5 ways to practice summer self-care
Summer is here, with longer days, warmth and sunshine for us to enjoy.
It’s also a naturally busy time, with more opportunities to socialise and be outside in the evenings and weekends.
With all this activity you might end up over-committed.
Stress and overwhelm can start to happen, which isn’t much fun for the people around us either.
You might need to try a bit harder to make time for yourself when it’s summer.
I know that when I prioritise care for myself I am more likely to feel calm.
If you want to have more to give to your family, friends and even your work, you might want to make time for some summer self-care.
Five ways to practice self-care
1. Get plenty of sleep
Do you ever find yourself ‘tired but wired’ at the end of the day?
Screens can be really draining.
Make time to focus on calming routines before bed.
- Unplug from technology.
- Turn down the lights.
- Drink herbal tea.
- Take a relaxing shower or a bath.
Most people need at least 7 hours of sleep. If you’re not getting that, and you feel tired, that’s why.
Count back 7 hours from when you need to wake up and make sure you are in bed half an hour before that.
If you use your phone as an alarm clock try buying an alarm clock.
They’re not expensive, and you’ll sleep better without your phone in the bedroom.
Decent sleep is the single most important thing you can do to take care of yourself.
Sleep is when your body and mind rest and repair themselves.
You really want them to have enough time to do that. [Related post: The Gift of Circadian Rhythms]
2. Move your body
Not everyone loves HIIT or running. If you do, that’s great!
If you don’t, what can you do instead?
If you do a lot of sitting you are losing strength and flexibility.
Can you make time to walk or cycle for half an hour or an hour per day?
If there is something else you enjoy, make time for that too.
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 more plants
Food gives you energy in the short term and helps build reserves in the long term.
The two things you can do to improve your diet are:
- Eat more plant food: nuts, seeds, beans, fruits, and especially vegetables.
- Eat a wider range of food. Change what you eat so you are not always eating the same food.
You will eat better if you 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 eat more plant food 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, as well as D3.
4. Make time for journaling
Try writing a few pages in a journal to unclutter your mind, especially if you are finding it hard to make a decision about something.
Write something you feel grateful for at the beginning and end of each day.
These two things are simple and effective tools for self-care, and if you can build them into your regular routine, they’ll help you focus on the good things in your life.
Writing a journal is like having a conversation with yourself.
5. Don’t over-commit
If your life is always full and you sometimes feel overwhelmed, it’s time to make some breathing space.
Try to make sure you have a few quiet evenings each week, where you do what you want to do.
Try to have at least one day at the weekend when you can just potter about.
I do everything I can to make Sunday a quiet day, spent mostly at home.
I know that this makes my life better in so many ways.
Sometimes this means saying ‘no’ to things I want to say ‘yes’ to.
If you don’t have much empty space in your life, maybe have a think about why that is, and maybe ask for more help if you can.
See what you could do to carve out a small piece of time that’s just for you, and do that regularly.
How can you care for yourself more?
Is there something here you haven’t focused on for a while?
What can you do to 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.