For many people, Summer is the perfect season to unwind, relax, and take things slow. Many go on holiday trips, others stay at home to rest, and some make plans to catch up on hobbies and very much needed alone time.
I know life gets hectic, and considering all the stress, pressure and uncertainty we've had to deal with in the past months, we should all be prioritizing our well-being. A perfect way to do this is to incorporate some simple self-care practices into our lifestyle and routines.
Below, I wanted to share five simple ways you can practice self-care during the summer.
Grabbing a book or a magazine, taking your tablet and reading a blog post, flipping through a coffee table book.... reading for pleasure is a great form of self-care. Not only does it help your mind relax, it can also help you feel more calm, tap into your creative side, and you might even learn new things that will help you grow as an individual.
2. Make a playlist
Music is one of the most powerful forms of self-care. Jamming to your favourite nostalgic songs, discovering new artists or genres, having a dance party in the kitchen, or singing Fearless (Taylor's Version, of course) out loud... music can help you feel happier and connected.
3. Sort out your space
Having an organized, clean space is a great way to feel more relaxed, happier, and calm. Even if it's just for 5-10 minutes, carrying out simple tasks to make sure your living space is sorted will make a tremendous difference in your mood and mind state. Sometimes, self-care requires a little work, but remember that the whole point of it is to improve your well-being and lifestyle.
4. Take up a small hobby
You don't have to spend the whole summer creating the next knitting masterpiece or training to compete in the Olympics. Doing something small just for fun is a great way to occupy your mind, be creative, and discover new passions. Try out an artistic project or something that keeps you active. The important thing is that you enjoy what you're doing.
5. Be still and breathe
Sometimes, the best way to practice self-care is to do nothing at all. Meditating, sitting in silence, breathing fresh air as you sit in nature...taking the time to unwind and be alone is very much needed. The hectic pace of our regular routine, the chaos from the world, the misinformation, the never-ending drama, all of these things can pile up negative emotions in our mind and body. That's why, making a conscious effort to be still and breathe is an incredible self-care activity.
I hope you enjoyed this post, Thank you so much for reading it.
I would love to know what are some of your favourite self-care activities. Please, leave a comment and let me know!
Thank you to Caroline (Enviroline Blog) and Allison (The Nutmeg Diaries) for organizing this collaboration. Don't forget to check out the rest of the posts and leave some love to all of these amazing bloggers!
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Until next time.