As we enter the warm season, let’s remember that summertime is not only for barbecues and sitting outdoors at restaurants. As temperatures rise, we’re given opportunities for self-care that don’t exist during the rest of the year. Getting outside is easier than ever, providing many benefits as well as increasing the effectiveness of your self-care routine. According to the American Psychological Association, “exposure to nature has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation.” Here are some tips on how to make the most out of summer with attention to your self-care.
Do It Outside
In the colder months, you may have gotten into the habit of completing your self-care routine indoors. Consider ways in which you can enjoy the beautiful summer air while taking care of yourself at the same time. For example, instead of going to the gym, take a walk/run/bike around your neighborhood. Or, rather than relaxing at the end of the day on the couch, take a blanket outside, stretch it out on the grass, and be enlightened by the sun.
Take Your Breaks Outside
You may have learned by now that taking breaks throughout the day is a wonderful way to improve focus, create balance, and lift your spirits. Consider relocating your breaks to the outdoors. You may find an even greater increase in focus, balance, and mood from the change.
Have More Fun
An often overlooked aspect of self-care is having fun. Summer can be a great time to access new enjoyable experiences. Use these months to explore new opportunities that you might not during the rest of the year. For example, attend your local farmer’s market. Or, try out a new outdoor sport. If you’d like to attend a self-care event, visit our events page.
We hope these tips will help you to enjoy all that summer has to offer. It only lasts so long!