Turn This Into Your Summer Of Self-Care
Self-care may make you think bubble baths and shopping sprees, but experts say it’s really just about finding ways to support yourself. Certified health and wellness coach Amy Kurtz explains that self-care is using repetitive and consistent rituals to treat ourselves well and it’s important to help us deal with stress and burnout at work. She says it’s important to rethink the idea of how we reward ourselves, so we treat ourselves to something that’s good for us, instead of a latte with a double shot of sugar.
Self-care is different for everyone and it changes from day to day, depending on what you need at that time to care for yourself. Here are some tips from Girls' Night In, a self-care community for women, to make it easier to add self-care into your routine this summer.
- Write down nourishing things you can do anywhere, any time - Step one is figuring out what makes you feel good and how to work that into your daily routine.
- Create a morning ritual - Start your day off with some motivation by thinking of a few things in your life that you’re grateful for. It’ll set a positive tone for your whole day.
- Take a vacation … no, really - If you have vacation time, USE IT! If your budget keeps you from actually packing your bags and going away, take a quick day trip or plan an indulgent staycation instead. You’ll still get a break from the daily grind, so you’ll get the mental reset you need without the cost of a trip.
- Set boundaries and learn to say “no” - This self-care tip sounds easy, but it’s one of the most challenging. It helps to know your priorities - from excelling at work to nurturing your relationships with loved ones - so you have some clarity when you have to say “no” to something.
- Put down your phone and get outside - Set limits on how much screen time you’re willing to spend on apps in a day and stick to it. Create reminders to stop scrolling and go live your life instead.
- Grow something - Summer is the season to grow things, including tomatoes, sunflowers, and the trendy monstera plant. No room for a garden? Some small indoor plants will work just fine.
Source: Good Morning America