Self-care has become critical in the past 2 years. Feeling unsettled or anxious is a common issue in 2021, making it vital to carve out time to focus on self-care. Did you know that people who spend 2 hours in nature per week have a happier, more peaceful outlook on life? Nature might not be your thing – but this summer is the time to find out exactly what you need to keep your body and mind happy, inspired and successful. Let’s explore a few ways you can switch up your self-care routine for the summer season.
“Summer clean” your house
The amount of clutter in your home is directly indicative of the amount of clutter in your life and mind. It’s important to take time each season to clear things out of your home that are taking up space, not useful, or just not to your taste anymore. Rearranging your home will create a sense of excitement, and sitting down to rest after a long day of cleaning and organizing will give you a real sense of accomplishment.
Eat fresher foods
In the wintertime we tend to gravitate toward heavier and warmer foods, our bodies’ way of telling us what we need to be healthy. Pizza is just as great in the summer, but our summer bodies are also craving fresh foods like juicy watermelon, fresh berries and brightly colored vegetables, like bell peppers. For extra help in hot weather, eat more water-rich foods like cucumber, zucchini and tomatoes.
Update your skincare for the season
The summer can be hard on your skin, so consider updating your skincare routine for the summer season by evaluating the products you use. Some cosmetic dyes can hurt your skin, while others are proven to help add a glow and refresh your skin. Make sure you are using hydrating sunscreen and after-sun care in the summer months. Exfoliating acids are great for removing dead skin, and a fake tan is always a great option, as long as you opt for a high-quality company with the best tanning products.
Disconnecting from your devices for a set period of time is proven to help with daily time management issues, and helps build self-control and teaches you to be alone with your thoughts. If you feel that likes and shares have too much control over your happiness or relationships with others, separating from your devices will give you time to connect face-to-face with the people in your life.
Switch up your workouts
Incorporate a new exercise into your regular routine, or go on a quick jog around your area. It’s a great way to see new areas of your neighbourhood you’ve not seen before, and to get away from the house for some healthy activity. For something really different, take a dance or spin class, and watch new muscles start to strengthen, making you look and feel great.
Sweat and humidity can have a real effect on your skin. It’s important to exfoliate regularly to wash away dirt and dead skin cells that could lead to breakouts and dull skin. Remember to choose the right healthy skincare products, and maybe try a new sun-defying lotion. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Drink a lot of fluids
Staying hydrated is the key to a healthy and happy life, and the summer heat will deplete the amount of fluids in your body quickly, leaving you lethargic or dulling your skin tone and vibrance. Our bodies consist of 60% water, necessary to move fluids, get rid of waste, and keep your muscles healthy and skin tight.
Allow yourself to relax and unwind
Many people are working from home in 2021, making it difficult to disconnect from work at the end of the day. 37% of remote workers say the key to productivity is taking regular breaks throughout the day. At the end of the work day, make a conscious effort to shut down your computer and work devices, and set clear boundaries around your free time.
While reaching out to family and friends is a great way to stay connected and feel healthy and cared for, we now know that this kind of personal connection is a privilege – one that can be taken away. 2020 was a rough year for everyone, and we’ve all been forced to focus on providing our own self-care. Take this summer to consider how you can better care for both your body and your mind, and make yourself more self-reliant. This could be the summer you find your voice and success – so take the time every day to focus on caring for yourself.
About the author:
Naomi Shaw is a freelance journalist residing in sunny Southern California with her husband and three children. She is a work-at-home mom that enjoys writing on fashion, beauty, jewelry, and everything weddings!