With summer in full swing, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of a self-care routine lately. Long days, warm nights and adventures make for the perfect opportunity to take small steps towards positive self-care. I’ve collaborated with Emma Giddens to bring you the best summer self-care tips and tricks for your routine!
Make The Best Of Your Mornings
I’ve recently been starting my days off early in the morning, leaping out of bed and making a hearty breakfast for myself. Rather than staying in bed longer than you need, start the day off early whether it be with breakfast, yoga or a shower. When I start my mornings this way, I feel so much more energized and ready to take on the day ahead of me!
Have An Exercise Routine
If you know me, you’ll know that I hate running and even going to the gym is often the last priority on my to do list. Instead, I practice yoga and follow other workout plans that I find fun and motivating. Exercise releases endorphins and makes you feel good! This is something most of us already know, but for those of you like me who don’t really enjoy certain exercises it can be tough to motivate yourself. Find workout videos on youtube that you enjoy, try yoga, or head out for a walk instead of a run.
Check In With Yourself
Sundays are my self check in days. I take out my planner and write down what I’d done for myself during the week. I look at what more I can do for myself the following week, and if there are any things I feel I need. Did I do one thing during the week that helped me simply feel better? Designate one day of the week to check in with yourself to see how you’re doing. Having a day where you are a priority will help remind you that you too are important.
We all need those days where we spend the day treating ourselves, right? It can be a trip to the spa, getting your nails or hair done, or simply indulging in something that makes you happy. I recently treated myself to a spa treatment on my birthday and was surprised at how amazing I felt afterwards! I realized how rarely I take the time and money to invest in a day for myself. Even the smallest thing can make a difference in how you feel.
After years of trying to become the person I thought those around me expected me to be, I decided to let go. I have learned that the more you accept yourself for who you are, the better you feel about yourself as a person. None of us are perfect, and we are all so uniquely different. I’ve started to learn who I am by spending time with myself and have learned to accept myself, flaws and all!