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8 Summer Self-Care Activities You Haven’t Considered

Welcome to the 1st week of summer! Don’t let it go to waste by sticking to the same ol’ routine! Consider this list of self-care activities before winter returns!

  1. Enjoy an animated movie! Finding Dory was released last week and me and my mom can’t wait to see it. Plus, the theater will keep you nice and cool!
  2. Take your coloring and painting projects outdoors! Invite younger family members who are on summer break and join them in some creative painting or coloring! Speaking of Finding Dory, I am including a link to free Finding Dory coloring pages from Mommy Mafia’s website!
  3. DIY projects: What kind of projects am I talking about? Sewing a summer dress, beading jewelry for yourself or as a gift, home décor, knitting or crocheting, office décor, flower arranging, making your own foot scrub or bath soak, etc. Tip: Walk around your local hobby store and see what jumps out at you or visit my Pinterest page for my Project-ish Board! 
  4. Find a local pool and cool off. Jump in for a few laps, bring a magazine and lounge or get some much needed Vitamin D. Maybe a nearby hotel has a local deal!!
  5. Take your workout outdoors. Find a local trail and split up your run into lunges and quick sprints. Use a bench for tricep dips, use bleachers for stair climbing or do a night bike ride with friends or the kids.
  6. Find a nearby location that you have never visited and act like a tourist. Changing our environment helps us get out of our head. This is why many (like myself) find travelling rejuvenating. After my puppy passed away, me, my mom and my husband needed to get out of the house. We went to a nearby city, ate lunch and explored antique shops. It helped distract us, took us away from the emptiness at home and tired us out.
  7. Arrange a date with a friend for pampering. If money is tight, venture to the drugstore together and pick up face masks, manicure tools and bright nail polishes. Add some snacks, beverages and music and you have a spa party!
  8. Find local events that require you to be outside (weather permitting). For example, farmers markets, outdoor concerts, outdoor theater performances, pool parties, patio brunches, dinner cruises, art festivals, pet festivals, charity events or marathons. Fresh air distracts us from our destructive thoughts! Tip: Follow your cities events page on Facebook!

The summer season can be a time of growth, renewal and a time to drop fears and routines. Winter weather places limitations on taking our self-care outdoors. Take advantage of the longer days and sunshine- You Deserve It!

 Challenge: Pick a new summer self-care activity and post a picture on Facebook or Instagram. Tag me using the hashtag #thefocusonyou! 

 

How To Start Planning For The Summer

 

Is anyone else excited/surprised that it’s almost June?? If you’re a teacher or student it may take everything to hold in your excitement! Parents may have mixed emotions: thankful for a break from school activities and homework OR anxious about how to entertain their little ones the next few months.

 

Here are some thoughts I’m considering as we hit the mid-year mark.

 

  • As a new blogger I’m always concerned about my brand. This would be a good time to take stock of inventory: usefulness of apps, business cards, other blogging tools. In addition, am I satisfied with the image my brand provides? Are my readers satisfied?
  • Whether or not you did your Spring Cleaning in the last few months, it would be a good time to take another look at your house/environment. Is my yard appealing to me? Is it ready for summer guests? Do I need a new look in my bedroom or bathroom? If summer guests are heading your way it would be smart to look at new decorations or essentials (pillows, cool linens) that will keep your guests comfortable! Check out my Pinterest boards for grilling ideas and patio inspiration!
  • Have I fully pulled my winter wardrobe from my closet? I admittedly still have a bag of scarves without a home. I use under-the-bed bags and clear closet boxes from The Container Store to hide off season goodies. I also just transferred my cold weather work pants to my “winter” closet in order to make room for my summer skirts and capris. Mind you, I live in Las Vegas, which means 2 things: It’s crazy hot in the summer and our homes are large enough to have extra closet space!
  • Last but not least, if the long sunny days will provide extra leisure time, have you thought about a summer book selection? I just finished Thrive by Arianna Huffington and am currently reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. I admit that I get stuck on self-help books and really need to read more for pleasure.  Although this isn’t a “pleasure” book, I am tempted to read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Apparently it normalizes organizing and actually makes it sound appealing! What are you looking forward to reading this summer?

 

Whether you plan on travelling, lounging at home or making a few small trips this summer, it would be wise to take inventory in our business life, home environment and on our self-care list!

 

Having something to look forward to makes our hard work all worth it!!

 

Did I miss anything in this list? What changes will you make to help get your summer started??!!

 

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