We’re stoked that summer is finally here—here’s to the season of passport stamping and poolside chilling. Even with all the fun and festivities to be involved in this summer, the longer days still shine light on an opportunity to
The term self-care pretty much defines itself: any action you take in order to take care of yourself. But self-care isn’t simply pampering yourself by throwing a bath bomb in your tub and slapping on a face mask before bed. Self-care is essentially holistic wellbeing, tapping into three aspects of health: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Getting into the habit of self-care makes for a happier you with improved relationships with the people in your life. Read on to find out six self-care tips you can easily incorporate into your summer plans.
1. Flaunt Your Beach Bod
Fitness hack—achieving the perfect beach body requires two simple steps: 1) Have a body. 2) Hit the beach.
The summer season does have its dark side, where a nasty culture of body-shaming resides. Don’t let demeaning headlines about celebrity bodies or Instagram comments stop you from rocking a bikini. There is nothing “wrong” with any body. Be comfortable with yourself and you’ll have fun at the beach!
2. Don’t Skimp on SPF
To love the skin you’re in also means protecting it from the sun’s harsh rays. Whether you’re about to hit the beach to get your glow on or go shopping in the city after getting your paycheck, sunscreen is a must. Even if it seems like a cloudy day, don’t skip the sunscreen! Harmful UV rays can penetrate clouds and reach your skin. Sure, the sun is a great source of Vitamin D but excess exposure can lead to sunburn, early signs of skin aging, or even skin cancer.
Make sure that you’re also applying sunscreen to your face (under your makeup)! There are dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic sunscreens out there, so your pores can sigh in relief. The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen is a cheap, yet effective option. You can also go for foundation with SPF but you may have to be wary when choosing one to purchase. Some makeup products with SPF have a tendency to cause flashback, that dreaded white cast on our faces that appears in flash
3. Catch Up with Old Friends
Perhaps the stress and workload during the year had caused you to unintentionally drift away from some friends. With more time in your hands this summer, go pick up friendships from where they left off. Give your friends a quick call and schedule a hangout (take advantage of the amazing weather!) to fill each other in on how life has been. BFF status isn’t guaranteed since maintaining friendships do take time, but a meaningful friendship where both of you learn and grow together is definitely possible.
4. Go on a Hike
Take some time this summer to escape the concrete jungle and challenge yourself to a hike. A hike can be a way to connect with nature and doubles as a cardio workout. And while you may have adopted the “pics or it didn’t happen” mentality, try your best to limit phone usage during your hike. Instead, look around you; nature is seriously awe-inspiring, which can allow you to have a different perspective of the world you live in and get in touch with your spiritual side.
5. Give Your Workspace a Makeover
A clean, organized work desk can contribute to a stress-free summer. You’ve worked hard for months and it’s now the perfect time to throw out or store away your old work. Think graduation, but you’re tossing papers instead of a cap. And no hideous robe.
There might not be a cap to decorate for this graduation, but your workspace can also use some adorning. A change in season calls for a change in your wardrobe; so why not change up your workspace as well? Treat yourself to new stationary or play interior design and reinvent your space. Whatever you do, simple changes can be refreshing and instant mood boosters.
6. Practice Self-Care All Year Round
You might be on a tighter schedule during the fall, winter, and spring months, but treating yourself well should be a priority all 365 days of the year. Remember: self-care is any action you take in order to take care of yourself. Doing something as small as picking up a new book on a topic of your interest or devising a to-do list put you on a route to a healthier, happier you.
What other self-care tips are you following this summer? Let us know in the comments!