We’re officially in the heat of summer. The sun is shining, the waves are crashing on the shore and people are laughing. That’s great and we sincerely hope that you’re relaxing and loving life. But if you’re not, this is your reminder that it is okay. If you’re feeling sad, or heartbroken, or confused. That’s 100% okay.
Summers are filled with bonfires, backyard BBQs, pool parties, beach days and all things ‘happy’. This summer mentality can make it hard for us to be open and honest with ourselves about what we need. If you need to sit something out, do it. Relax, put your feet up and take some well deserved ‘me time’. The seasons will come and go but your health needs to be a priority.
There’s so much talk about self-care and it’s so important. However, sometimes we spend more time talking about it than actually practicing it. Taking care of yourself takes work (that can be so frustrating, I know). You’ve got to put the time in to take care of yourself because you only get one mind and body. Cherish them. Love them.
I know it’s hard. Some mornings dragging your feet out of bed is the hardest thing you’ll do all day (that’s okay!). I’m slowly learning to listen to my body and my mind. To really listen and be aware of my needs. This can be a real challenge but I encourage you to throw judgment to the curb and listen.
Here are some ways I’ve been practicing self-care this summer:
Hot Yoga – The mental/physical workout of my dreams! Focusing on my breath, what I need and how that will change from day to day…
Food – I love taking the time to cook a healthy, delicious meal for supper. After a long day of work, it can be tempting to grab a snack and call that dinner but I feel so much better when I fuel my body. My body needs sustenance to function properly – food is my fuel. I try to focus on fueling my body properly, healthily and deliciously!
Scenic Route – I’ve been walking around the city all summer long. I’ve found that switching up my route and taking the scenic way home has actually changed how I feel. Walk down a new street, put your phone away and breathe in the fresh air.
Ocean – Cherish every single moment near the water. Breathe it in. Feel it in your bones.
Sleep – The hot summer air makes it harder to go to sleep early but sometimes that’s what you need. Get those 8+ hours, your body will thank you (it may even surprise you).
I hope that you get outside this summer and embrace the beautiful weather. But please remember that however you’re feeling is completely valid. You’re a warrior. You can do this. Being open and vulnerable is one of the most amazing things in the world. Yes, sometimes that means you will get hurt but don’t let that make you hard. Stay kind. You will never run out of love. Share it.