Summer is in full swing, and we are feeling the brunt of it. The temperature often reaches 35 degrees and the humidity is making us all feel gross at best. I know personally, I have chosen hiding in my house with the windows covered over enjoying this heat, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Being constantly sticky and uncomfortable can make you feel down in the dumps and like you are wasting the summer, so here are 10 awesome summer themed self care activities for when you just don’t feel your best.
Sit in the car during a thunder storm
One of my all time favourite things are thunder storms. I remember when I was a kid, sitting in the car with my dad, counting the seconds between the thunder and the lightning. It’s not only the best way to hear the rain and see the lightning, but it is also the safest place to be, because of the rubber from the tires. (or at least that’s what my dad always told me)
Take a walk at sunset
Nothing is better than watching the sky change from blue, to purple and pink. There is just something about the sunset in the summertime that makes people feel good. The temperature starts to drop, and you can safely go outside without risking heatstroke. Not to mention, the world is beautiful, and plainly put, it’s just pretty to look at.
Have a midnight picnic and look at the stars
Whether you are interested in astrology, believe the moon has powers, or just love the stars, this is something I recommend for everyone. There is something so calming about being awake when most people aren’t, looking at the stars, and enjoying the silence.
Road trip with good music
With friends, with a pet, or alone, driving down the street blaring your favourite song at the moment will fix anything that ails ya. I promise, belting out the chorus of your favourite song does a body good.
Take a hike in the woods
It’s no secret that physical health leads to mental health. Getting outside and being active can make you feel just as good mentally as it can physically. Bonus points if you are surrounded by nature. Extra bonus points if at the end of the hike is a beautiful view.
Take a stroll after it’s rained
This was on my spring self care bucket list, because I truly believe the smell of rain on pavement can make anyone feel better. Yes, it is great in the spring, but in the summer just after a sun shower, taking a stroll is amazing.
Get up early and watch the sunrise
This was also in my spring self care bucket list, but maybe for this one, try staying up all night. Yes, there’s nothing more important that getting sleep, and trust me, I get on average 12 hours of sleep a night, so I know it’s important. But there’s something special about waiting to see the sunrise.
Take a nap when it gets too hot and don’t feel bad about it
Sometimes, deep into the summer, it just gets TOO hot. Whether you spent the day on the lake, or on your couch, sometimes a nap is necessary. Take that nap. And don’t feel bad about it.
Make a healthy summer dinner with fresh ingredients
Some of the best ingredients grow in the summer. If you have a garden, pick some veggies and incorporate them into your dinner, and if you don’t, buy some fresh local veggies from a place near you. Corn on the cob is great, but fresh local corn on the cob is better.
Write a bucket list of your own
while these things are generally pretty great, everyone is different. Make a bucket list that suits yourself. Just the act of putting all the things you want to do into a list can be self care on its own. But doing them is the best part.