A Checklist for Summer Self-Care
By Brandi Goodman
It's easy to feel down in the dumps when it's cold outside and you're stuck indoors often. When it's nice and sunny, though, you should be feeling great. Right? Not everyone actually feels OK just because the sun is shining. For some, the summer is an overwhelming time with reminders everywhere about the fun adventures they can't participate in. Make sure you keep a checklist for summer self-care so you can maintain your mental health when it matters most.
Spend Time Outside
Even if you aren't in the mood to do anything, sitting outside is better than sitting inside. It can help you get some fresh air and clear your mind. Don't stay seated on the couch. Grab a blanket and lay in the yard or sit outdoors in a lawn chair and take in the beauty of nature around you.
Make a Summer Playlist
Music is one thing that unites us all. Everyone has a favorite song or type of tune that really gets them feeling good. It can lift your spirits. Make a feel-good summer playlist that you can turn on when you're feeling sad and try to boost your mood.
Join a Community Event
Sometimes sitting alone can make us feel just that -- alone. You might be lonely and in need of some interaction with others. Join a community event. You can simply attend or even volunteer to be a part of it. If there's no events going on anytime soon, sign up for a volunteer opportunity elsewhere. Soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and even animal shelters are often in need of assistance. It can make you feel important to know you're helping out others and give you the interaction you need as well.
Try an At-Home Spa Day
You don't need to spend a bunch of money at a spa. Instead, try an at-home spa day with inexpensive options from the dollar store. Lots of scrubs, body washes, bath bombs, and more are available for cheap. Light a candle, soak your feet in a tub, and sit back and relax. It may be just what you need after a stressful day or week.
A summer self-care checklist can help you maintain your mental health this season. Do what you can to boost your mood and do what you need to feel re-energized. If you're still feeling down, it may be best to speak with a professional.
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