I know, I know. Self care this. Self care that. But just so you know, I’ve always been about self care. Longer than self care was a thing. It actually started 17 years ago during my first year of teaching. Yes, 17 years ago. Anyway, I had gone to the mall (when I actually enjoyed shopping) and I saw the prettiest ring. It was about $200, so it was a big deal for a young teacher. I told a fellow teacher about this ring, and you know what she said? Buy it. She told me to buy it because I deserve it. Needless to say, that was the beginning of my new mantra: I deserve it. So let me give you some summer self care ideas that you deserve.
Get a Diffuser
I live for my diffuser. It relaxes me and just makes my space feel calm. After I bought one for myself, I felt everyone in my life needed one, so that’s the gift I gave to all my friends and family. I’m not sure if they wanted it or if they use it, but I do believe they needed it. There are pricey diffusers and the cheaper ones, which work just as well. Here is a good one that has lasted years. You’ll also need some essential oils to add to your diffuser. There are a variety of scents that you may or may not like, so get a variety pack to find out what you do like.
Get a Massage
Getting a massage (or a facial) has many benefits. They allow you to relax and to help release toxins in the body. The days you’ve sat in front of your computer with your shoulders hunched over hasn’t done you any favors. The tension in your back can cause lots of pain including migraine headaches. Massages also force you to stop. Stop thinking. Stop doing. Stop worrying. They give you the healing time you need from the stressful school year.
Read a Book or Listen to a Podcast
Better yet, LISTEN to books while you’re on a walk. Once you find a good book you’ll want to keep walking. Eventually, you’ll crave that daily walk because you’ll be excited to get back into that book or podcast.
We all know exercise isn’t everyone’s favorite, but it really does make you feel better. Whether it be a hard core workout or just a walk, you will feel better. Chances are you’ll feel so good, you’ll want to do it again and again. But it does take time to get into a groove. Set up a time of day you’ll get out and get some exercise. Keep in mind, something is better than nothing.
Buy Something for Yourself
You deserve it! A friend bought herself a Stitch Fix box the last three months of school because she needed something to look forward to. This year has been difficult and we all need something to look forward to. Whether it be a new outfit, some new workout equipment, or some new pretty pens. Treat yourself!
In life we tend to take things for granted, but expressing gratitude can remind us that there are things to smile about. It can be something as simple as hot water in the shower, the butterflies in your garden, or a clean car. Before bed, think about something that you’re grateful for or journal your gratitude. On the bad days, look back at your journal as a reminder that there are things in life that are worth smiling about.
Get Some Sleep
Put the phone down. Turn off the TV. Turn on your diffuser and get some sleep. We know our bodies need rest in order to recover from the day. Without sleep, our bodies don’t function as well as they could. Make time to get some rest.
Go Out to Lunch. . . By Yourself
Time by yourself can be healthy. Everyone needs time for themselves, and you my friend, need some summer self care. If you’re not used to doing things alone, it might give you a new perspective. You might enjoy it and you might not, but it’s worth trying.
Take a Bubble Bath
Get some fragrant bubble bath and take a soak. Take a magazine in there if you need to. You might enjoy this brand or pick up something else that will make your relaxation time special.
Get a Pedicure
Or a manicure. You’ll feel pampered and your nails will look great. It’s simple, if we take time for ourselves we’ll be happier people. We’ve had one very long school year and it’s only fair that we take time to recuperate. An hour here, an hour there, will make a huge difference in both our physical and mental health.
Yoga has so many benefits. It helps reduce stress, makes you stronger, and just makes you feel good. Here are some more benefits, if you’re interested. There are a ton of great YouTube yoga videos out there, but let me help you with a personal favorite.
This year has been tough, but so are you. It’s time to take care of yourself and to recharge with some summer self care. Don’t pressure yourself to always have something going on. Doing a whole lot of nothing is good for you, too. Enjoy this Self Care BINGO to remind yourself that you need to take care of you.