Carla Calderas, MA, LPC
4 Self-Care Tips For This Summer
It is important that you continue to invest in yourself and you set things in place for self-care. Read below for 4 self-care tips for this summer.
It is important to have a morning routine during the summer. Your routine can incorporate anything from drinking lemon water first thing in the morning to going for a run. Check out Calderas Counseling-Health & Wellness Group for ideas and to find out what others are doing for their morning routine.
2-Consistent Waking Schedule.
Waking up at the same time daily can help with keeping a healthy sleeping schedule. It can be easy to wake up early if we force ourselves and we have something to do but when the weekend comes we may feel like sleeping in and being lazy. Waking up at different times every day can stress your body. Try waking up at the same time, even if you are not waking up at 5 am because you have to get the kids ready for school, try waking up at 7 am; that way you still get to sleep in and you maintain a consistent waking schedule.
3-Take Time To Socialize And Build Relationships.
Summer is a great time to catch up with friends or even make friends. Try checking in with your high-school or college friends. You can also organize a get together at your home and play some board game. What about a girls night out? If you have been so busy doing life or you need to make some new friends, try going to a coffee shop and saying hi to another person sitting alone. Maybe you can join a Meetup group or Facebook group that organizes in-person events. What about organizing your own group and inviting church acquaintances, neighbors or people you have seen at your gym class (hey, you have to start somewhere!). Making friends can be intimidating and it seems that it gets harder as we get older. Push yourself to get out of your comfort zone and make some new friends this summer! During the school year, we can get carried away and so busy with our marriage, work, kids, and errands, so this summer reach out to some old friends or make new ones.
4-Focus On What Brings You Joy.
If spending time with your kids fills you up, then spend the time with them; take them to the park, do arts and crafts with them, or take them to the pool. If being with the kids is overwhelming, take some time to be alone; schedule alone time like you would schedule a doctor’s appointment. Maybe you like coloring or painting, take the time to do it. If working out bring you joy, then go for it! There is nothing wrong with working out twice a day. This summer take the time doing what brings you joy and being with people who bring you joy (people who value you, appreciate you, and love you).
Have a wonderful summer!