Summer is in full swing, and the weather is (mostly) gorgeous! Considering that is the case, what are you doing about it?
The year is now half over, so it is a perfect time to evaluate where you’ve been so far, set a course for the rest of the year – and take a breather in between.
Are you taking in some self-care and making time for things you love? Considering that some of us, especially my fellow moms, can easily get lost in the rhythm of raising our kids and attending to their needs–it’s important to remember yourself. Let’s talk about how.
Here are three ways to attend to your self-care this month, and why you should.
Self-care starts with understanding and honoring the signals your body and mind send you. With July's sunny and vibrant energy, it's time to tune in and truly listen. Embrace the art of mindfulness and self-awareness to decipher what your body craves and your mind needs to find solace.
Are you feeling tired or discouraged? Like you are running around more than you’d like?
It’s been said often, but it bears repeating: “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” You won’t have anything to share with others if you're drained. So fill up that cup! How?
Prioritize rest: Amidst the summer excitement, make room for restful moments. Ensure you get adequate sleep and create a calming bedtime routine to help you wind down. Remember, saying no to late-night plans is OK if your body craves rest.
Engage in peaceful activities: Take time daily to engage in mindful activities that bring you peace and joy. Whether it's meditating or praying under the shade of a tree, exercising, or simply sitting in silence, these moments of reflection will bring refreshment.
Cut back on digital consumption: Set boundaries with your screens and avoid excessive exposure to social media. Give yourself the gift of uninterrupted time with yourself and your loved ones, entirely in the moment.
It seems like everyone is on vacation in July. Projects get delayed due to people being out of the office. That makes it the perfect opportunity to take some chill time.
Here are some ways to embrace your passions.
Reconnect with hobbies: Recall the hobbies that used to fill your heart with joy and dust them off this month. Whether painting, playing a musical instrument, gardening, or dancing, indulging in these activities will reignite your creative spark.
Plan adventures: Explore the world around you by planning mini-adventures. This could be a hike in nature, a day trip to a nearby town, or even a spontaneous visit to a local museum.
Learn something new: Use what’s left of July to learn a new skill or delve into a subject that intrigues you. Enroll in a workshop, attend a virtual class, or pick up a book that challenges and fascinates your mind.
Surrounding yourself with positive influences and building a support system can enhance your self-care journey. Here are a few ideas to jumpstart the process:
Share your intentions: Openly communicate your self-care goals with your loved ones, friends, or colleagues. When they understand your needs, they can better support and encourage you on this path.
Engage in meaningful conversations: Initiate discussions with those who uplift you. Sharing thoughts, dreams, and experiences with like-minded individuals can inspire personal growth and foster a sense of belonging. Who comes to mind? Reach out for a coffee date!
It’s OK to seek professional support: Don't hesitate to seek professional help if you face challenges or need guidance on your self-care journey. Some of our “putting ourselves last” habits are deeply ingrained. Therapists, life coaches, or mentors can provide valuable insights and help you navigate difficulties.
July is the midyear checkpoint that invites you to embark on a journey of self-discovery, joy, and inner peace. By taking one or all of these suggestions, you can build self-care into your schedule!
Remember, investing in your well-being is not selfish but rather a powerful act of self-love that empowers you to be the best version of yourself for others. Embrace the gift of summer and savor every moment of your self-care journey.