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Summer Self-Care Strategies

Summer tends to be a busy season. There is gardening and food preservation and more. Be sure to do them to the best of your ability by including these summer self-care strategies in your days.

Go On a Picnic

We as a society have moved away from the picnic but there’s a lot to be said for having one (or several). Picnics get us outside, hopefully disconnect us from our phones, and allow us to connect with loved ones over food. Make time for them and keep it simple.

Pack a simple meal with fresh, seasonal food. Just some finger foods is great. Simple blanket and water bottles or even a bottle of wine is everything else you need. 

Picnic table with lunch in front of the river.

Eat the Simple Summer Food

Summer provides an abundance of choice in fresh fruit and vegetables. Eat them often. Keep it simple and cool by eating simple plates. Slice raw vegetables and eat them with cheese and crackers. Make smoothies with the fruits. There’s no need for big or complicated meals during this season, let the fresh flavor be the star.

Baskets of peppers, beans, and cucumbers harvested from the garden.

Not only are these meals delicious, they’re healthy too. These are the kinds of meals and foods we can feel good about eating. Eating healthy fresh fruits and vegetables are the ultimate and easy self care strategy. 

Sit by a Campfire

Whether actually camping or using some kind of fire pit in the backyard, sit by a campfire. Relax with a mug of something delightful, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy some good company. Watch the stars and feel the warmth of the fire.

Resting by the campfire for summer self-care.

This is a very simple exercise but one that never fails to be soothing. It allows us to get away from all our modern gadgets and for a just a little bit connect with our more feral ancestors or at the very least our childhood. 

Keep Cool

Summer tends to be warm. Find ways to keep cool. This can mean sitting in air conditioning when necessary, it can also include swimming in a mountain lake. Sit outside in the cool evenings with an iced tea

View of lake from the beach.

The heat has a way of making everyone cranky at some point or another. Defeat that by caring for yourself and finding time and ways to stay cool. 

Stay Hydrated

Keeping the body hydrated is always important. Even more so, in the hot days of summer. Make healthy, delicious drinks from scratch and skip the sugar-laden, artificially colored drinks. 

Raspberry lemon balm shrub in a glass with extra pitcher, fresh raspberries, and lemon balm on a table.

Instead make refreshing herbal drinks, fruit smoothies, shrubs, and fermented drinks. These will keep you feeling satisfied and your body hydrated.

Summer is a busy time for sure. That doesn’t mean it should be all work. Remember to take time to keep yourself rejuvenated and running well with these summer self-care strategies. 

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Willow

Sunday 14th of June 2020

Excellent ideas! I am going to check out your recipes for summer drinks

Karen

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

Love these ideas! Thank you for sharing. I just ran across your shrub recipe the other day and am looking forward to trying it when the raspberries around here are in season. Thanks!

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