Creating a Summer Self-Care Plan. . .

The changing weather reminds me that we’re in a season of change, it is nearly summer and the solstice is rapidly approaching. This all makes me think that I need to adjust my wardrobe, my food choices and my self-care practices to appropriately align with the season.

Some of the things I’ll want to include in my self-care plan will be:

  • Giving in to the sun’s invitation to be outside – for me, mornings are best, because I’ll make excuses once the mid-day temperatures climb.
  • Appreciating the summer’s bounty of fresh fruits & vegetables – they have so much more flavor than the canned and frozen varieties I tend to select all winter!
  • Adjusting to the long stretches of daylight, which for me will mean going to bed anyway, even if the lingering daylight beckons me to keep long evenings and later sleep schedules.

If you’re up for formally writing down what you might want to include in YOUR self-care plan, consider this excellent article by the writers at CALM available at —

A long, light haired person lounges in a hammock, reading. The hammock is tied between two sturdy, wooden pillars on a deck of a log cabin. There are trees and green grass in the background.

The CALM article lists seven potential benefits of crafting a self-care plan listing:

  • 1.      Enhancing physical health
  • 2.      Reducing stress and anxiety
  • 3.      Improving mental health
  • 4.      Boosting self-esteem and self-compassion
  • 5.      Encouraging a healthier work-life balance
  • 6.      Promoting emotional resilience
  • 7.      Strengthening relationships

Surely, we all need something on that list (if not all of it) and the change of seasons is a great invitation to reconsider what are needs are for this season of the year, and perhaps for this season of our lives.

These authors also invite us to reflect on our progress. For me, that means journaling as the summer progresses, and looking at my food & sleep tracker to see if I’m meeting my goals or slipping back into old, familiar habits.

They also advise seeking support – an accountability buddy – for the decisions you want to make or the life-changes you want to establish.  That can be a friend or a family member, but it can also be a Health & Wellness Coach, if you’re so inclined to formalize the commitment!

Need some help to get started? Read the article (link noted above) or set up a time to talk with me about how to go about creating healthy change in your life. You can always reach me via my website scheduling option

Consider that wellness is holistic – it isn’t just one part of you, it encompasses all the parts! You might explore a wellness wheel. One example is available through the University of Minnesota at:

Who else needs this reminder as we go into summer?  Feel free to share (forward) this email to someone you know and love who would value the encouragement to take better, intentional care of themselves this summer!

And, while you’re at it, consider who might welcome this weekly message from me? They are welcome to subscribe to my Monday mailing, Simple Self-Care Strategies, by filling out the simple request on the blog page of my website:

Your personal recommendation is powerful and may introduce someone to self-care who genuinely needs the information available here!  Please, consider being an ambassador for wellbeing in this way!

Wishing you a wonderful summer, and a solid plan for practicing self-care all summer long!

Self-care is every conscious action you take that feeds your soul, nourishes your body, nurtures your spirit, or replenishes your relationship with yourself!

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I help other caregivers – both professionals and family caregivers – acknowledge their pain and learn to practice the many small skills of self-care that can sustain them through the challenges of wholeheartedly caring for others.

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