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Even though autumn will always have my heart and soul, summer is one of my favorite times to really focus in on my daily self care routine.
I feel more at ease, I (seem) to have more time on my hands, and everything has a life and vibrancy about it.
And yet I feel more relaxed at the same time.
I believe that’s how our self care rituals should be—infused with life but relaxed and peaceful. Mimicking nature in the summer time.
When the living is easy.
For a lot of people, summer time is a time to enjoy new and fun outdoor activities, go on road trips with friends, and attend music festivals and events.
…if you’re anything like this home-girl, that can get expensive reeeeal quick.
Your self care routine doesn’t need to be expensive though—I don’t believe it should be. You don’t have to fork over tons of cash to attend some froo-froo spa or go on a crazy shopping spree in the name of “self care.”
If you’re in need of some fun, no-cost ways to up yo’ self care this summer, here are 25 of my favorite ideas.
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1 | Go for a walk.
I thought I’d ease you in real slow…and it doesn’t get any cheaper than a walk. 😉
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise—it’s easy on your muscles and joints, and requires no equipment. Plus, you get that luscious vitamin D to work on your tan.
The next time you’re feeling cooped up inside and ready to enjoy some fabulous warm weather this summer, go for a walk and take in some fresh air.
2 | Go hiking.
If you’re ready for some intermediate activity, grab your best friends and go for a hike.
I’mma be honest with you…I’m not 100% on board with the hiking thing. I’m sort of too girly for that. Bugs flying in my mouth and sweating my booty off on the side of a mountain ain’t really my scene.
But I know for some, hiking is a fun adventure and perfect way to get your body movin’ and grovin’.
3 | Give yourself an at-home manicure/pedicure.
Okay, this is more my thang.
There’s just something about doing my nails that is so therapeutic and relaxing to me.
Plus, I’m a happier girl when my nails are did.
4 | Read a book.
Ever since my family got Internet back when I was in the 3rd grade (circa 2001), I haven’t picked up a book.
Basically, what I’m saying is that I can be really remiss when it comes to reading. And I LOVE to read. When I was younger (before the whole Internet thing…), I loved going to the library with my grandmother. I’d bring home 10 books at a time and devour them.
Now, I don’t read as often as I’d like, but I’m trying to do better. Every time I pick up a book, I get lost in the story and am reminded just how much I love them.
What are you reading right now? I’ve got a “To Read” list that’s a mile long.
5 | Do some yoga.
You don’t have to join a fancy class at your gym to get your stretch on.
Just roll out a mat in your room and find your “Om.” Yoga is about finding and moving with your breath to center yourself and gain some mental clarity.
In between fun summer festivities, coming back to your mat on a daily basis can be a good way to release stress and wind down.
If you find yourself not wanting to work out during the summer because of the heat, yoga is a perfect way to get in a workout without breaking (too much) of a sweat.
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6 | Journal.
I’m already a notebook fanatic and a blogger, so journaling naturally goes along with that, right?
I just have this ideal vision in my head of laying out in the grass, on a blanket, under a blue sky, journaling my little heart out and recording big dreams on paper.
Sounds peaceful, doesn’t it? You know it does.
I communicate through writing much better than through speech (hello, introvert). If you’re an introvert too, give journaling a shot for those moments when you really need to get your thoughts down on paper.
I recently gave bullet journaling a try, and became completely obsessed with this new hobby. Have you tried bullet journaling?
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7 | Dance.
I really love dancing…just usually not in front of people.
I like to tell myself that I have insane rhythm and that I don’t dance like a white girl, but I don’t know how true that is.
Dancing is another great form of exercise, so the next time you’re in your kitchen, waiting on your food to cook, break it down with your bad self. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that.
Maybe even have a dance part with a couple of friends and go crazy. That is, if you’re not like me, and you don’t mind people seeing your moves.
8 | Draw or practice hand-lettering.
Dig out those old markers and colored pencils you haven’t touched since you were 10, and get a little artsy-fartsy.
I literally just did this a few weeks ago, I kid you not.
I got out my old sketchpad from high school, dumped out my old markers, scrambled to find my old colored pencils, and got busy wit it. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably succumbed to the hand-lettering/brush-lettering phases and fanatics and are following a few hand-lettering accounts on Instagram, like this one here. Or this one. Or this one.
Well, I decided I was done salivating over all the gorgeous techniques and flourishes, and I was gonna try it for myself.
While I’m no where near the talent of some of these creatives, it was still super fun, and a different way to get out my creative urges.
Have you tried your hand (see what I did there?) at brush-lettering before?
9 | Go for a bike ride.
If you have a bike, grab a friend who has one too, and go for a spin. I always forget how much I enjoy riding a bike until I’m actually on one—it makes me feel like a little kid again.
You can’t enjoy the fresh air breeze in your hair and the sun on your face in a spin class, cooped up indoors.
10 | Indulge in a DIY face mask.
You don’t need any of the over-hyped products on the market to pamper your skin.
Just use ingredients already found in your kitchen to achieve that dewy, summer glow.
Try a coffee sugar scrub—all you’ll need is 3 ingredients:
- 1 spoonful of melted, organic coconut oil
- 1/8 cup of fresh coffee grounds
- 1/8 cup of brown sugar
Combine all the above ingredients in a small jar. You can keep the jar in your shower and use it in place of your regular body wash to have smooth skin all summer.
Tip: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give your skin and senses an added boost.
11 | Make popsicles at home.
There’s nothing better on a hot, summer day than an ice cold treat. Popsicles are so easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
I love putting my own flavor on popular foods—like popsicles—by adding organic fruit or fresh fruit juice.
If you’ve got some overripe fruit or leftover juice, try coming up with your own new flavors, such as blueberry lemon or these yummy mango, coconut, and lime fruit pops.
If you have little siblings or children, this would be a fun, no-hassle activity to do with them, too.
12 | Visit a park.
When the weather starts warming up, my best friends and I love to spend time at our local park, which is one of the most beautiful in Tennessee (shameless, totally unbiased opinion).
It has long trails to walk down and cute lil’ ducks and geese—that poop everywhere, but that’s beside the point.
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13 | Have a picnic.
Get out your checkered blanket (because you can’t have a real picnic without one), pack up some sandwiches or your favorite leftovers, and head to the park with a friend or your significant other for the quintessential picnic experience.*
*Ants and/or squirrels nibbling your food probably included.
14 | Host a movie + coffee day.
If the heat index is getting to be too much for you, invite your best gal pals over for a movie day spent inside with a caffeinated treat.
Binge on all the chick-flicks to your heart’s content. Legally Blonde? Mean Girls, anyone? (Side note: do you or do you not agree that Mean Girls is the most quotable movie on the face of the planet?)
Bonus points if you make homemade cinnamon rolls, too. What movie day is complete without coffee + cinnamon rolls??
15 | Go to your local farmer’s market.
I recently went to the farmer’s market near where I live and absolutely loved it. My favorite thing about farmer’s markets is that they’re so unique depending on where you live, so it’s a different experience for everyone.
…and my other favorite thing are all the yummy treats that are for sale.
Check when your farmer’s market starts up in your city and buy local!
16 | Go to a local museum.
If I haven’t told you by now, I’m a HUGE history buff. Like, it’s a legit obsession.
If I’m not watching the Real Housewives of Wherever, chances are, I’m watching some random historical docudrama I found on Netflix.
There is no in-between.
So I love any time I can go scope out some hidden treasure of a museum—there are several near where I live.
If you want to learn something new this summer, spend some time browsing the museums in your area (my favorite are the interactive ones!)
17 | Develop a new hobby.
If you find yourself with too much extra time on your hands during the summer months, it could be a good time to start investing and working on a new hobby.
During other seasons of the year when I feel more rushed and harried, I put off trying new things because I “don’t have the time.”
No more excuses during the summer.
Wanting to perfect your cooking skills?
Give hand-lettering a go like I mentioned above?
Try a new sport?
Now’s your chance.
18 | Go to a carnival or fair.
In my hometown, there is a fair that comes by once during the summer.
There are games, rides, and plenty of tempting carnival junk food…cotton candy, I’m looking at you. While the food and games may not be free, a trip to a fair for the rides alone makes for a fun day.
19 | Blog.
If you’re a fellow blogger, finding the time to devote to building your blog during the rest of the year can seem overwhelming. But blogging doesn’t have to be complicated—it’s all about what you decide to put into it, and that will look different for everyone.
If you’ve been waiting for a good opportunity to grow your blog, use summer as your chance to get ahead and work on your website.
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20 | Explore your own neighborhood.
We’re moving further and further away from the times when people knew their neighbors by name and viewed them as close friends.
Let’s work on getting back to that.
Take some time today to go on a walk and explore where you live. Get to know those in your neighborhood and don’t be afraid to say “hey” or smile at someone—you never know when you can make someone’s day better just by the little things like that.
If you’ve got new neighbors moving in, take them a welcome basket to make them feel more at home. I know they would appreciate it, and you may even make a new friend.
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21 | Spend the day at a lake or pool.
You didn’t think I’d leave out a water-related activity, did you?
Even though I don’t really like getting my hair wet (#curlygirlproblems), summer isn’t summer without whippin’ out that bikini and soaking up some rays near a large body of water.
Give me a donut pool floaty and an umbrella drink, and I’m ready.
Grab your friends and some snackage and make it an all-day affair.
22 | Clean your space.
I become irrationally stressed out to the max when my room or work space is a disaster…it just makes me subconsciously agitated and tense.
I’ve noticed that I feel a lot more at peace, calm, and relaxed when the space I’m living in is tidy and put together—and preferably decorated with cute throw pillows and sassy wall decor.
Spend just 15 minutes cleaning up your room or your office and then see how you feel. I really try to live by the rule “touch it once.” In other words, if you touch an object, put it in it’s rightful place right then and be done with it.
Or as my grandma likes to say, “A place for everything and everything in its place.”
How cute is she, right?! I love her so much.
23 | Take a free class online.
Want to learn and master a new skill or subject? Try taking a course online.
What subject do you want to learn more about? I’d love to take a few classes on graphic design—I find it fascinating and really enjoy learning all I can about it.
24 | Have a water balloon fight.
Instead of tossing those leftover balloons from your last party, get a group of friends together and start a water balloon fight.
It’s just as fun as a food fight, but you won’t get mashed potatoes in your hair.
25 | Stargaze.
The night before I graduated college, a group of my best friends and I walked up to a large hill overlooking our university, spread out a blanket, and just talked and stargazed for a couple of hours.
It’s still one of my favorite memories of my time in college.
For your best chance at seeing a lot of stars, find an open field or use a friend’s backyard that isn’t near any city lights, and go on a night that’s clear with low smog/humidity.
Tip: Did you know July and August are the best months to catch a meteor shower (shooting stars)? Check to see if there are any meteor showers coming up in the next few weeks so you’ll be sure to see them.
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Self care doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to cost a dang thing. Self care just has to nourish your mind, body, and soul and create a safe space for you to be your best self.
That is all.
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What are your favorite free ways to practice self care during the summer months? Share them below—I’d love to get some new ideas!
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