You’ve planned all the summer activities for the family, but have you thought about your summer self-care plan? Moms usually plan vacations, enroll the kids in camp(s), sign them up for VBS, and everything else. This year I decided to make sure I am scheduling a little self-care for me at the same time.
Now, self-care has become a trending phrase on every social platform, and some of us may even be tired (and a little annoyed) when the topic comes up, but honestly, we cannot continue to use the same excuses to avoid it.
What I am suggesting does not have to cost much, nor require a lot of time. Before we jump into the tips, think about your day, look at your family calendar, and see where you can find 30–45 minutes of time. Talk to your spouse/partner/village and communicate that this time needs to be honored and uninterrupted. And, yes, I hear you groaning, and I see your eyes rolling as you think all about how this time absolutely does not exist. Let me challenge you to prioritize yourself and make time. Say no to something if you must. You have more time than you think.
Once a designated time has been established, decide what you’ll do with your time—what brings you joy! Here are the three that I will be indulging in this summer:
Evening and/or Morning Routine
Skincare in the morning or a bath time soak at night is a self-care moment for me. Make it luxurious by lighting a candle or diffusing oils, dimming the lights, adding fresh flowers to your vanity, turning up your favorite playlist, or simply taking your time going through your routine. Sometimes slowing down can bring a certain level of peace to your day. Ultimately, make it a moment you will enjoy.
Reading and Journaling
There are so many books that I want to get through this summer, so any downtime I have in between pick-ups and drop-offs, my nose is in my e-reader. If not that, I am journaling in my digital journal to capture all of the moments that I’ll never want to forget. I like taking the digital route on these things because it’s something I can do on the go while I’m waiting on my girls’ swim classes to end.
A regular therapy session does the mind good. This year, I committed to inner healing, and therapy has been a part of that process. This is something that’s important to me because I want to be sure that I’m not passing any unprocessed traumas to my husband and children. The best gift you can give them is the best version of you, and therapy can help you do that.
If these three are not your vibe, no worries! Here are more ideas to get you started:
- Healthy eating
- Window shopping
- Coffee with a mom friend
The options are endless, and I have a whole Pinterest board to prove it!
Implement self-care as much as possible throughout the week. You deserve this, and you work too hard to not make time for yourself. Give yourself grace, and let me know how you decide to take care of yourself this summer.