5 ways to practice summer self-care
Summer is here, with longer days, warmth and sunshine for us to enjoy.
It’s also a busy time, with more opportunities to socialise and be outside in the evenings and weekends.
With all this activity you might (like me) accidentally end up finding yourself over-committed.
I would like to encourage you to try to make time for yourself this summer season.
When I remember to keep simple self-care on my to-do list, I am more likely to feel rested and calm.
1. Get enough sleep
Summer evenings are so welcome after a long dark spring, and they make it hard to go to bed!
Most people need at least 7 hours of sleep. If you know you’re not getting that, and you feel tired, that’s probably why.
Count back 7 hours from when you need to wake up and really try to be in bed half an hour before that.
Decent sleep is the single most important thing you can do for yourself.
Sleep is when your entire mind and body rest and repair themselves.
You really want them to have enough time to do that. [Related post: The Gift of Circadian Rhythms]
2. Find time for movement
If (like me) you do a lot of sitting during the day you are losing strength and flexibility.
During summer it can feel too hot to exercise.
Can you make time to walk or cycle each day?
If there is something else you enjoy, make time for that instead.
If you have some stairs at home or work try and walk up and down them more often.
It doesn’t matter so much what you do, but we all need to use our bodies more.
Ideally by doing something that is a) easy and b) enjoyable.
3. Eat better
Food gives you energy in the short term and helps build reserves in the long term.
The two best ways to improve your diet (read: nutrition and microbiome) are:
- Eat more plant food: nuts, seeds, beans, fruits, and especially vegetables that are in season.
- Eat a wider range of food. Change what you eat so you are not always eating the same food.
A simple way to eat better is to take some time to plan meals for a couple of days ahead, and buy things you know you will have time to cook.
If you eat a lot of bread, pasta, and cake, and you crave sugar, it’s probably because you have not been getting enough sleep and your body needs the energy.
Focus on your sleep and nutrition and you’ll soon see the difference.
Note: if you eat only, or mainly plants, and you feel tired, you might want to have blood tests to check your iron and B12 levels. [Related post: Blood tests can tell you a lot]
4. Try journalling
If you find yourself naturally waking earlier during the summer, you might like to try ‘morning pages’.
This is simply writing a few pages in a journal at the start of the day. It really helps to declutter the mind and helps you feel more focused, pretty much instantly.
You might also like to write something you feel grateful for at the beginning and/or end of each day.
I find these practices are simple and effective tools for self-care.
Writing a journal is like having a conversation with yourself.
5. Find some quiet time
Try to make sure you find some quiet time when you don’t have plans so you can do what you want to do.
I try to have at least one day at the weekend when I can just potter about.
I do everything I can to make Sunday a day I spend mostly at home. [Related post: Simple Sundays can change your life]
I know that this one thing makes my life better in so many ways.
Sometimes it means saying ‘no’ to things I want to say ‘yes’ to.
If this appeals to you, see what you could do to carve out a small piece of time that’s just for you, and try to do that regularly.
How can you care for yourself more?
Is there something on this list you haven’t focused on for a while?
How can you practice self-care this coming week, even if you are busy?
“I began seeing Tracy early last summer after arriving back from India exhausted. I felt energised again quickly after our first meeting. We also touched on other areas of my life and over the course of a few months things began to shift for me in very positive ways. Something healed and allowed things to come into my life bringing joy and love. I trust Tracy as a skilled homeopath.”
If you are reading this and thinking you could use some help to take more care of yourself, feel free to get in touch.