Self care is just as important in the summer as it is at any other time of year. So this summer, bloggers from all over the world have come together to share their seasonal self care tips.
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Any time of year, creativity is great for your mental and emotional health. In the summer there are tons of creative things that you can do whether outdoors or indoors. Painting, drawing, writing, crafting, upcycling furniture, or thrift store items are just a few ideas.
Pamper Yourself At Home
You don’t need to go to expensive salons to pamper yourself, there is a lot you can do at home to make yourself feel good. Put on a face mask, use a hydrating hair mask in your hair, paint your nails, and don’t forget to moisturize like you do in colder months. Even if you have oily skin or it’s super hot you still need to moisturize your skin.
Make Time For Yourself
The summer can be a really busy time of year. so make sure to take some time out for yourself. Carve out some time regularly to relax, recharge, and be by yourself.
It is so important to stay hydrated especially when it gets really hot. Aim to drink at least 10 glasses of water (or other fluids) every day. If like me you struggle with drinking enough keep a water bottle with you as it’s an easy way to keep track of how much you are drinking.
Create A Summer Playlist
Playing music with upbeat rhythms and positive lyrics can help reduce stress and will boost your mood especially if you are feeling low.
So find a playlist that brightens your mood or create your own and crank out some tunes.
Take Time To Unplug
One of the best things that you can do for your mental and emotional health is to turn off your phone on a regular basis. No phone, no internet, no social media. Give it a try for a couple of hours or an evening every week and see how it feels.
Also, unplug completely 30-60 minutes before you go to bed, and don’t touch your phone as soon as you wake up.
Take Your Vacation Days
Whether you have a 9-5 job or run your own business, taking days off work is vital for your emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
If you don’t have tons of vacation time available or your business is really busy then just extend a weekend or two by taking a Friday or Monday off work. That way you get a three or four-day break by only using one or two vacation days.
Protect Yourself From The Sun
I have a typical pale English rose complexion so I burn really easily. Whether you are fair-skinned like me or not it’s really important to protect your skin from the sun.
Wear sunscreen and top it up regularly, use SPF lip balm and moisturizers, sit in the shade sometimes, and wear a hat.
If you have ever had heat stroke before like I have you will know that it is dreadful, but it is also avoidable. So just be careful about how long you are out in intense heat.
Also, if you have pets, please keep them indoors when it is really hot. It is really dangerous for animals like cats, dogs, rabbits, etc. to be out in intense heat – in fact, it can be fatal so don’t take any risks with your fur babies.
Get More Self Care Ideas
I hope that you enjoyed reading about my favorite self care activities for the summer.
For more self care ideas, go and read the posts by these amazing bloggers that I have collaborated with.
Gemma Lawrence is the creator of This Brits Life. Born and raised in England, she has been living in British Columbia, Canada as a permanent resident since 2016. A solo traveler for the past 9 years, she hopes to inspire and help others to enjoy solo adventures too. As someone who has always struggled with her self-confidence and mental health, she also shares tips and inspirational stories relating to self-love, self-care, and mental health.