
- Taking a boat ride and/or canoeing
Try something out of your comfort zone! If you’ve already gone hiking, try fishing. If you’ve already gone to the beach or the pool multiple times, try going for a run with a friend.
Drink Water & Eat Clean
Drinking water is so important in the summer! Since it’s hotter, it’s much easier to get dehydrated. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so it’s very important that you continue to drink eight glasses a day. If you don’t like drinking plain water, try adding a powder drink mix to your water so there’s more flavor.
On the other hand, eating clean is also good self-care. Your body needs whole foods to sustain itself, so stick to whole fruits and veggies like broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, apples, grapes, etc.
My favourite healthy summer treat is frozen grapes! They’re very refreshing after a long day in the heat. All you have to do is freeze them in a Tupperware container the night before and, the next morning, you’ll have a great snack that’s also healthy.
Take Care of Your Skin
With the summer heat, you could be prone to sunburn so make sure to use sunscreen with a high SPF, wash your face twice a day, and use a face mask once a week (I recommend buying from LUSH if you’re looking for awesome face masks!).
If you have a sunburn, aloe vera gel can be a great relief to your skin. Aloe vera has many benefits for the skin including anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. You can grab it at your local drugstore.
Sleep is still important for self-care. It may be tempting to stay up till 3 AM every night (I’m really guilty of this!) but understand that your overall health is affected by how much sleep you get each night.
When I didn’t get enough sleep each night, I would take a nap every afternoon to compensate for the time I spent staying up instead of sleeping. Don’t do that!
The extra time you spend staying up too late is time you will never get back to fall asleep, so make sure you get 8+ hours of rest every night. Continue to set a bedtime every night and make sure to stay away from any electronics an hour before bed.
Part of implementing self-care is knowing what you absolutely need, both physically and mentally. Your mental health is just as important to your overall wellness. Being overworked and burnt out is unhealthy.
It can be hard sometimes to assert your boundaries and opt out of activities but know that it’s okay if you decide to not do something.
The whole point of summer is to relax and unwind, so don’t spread yourself too thin so that you become frazzled. You need to take care of yourself. You are #1.
People will understand if you need to take a breather and bow out for the time being. Prioritize what is important and what makes you happy (job, passions/hobbies, vacations), and let go of other activities or obligations that don’t fit.
And if someone is taking advantage of you and your kindness, remember to assert your boundaries and say no.
Remember to continue taking care of yourself in the summer. If you implement these tips, they will help you improve your mental health and overall well-being.
If you have any other summer self-care tips that I didn’t mention here, comment down below!
Photo Credit: Ethan Robertson