Summer Self-Care: Let Yourself Play
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald,
Ahhh, summer… a time for long days at the pool, sunshine, popsicles, spending time with family, going on vacation, and long summer nights under the stars. I often reminisce about my childhood during summertime where I was carefree, could sleep in as late as I wanted, and all that was on my agenda was pool and play. I long for those times in my adult life, until I thought… why should I have to long for them? Why not recreate them!? Life is short and summers are even shorter!
Not only is my head in the summer clouds, but I have a lot going on in my life, as well as a lot of traveling to do this summer. So I decided to create a summer self-care schedule where I am more lax with my “to do” list, adult obligations, and expectations of myself. Therefore, I have decided to take a step back and blog every other week instead of every week during the summer months. Maybe I’ll still get a blog out every week, maybe I won’t. I’ll see what feels good and right to me, but I am vowing to myself to do less this summer and in general. To focus more on BEING instead of doing. To enjoy and my life, my family, my friends, our vacations, etc. To be more present. To have more free time to be grateful… to rejuvenate, nourish and recharge. But then it got me thinking… what else can I (and others) do to truly give ourselves a summer break, yet still partake in self-care? Here’s a list I came up with. Get inspired or write your own!
Let yourself sleep in.
Just like the good ol’ days of childhood. Maybe see if you can go to work a little later during the summer, or work from home. If that’s not possible, keep the alarm off during the weekends and take naps when you can. During the months of harsh sun it is also especially important to give our bodies more rest!
We can lax up on the workout routine and do something more in line with the weather — instead of going to the gym, try walking outside, bike riding, horseback riding, go swimming, dance around your kitchen and/or practice some relaxing yoga. Let yourself do something different than your normal routine. Your inner child will thank you for the fun!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
I’m letting myself indulge in some of summer’s sweetest treats… ice cream, cookies, donuts and smoothies… just as I did when I was a kid. But don’t worry, I’m also eating more broccoli than I did back then 😉 Maybe try NICE / vegan cream if that feels better to you and your body, I know it does for me (there are amazing healthy nice cream and vegan brands out there!)
Give yourself permission to PLAY.
Play is a spiritual practice. Listen to music and dance your butt off; be extra silly and goofy, and allow your inner child to be your guide and inspiration — what were your favorite things to do as a kid? See a movie in the middle of the day? Go Laser Tagging? Roller blading? Bowling? Take a trip down memory lane.
My inner masculine is Gemini (according to my natal chart), so I have an inner Peter Pan on my hands who loves to have fun, laugh and play! I love to on him (I call him Peter) whenever I want to let go, have fun, and not take life (and myself) so seriously. Call in your own inner peter pan and remind yourself to go on more date nights with your honey, with your kids, with your mama, with yourself. Jump on a trampoline, explore a creek, go hot air ballooning, go try something new! And lose the phone, while you’re at it.
Bring back movie nights!
I’ve given myself permission to indulge in more movies and mindless TV this summer, something I don’t usually let myself do, but it feels good to turn off the brain and relax. I’ve been binging on Black Mirror and going to the movie theater more often. And, because it’s summer, outdoor movies are a really fun summer outdoor activity, as well.
It’s easy to get lost in our to-do lists and feel like we constantly need to be ON. Challenge yourself by scheduling in time for a movie or the pool, if you have to, and turn the phone off — remember as a kid, you didn’t have a phone. Be fully present when you’re in play mode.
And don’t forget to wear sunscreen, drink water, and eat watermelon 🙂
Now I would love to hear from you.
Are you doing anything to give yourself a summer break? What does your summer self-care look like? Let me know in the comments below and I look forward to connecting and going deeper with you… just not every week, for the time being 😉 Sending much love, self-care, and gratitude.