By Paige Rocker, LPC-Associate
Supervised by Jennifer Buffalo, LPC-S, LMFT
The summer season is upon us, bringing with it the celebrations of summer madness! It’s the perfect time to kick back, relax, and carve out some well-deserved time for yourself. Summer offers us a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with ourselves and prioritize self-care. But first, let’s address a common misconception: Is self-care selfish? The truth is, self-care means different things to different people, and it’s essential to understand that it’s far from a selfish act. It’s entirely okay to invest time in yourself while also being there for others. These two aspects of your life can coexist harmoniously, even if it might seem contradictory at first.
Now, let’s dive into the importance of making self-care a daily practice in our lives. In the midst of soccer games, playdates, and our regular routines, it’s easy to forget to carve out time for our own well-being. Yes, you heard that right – your own well-being! Self-care can manifest in both physical and mental forms, and it helps create the best version of ourselves. When we’re constantly feeling empty, exhausted, or stressed, we can’t be the best parent, child, employee, partner, or friend we aspire to be.
You might be thinking, “I don’t have the financial means for self-care.” Well, fear not, because I’m here to provide you with some cost-effective self-care ideas that won’t break the bank. It’s okay not to know where to start; I’ve got you covered with simple, natural, and convenient ways to take care of yourself:
- HYDRATION: Did you know that staying hydrated is a form of self-care? Especially during the scorching summer months, drinking enough water is crucial for your well-being.
- Find a Peaceful Place to Exist: Consider using a free meditation app to help lower your stress levels during the summer. Give your mind a break and a chance to decompress.
- Celebrate by Moving Your Body: Even if you find it challenging to engage in traditional exercise due to anxiety or depression, physical activity can be a powerful self-care tool. It doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym; it could be as simple as mindful walking, dancing in your kitchen, or following a free HIIT workout on YouTube.
- Sleep In: Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of sleep. As we embrace the longer daylight hours of summer, it can be tempting to stay up late. However, prioritizing adequate sleep is a vital form of self-care. The combination of sunlight and heat may pose challenges, but remember, self-care is not indulgence. It’s perfectly acceptable to honor your need for rest.
In summary, self-care is a practice and a delicate balance. It’s not something you should do sporadically but rather incorporate into your daily routine. Contrary to what some may believe, self-care isn’t selfish; it’s an essential element for restoring balance in our everyday lives. So, this summer, make self-care a priority and watch as it transforms not only your well-being but also your ability to be the best version of yourself for those you care about. Embrace the season of self-care and celebrate the unique and wonderful individual that you are. 🌞💚 #SelfCare #SummerWellness #BalanceYourLife