Summertime Self-Care: 10 Tips

This week, we announced the theme for June’s First Thursday Party:

Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Countless clients come in to Pomme and talk about how it’s their “me” time. We hear things like, “This is my break!” from stay-at-home moms. Dads coming in for a quick trim often say the same kinds of things… Busy teens are ecstatic to take a break from studying.

The common thread running through our clients’ statements is guilt (especially parents, caregivers, and those that have really demanding jobs). Taking one second away from your many obligations can feel almost wrong!

Here at Pomme, we have a philosophy: Self-care isn’t selfish.

As people, we only have a finite amount of resources with which to operate, so taking care of ourselves really isn’t a matter of selfishness — in fact, making sure our own need are met only makes us more well-equipped to support others.

So when we saw a whole article about summer self-care, we couldn’t help but pass it on! Since we’re just stepping into the official start of summer this Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got the perfect excuse to try out some of these tips! Here are some awesome tips from the article!

Summertime Self-Care: 10 Tips

It’s the season for barbecues, sand between your toes, boat rides, plunges into the pool and other relaxing and rejuvenating adventures.

We asked several therapists and coaches to share their ideas for nurturing ourselves (and having fun) this summer. Here are their self-care suggestions.

1. Plan a vacation or staycation.

Where you go isn’t as important as taking the time to do something for yourself.

For instance, take a road trip to a place that’s especially beautiful in the summertime, such as Minneapolis or Chicago. Or enjoy the sights and sounds of your own city. Make a list of activities you’d like to do, such as visit a museum, picnic in the park with loved ones, play Frisbee, people-watch at a café or swing on the swings.

Also, pay attention to the activities your town or city is offering. Many places have summer festivals with music, food and fun — three things that are good for nurturing the soul.

2. Take a break from technology.

Everything seems to slow down a little bit in the summer, so it might be a good time to try experimenting with different ways to take a break from the constant motion of the hectic work schedule of the rest of the year.

For instance, experiment with not using technology, such as your smart phone, laptop or tablet, an hour or two before bed.

Also, try taking an entire day off from technology either each week or on your summer vacation. Let your co-workers and family members know ahead of time that you won’t be on email during that time, and give yourself a chance to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones.

3. Focus on effective tasks.

Take some extra downtime during the summer — because once it’s gone, it’s gone — and identify the activities that will give you the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak, during the hours you are in the office.

When you are working, particularly if you’re a business owner, engage in projects that will provide the biggest benefits.

This could be anything from continuing to market your business (especially because few businesses market during the summer) to training employees to having lunch with your biggest clients.

4. Participate in playful activities.

Whatever it is, connect to your inner child and go do it.

Think about the summertime activities you loved as a child. Was it riding bikes ‘til dark? Visiting waterparks? Running through the sprinklers? Eating BBQ in the backyard?

5. Spend time near water.

The sound of moving water is soothing to the soul and helps bring clarity.

Depending on where you live, this could be anything from a stream to the ocean, she said. Or it could be swimming in your own pool, a friend’s pool or a local community pool.

6. Savor fresh foods.

Challenge yourself to try a new fruit or veggie every week.

In the summertime, many delicious fruits and vegetables are in season.  If you have a local farmers market nearby, you can develop a relationship with the farmers, learn about where your food comes from and get exposed to new variations of basic fruits and veggies like purple carrots.

7. Wake up earlier.

Getting up just 30 minutes earlier than you normally do can be rejuvenating.

This gives you some quiet time to meditate, savor your cup of coffee, enjoy a short walk or read something that nourishes you (not your email!).

8. Go for a walk.

Walking reduces stress and is attributed to causing moments of inspiration.

It’s especially beneficial to take a stroll in natural surroundings. Just leave your iPod at home.

9. Spend time outside.

Pick an outdoor activity that truly brings you joy, and doesn’t feel like a chore or obligation.

This could include gardening, hiking, biking or swimming, she said. Other ideas include golfing, berry picking and exercising outside. There are gyms and yoga studios that offer outdoor classes.

10. Do something out of your comfort zone.

Sometimes the best way to nurture yourself is to do something outside of your comfort zone.

For instance, join a summer league where you don’t know anyone; bring in watermelon or another summer treat to the office; run a race; try a new sport; experience the great outdoors in a new way like hiking, camping, backyard rooftop camping or fishing.

This summer consider the activities that will nurture your many needs, and help you enjoy yourself!

(tips courtesy of psychcentral.com)

Author: Heather Leslie Tabor

Stylist and Owner of Pomme Salon and Spa in Dripping Springs Texas.

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