Practicing self care is something you should be doing 365 days a year. But—sometimes work, relationships, and everyday life take up all your free time. With summer approaching, incorporating self-care into your routine can now be a little bit easier.
Give your physical and mental health a boost this season by embracing these simple, restorative self-care moves. You won’t regret it.
Try a workout switch
If you’re not already very active—or feel a bit bored by your current routine—this is the time to commit to a new exercise plan. Or delve into an activity you love that doesn’t quite feel like exercise, such as gardening. The combo of a fresh experience and some physical movement is sure to re-energize you.
Take 5-10 minutes a day to tidy up a part of your home you spend much of your time in. What sounds like a chore will actually help dial back stress and make you feel more comfortable in your space. That’s because clutter in your house can translate into mental clutter, weighing you down and potentially increasing anxiety and depression. Organizing and cleaning, however, help you feel less overwhelmed, like you’ve come out from under.
Splurge on new summer gear
Tidying your home up also means purging things you don’t want or need. With this in mind, it’s a great time to change out your bedding and donate old clothing to a local charity. If your budget allows it, treat yourself to summer-themed items that make you feel well and good.
Get out of town… or plan a staycation
Whether it’s a beach weekend or a trip abroad, vacation is all about resetting and refueling.
If you’re strapped for cash, don’t underestimate the power of a staycation. The key to making the most of it is to seek out novel experiences—even though you’ll be crashing at home. Explore local hiking trails, head to the nearby zoo or museum you haven’t visited in years, and visit farmers’ markets and local fairs.
Soak up some sun
After you wake in the morning, open your blinds and bask in bright sunshine for a few minutes. Sounds so simple, but numerous studies have shown that sunlight is a happiness and energy booster.
Morning sun can also help reset your circadian rhythms so you feel more alert during the day and sleep better at night.
Indulge in summer beach reads
Losing yourself in any book lets you escape your routine and becoming absorbed in a totally different world. But hey, it’s summer, so give yourself permission to dispense with the biographies or heavy literature and indulge in the season’s best beach reads.
If you can read while lying on a towel in the sand, sitting on a park bench, or flopping in a hammock in your backyard, that’s even better.
Make time for afternoon naps
Summer is siesta time, and nothing qualifies as self care quite like a restoring, energizing nap, even if for only 20 minutes. If that’s not possible or you’re not the type who can just nod off so easily, score some of the same benefits by spending a few minutes breathing deeply and meditating.
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