I’m back with another collaboration with some of my blogger friends, 20 to be precise! All of our blog posts are part of the topic ‘seasonal self-care’ because we are from different parts of the world. So whilst it’s summer for me, it might be winter for someone else. I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite summer self-care ideas ☀
What is self-care?
The Cambridge dictionary definition is “The act of caring for yourself when you are ill or to stop yourself from becoming ill.”
For me, it is something I do to take care of myself. I first started practising self-care a few years ago when I was recovering from anorexia. It was tough and more than anything, I needed to take care of my brain. I’ve recently learnt that you also need to take care of your physical health. I always resonate self-care with mental health but it can be something as simple as having a shower – one thing that always makes me feel a bit better.
What I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t really matter what the definition is, you do what’s best for yourself!
Onto the summer self-care ideas
Summer is one of my favourite times to read lots of books. As a child, I always took part in my local library’s summer reading challenge which I loved. Nowadays, I seem to have continued reading lots in the summer months. I’m a massive fan of summer romance books which is what I read a lot of, the other week when I was on holiday. Summer is the perfect time to be reading outside on the beach or in your garden.
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One of the most important things you can do to care for yourself is hydrating. It’s recommended to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and while I do drink a lot of water, I doubt I drink that many. So here is your reminder, have a glass of water!
Write down some affirmations
A few of my favourites:
- I am beautiful in my skin/body
- Putting myself first is not selfish
- I am worthy
- Today will be successful
- I appreciate myself
Tick something off your summer bucket list
One of my favourite seasonal things to do is creating a bucket list! I haven’t posted one for this summer but you can check out my 2020 summer bucket list for some ideas. I love ticking things off, it makes me feel less stressed (yes, even if it is for fun!). I haven’t gotten around to ticking much off my bucket list for this year so that is definitely something I’m going to make time for.
Related post: My Bournemouth summer bucket list
If I’m having a bad day or I’m stressed out, organising will always help me feel a little better. My favourite thing to organise will always be bookshelves in rainbow order, but I do also like sorting out a drawer. I recently tidied up my dressing table and my mind just feels a lot calmer now.
Set some simple goals
I set myself monthly goals, but I think it’s really important to keep them simple. If they are too hard, it’s likely that you won’t have the motivation to start or finish them.
- Read x books
- Tidy a section of your room
- Make time for a hobby
- Take some time off
- Spend time with friends or family
- Learn to bake or cook something new
Include SPF in your skincare routine
Something that doesn’t get talked about enough is SPF. Essentially, it protects your skin from the sun – even if it’s cold or cloudy, you can still get sunburnt. If you think you might forget, maybe invest in a moisturizer that has SPF in it. I use Cetaphil which is SPF 50+.
If you want to read more on SPF, check out this SPF easy guide by The Grumpy Olive.
Take a break from social media
It seems a bit ironic that I’m saying this when it is likely that you have found this blog post via social media. But, taking some time off social media can be so important. It’s the same with anything really, you take a break to avoid burnout. When I was on holiday, the signal was practically non-existent. At first, it was a bit annoying but I actually felt some relief knowing that I didn’t have to be online all the time.
Have a go at a social media detox, even if it’s just a day or two.
If you know me, you know how much I love doing creative things. Acrylic painting, digital drawing, creative writing, blogging, journaling my thoughts, photography, bullet journalling etc. I just love it and it is my favourite form of self-care. I love painting flowers, so what better time to do it than in the summer? (Apart from spring when tulips are out).
When I was having therapy, I remember my therapist saying that art is used a lot in mental health recovery. I still would love to join some kind of mindfulness art group but can’t seem to find one at the moment.
Buy yourself something
I think it’s really important to treat yourself every now and again. It could literally be anything, maybe that necklace you’ve been eyeing up or a washi tape? After I completed my exams, I treated myself to a new Sims 4 pack.
Listen to a new podcast
Personally, I love listening to funny podcasts. I like to take my mind off reality and just laugh. My current favourites are The Secrets Out by Alfie Deyes and Shagged Married Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsey. I’m warning you now, they both have some pretty gross secrets included!
Another podcast which I like listening to is Michelle Obama’s podcast – I find it really interesting, particularly the one with Barack Obama.
Do you have any podcast recommendations?
Do a puzzle
Something I haven’t mentioned yet is doing something to keep your brain active. In the first lockdown, I was doing newspaper puzzles every morning. I had finished college but wanted to have a bit of a routine and to keep my brain moving. I still like to do a word puzzle or sudoku now. Every Saturday, I make sure to have a go at the weekend crossword in the i newspaper.
Wake up early
Another summer self-care idea is to wake up early. As much as I like to sleep in, waking up intentionally is nice. A few months ago, I got up and walked to the beach at about 7:30 am. It was so nice because of how quiet it was, I sat on the beach and did a painting. By the time I got back to my flat, I had already been food shopping too. I often find that the morning is a good time to get things done because most people aren’t awake to distract you on social media!
Paint your nails
Although I sometimes go on about how self-care isn’t just taking a bubble bath or painting your nails. Sometimes it can be nice to do those things, especially if they make you feel good about yourself. I don’t paint my nails very often and have a lot fewer colours than I used to but it’s fun! It’s important to add a bit of fun into your life – so often we are brought down by other people or the news.
Check out other seasonal self-care ideas:
What is your favourite summer self-care idea?