If you learn anything about me from this blog.. it is that I am a HUGE advocate for self-care. There is nothing more important than learning how to take care of yourself! Here are 5 ideas for you to try this summer.
- Take a break from technology.
I know this seems strange seeing I am giving you this information VIA technology and social media, but you will be amazed at what taking a break can do for your mental health. Social media and the internet have amazing benefits, but they can also be demanding and not great for our physical and mental health. Start small, shut the electronics down a few hours before bed. Then try a full day with no phone/e-mail/instagram… Cleansing for your mind and soul!
- Plan a dinner with friends.
Life gets busy for everyone. Plan a day or evening with some close friends. Go to the grocery store and cook a meal together. Summer is a great time to catch up with people you have not seen in a long time and enjoy some delicious fresh foods. Cooking together is a good bonding experience and will save you money.
- Spend time outside.
Find an outdoors activity that brings you joy. Try to do it once a week and soak up the sunshine and fresh air. My favorite is finding new trails to walk- so simple and does not cost any money! Do you enjoy biking or golfing? Don’t be afraid to try a new hobby- it could become your new favorite.
Helping others has been a huge part of my self-care routines. When I know that I made a difference, it does wonders for my mental health and attitude. This does not have to be anything huge, but I think that you will find that positively impacting another person’s life will give you the warm fuzzies. Not sure how to volunteer? Contact your town and see if they can provide you with any opportunities.
- Start a garden.
You can choose to grow flowers or vegetables. Either will make you proud once you start seeing the product. PLUS, getting your hands dirty in the garden can actually help your mental health. Coming in contact with soil and specific bacteria in it will trigger the release of serotonin in our brains. Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression. Don’t have a green thumb? Me either, but I still love playing in the dirt!
What are you doing this summer to take care of yourself? How do you practice self-care?