10 Simple Summer Self-Care Practices Every Mom Should Try

10 Simple Summer Self-Care Practices Every Mom Should Try

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Before diving into the exact summer self-care practices, I would like to highlight one important aspect that is not easy to keep in mind as a mom, but I think we should – or at least try to 😊

Do What Makes You Happy!

Can cleaning be considered to be “self-care”? No way, I would say… But how come then that a few weeks ago when I had a “free” morning, I decided to go for it and started to tidy our home. Actually, I felt stressed about a couple of things on my to-do list by then and even reading or just watching a film seemed to be attractive options, I know myself well enough to understand that until the house is a mess, I will not be able to relax 🤷‍♀️

So even though it might sound crazy, for my peace of mind and to get rid of stress my best self-care choice was cleaning. And you know what, even though sometimes I really hate it, on that day, I felt it so relaxing! The physical activity combined with some creative rearrangements in the rooms was worth a lot more then a day spent in a spa would have been.

What I am trying to explain is that you know yourself the best, and you know at the exact moment when you have some me-time what would make you happy – so just go for it, and prioritize what makes you happy, even if it sounds crazy, or totally stupid and unreasonable like cleaning! 

By the way, I re-started horseback riding due to a pretty similar “just go for it” self-care choice a few years ago as well 😅

1. Start Your Day Right

When our morning is a mess (yes, it happens in a more or less Organized Family as well 😅), I feel it during the whole day, I do not find my place, and I get tired and lose my temper faster… So I try to emphasize “happy mornings”. How to start your day right? For me, it is a short exercise that wakes me up and transfers me from “Mama Dragon” to someone nicer 😉 

But here are some more ideas to have a good start to your mornings:

  • First Thing: Begin your day with a moment of quiet time. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while the house is still quiet. 
  • Gratitude Journal: Write down three things you’re grateful for. It sets a positive tone for the day.

2. Get Moving

As I am getting older I feel even more need for regular physical activity. Add some walks or hikes to your daily routine as a self-care practice this summer! 

Or try the following:

  • Bike Ride: Take advantage of the warmer temperatures and go for a bike ride. It’s a great way to get fresh air and exercise.
  • New Exercise: Try something new like yoga on a yoga mat in your backyard. It’s an easy way to incorporate physical health into your routine.

3. Embrace the Outdoors

It’s a bit related to the previous one, but as the sun stays longer and longer, I prefer to stay outside as much as possible! It is so relaxing to have a picnic in the nearby park. Depending on where you live, you can also go for:

  • Beach Days: Pack up the family and head to the beach. The combination of sun, sand, and sea is rejuvenating.
  • Farmer’s Market: Visit your local farmer’s market for fresh flowers and fresher foods. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the season and support local farmers.

4. Healthy Eating Habits

As a young adult, I did not care about food at all… in my late 20ies it turned out that gluten and dairy were not my friends, so I started to be more and more mindful of eating. I would say I overcomplicated it for some time with unreasonably strict rules. But by now we have managed to find a healthy balance 😊 So how can a busy mom practice self-care during summer by healthy eating habits?

  • Healthy Eating: Summer is perfect for eating lighter and healthier. Enjoy good food like salads and fruits that are in season.
  • Stay Hydrated: Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Hydration is key, especially during the summer heat.

5. Find Little Moments for Yourself

Enroll the kids in extracurricular activities. This gives them something fun to do and gives you a little downtime, and some little moments for you as well 😉

  • Good Book: Take some time each day to read a good book. It’s a great escape and helps lower stress levels.
  • Face Mask & Bubble Bath: Pamper yourself with an at-home spa day. A face mask and bubble bath can do wonders for your skin and mental well-being. 🛁

6. Social and Emotional Health

Self-care does not need to be done alone!

  • Quality Time with Family: Summer break is a great time for spending time with the entire family. Plan some fun summer activities together.
  • Support System: Lean on your support system. Whether it’s family members or friends, social time is important for emotional health.

7. Manage Screen Time

Ah, I feel sometimes that infinite scrolling is just eating up my time… I need healthy screen time habits as well, not only my Daughter 😅 

I will try these this summer:

  • Limit Social Media: Social media can sometimes add stress. Try to reduce your screen time and focus on real-life connections.
  • Outdoor Movies: Instead of watching TV indoors, set up an outdoor movie night. It’s a fun way to enjoy the evening with the family.

8. Little Changes for Big Impact

If you are striving for some improvement in your life, remind yourself that you do not need to do it all at once! Go on with baby steps:

  • Healthy Habits: Incorporate small changes into your routine. Simple things like a daily walk can significantly boost your energy levels.
  • Self-Care Routine: Make self-care a part of your day. Even little moments, like taking deep breaths, can improve your mental health.

9. Fun Summer Ideas

Having fun and laughing with your Loved Ones… who said it does not count as self-care? Honestly, I think it is on the top of my self-care activity list 😊 Do you need some easy and fun summer ideas?

  • Ice Cream Outing: Take the kids for ice cream, or on an excursion nearby. It’s a fun treat and a great way to cool down on sunny days.
  • Summer Playlist: Create a summer feel-good playlist. Music is a fantastic way to lift your spirits and add good vibes to your day.

10. Reflect and Relax

Summers when kids are small pass pretty fast… well, when you fear a 9-week summer break it might seem to last forever… 🤪 But believe me, these are the years when you can collect together those amazing memories as a family together! Grab the opportunity and try to stay in the moment!

  • End of the Day: Reflect on your day before bed. Write in your gratitude journal and take deep breaths to wind down.
  • Self-Care Activities: Whether it’s a bubble bath, reading, or simply enjoying some quiet time, make sure to prioritize your personal needs.

You know, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Taking care of your personal life and mental health will help you be the best version of yourself. 

So, let’s embrace the sun-filled days and make the most of these summer months. 🌞

Happy summer, mama! 💖

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