I do adore summer. I really do. Wearing sandals or being barefoot in the grass, eating outside, the seemingly neverending supply of daylight, bountiful pitchers of iced tea and lemonade... it's truly dreamy stuff.
One would then assume that summer is basically built for self care. And in a way, it is, as we can get more fresh air and movement. But for some, it comes with a price — the hot temps and hot social calendars can leave one feeling burnt.
It doesn't have to be that way. Here are 6 self care practices to make your summer slow and nourishing.
Book a Self Care Day
Summer professional calendars tend to slow down, but in some cases your schedule can be fuller, especially if you have children out of school or family in town visiting. Here's a reminder to book yourself on the calendar too. Whether you call it a mental health day or just the-day-that-you-are-staying-in-bed-until-noon, block it out on your calendar and make yourself as obligation-free as possible. Use the day to sleep in and spend some time in the hammock, a picnic, or just daydreaming in the sun. You've earned it.
Get Farmers Market Fresh
If you don't spend much time consuming local gourmet, this is the season to give it a shot. Farmer's markets (and perhaps your neighbors' own back yards) are full with a healthy eating bounty — and it feels good to prepare a meal using farm-fresh ingredients. Not sure what to make or how to use something that looks tasty? Ask the staff. They'll have plenty of recommendations, and might even be able to point you to a recipe on their website (we have plenty here, too — just use the search box!)
Go for a Walk
My favorite thing to do in summer? Walk. Whether yours is a hike or a gentle walking meditation, solo or with a friend, walk. It's good for your body, mind, and spirit. It may seem like a simple suggestion, but often the best things for us are simple.
Plan Your Summer Adventures Mindfully
Summer and vacation are synonymous; I strongly suggest you plan your summer adventures in a mindful way. Spend the extra money for direct flights (it's worth it). Book a day at home before going back to work so you can catch up, do laundry, rest. Or, just book a long weekend instead of a full week if you're feeling overextended.
Have Fun Hydrating
I think one of the best ways to improve your health is to drink more water. You need 64 ounces — at a minimum, in my opinion. (And while, yes, tea is 95% water, you still need water!) Summer is an opportunity to change up your hydration routine and make it fun, especially in the warmer temps, and make water habits that will stay with you in all seasons. Whether it's fruity spa waters, creative Italian sodas, or mocktails with sparkling water, drink up!
I've given you a lot of things to do., but in the end, the most important summer self care advice I can give is say no. Don't get overwhelmed with commitments. When you do want to say yes to a commitment, don't be afraid keep it simple. If you're entertaining, opt for easy salads, quick tea sandwiches, or potlucks. If you get invited out for an adventure, make it a half day or just stay at home. It's all about balance, and I trust you to be the best judge of that.