Just like that we are in a new season..SUMMER is finally here!!!
It has been scorching hot where I am as soon as Summer arrived. I am very blessed to experience every season the exact way it should be. In recent years, I have really been trying to embrace every season for what it brings, because each season most definitely has unique gifts to offer.
I wanted to come on here and motivate you with some ideas on welcoming Summer. I did write up a similar post on welcoming Spring but I will try my best to make this fresh and appealing.
Firstly, I would like you to cultivate a mindset of transition and treat this like project YOU. Of course we all make changes, but often times we make these changes on autopilot. I really want you to bring presence to this, I want you to bring back enjoyment of serving yourself and your needs. I want to remind you to enjoy life, in the MIDST of the STRUGGLE. There will always be something tugging at you and always something seemingly important to distract you. Living is for NOW, in between it all; Something we are not often reminded.
So the first thing I want to encourage you to do is a written brain dump. Write down all your personal complaints- and then go back and try and write down solutions for yourself. Sometimes solutions include cutting things or people out. Other times it can mean delegating tasks, maybe an earlier wake up time or eating better can help. Solitude to think things through and have time for yourself OR it can also be investing in yourself. Perhaps getting away for a while to a new environment, or reinventing yourself. Your solutions are many, you just have to invest some time to listen to yourself and actually be honest about your thoughts and feelings however painful.
It is very important you do the above to get some clarity, otherwise you will serve yourself the wrong solutions.
Smoothies: I am trying to commit to a daily morning smoothie or some fruits and water as a start to my day; leaving myself an hour before I have anything else to eat. This morning it was a batch of strawberries and water! I usually opt for a simple green smoothie of Spinach, Banana, dates or figs with almond milk. If you want to get your nutrients in, shed some winter weight and heal your body then smoothies are a great way to start your day. Note, that it is best not to consume coffee beforehand and also to give yourself some time to absorb all the goodness into your body!
Adventure and Play: Yesterday, my children and I went swimming but this time we went to swimming baths with swerving\swirling slides and we slid down in pairs several times. It was thrilling, I nurtured my inner child and raised my serotonin levels (the feel good chemical that regulates mood) through laughter and play, which lets face it- I don’t really get much of outside in the real world. This was also a great bonding time with my children. This Summer, search for small but consistent things you can do to raise your vibration and feel good hormones in your body.
Declutter: Something that I recently did was fold away ALL my Autumn\Winter clothing into separate wardrobes. I created a Spring and Summer wardrobe ‘capsule‘ if you like and I can now see all that I own and so I can make full use of the clothing I already have. If I do buy something new, I intend for it to be a neutral in tone so that it is versitile and I can wear it over and over again. Do you separate seasonal clothing? I love to organise and purge out once in a while but I thought I’d get more intensional and create new habits.
Connect: Reach out and connect with people from different walks of life, bond at least over one common thing. That could be a hobby, or the fact that you have kids of similar ages, culture, faith. Back in May, I reached out on Instagram to ask anyone who lived in and around the city I lived in, if they wanted to bond over activities for our children. I surprisingly got a couple of responses Ma Sha Allah and we met up the weekend after Eid.
I suggested we visit and meet up in the cities Anthropology and Cultural Museum. It was great because we were actually learning all about museums as part of our Nature Study! The day was nice, I always enjoy meeting new people. Also, Nothing ever goes smooth sailing ( lost my eldest for a good 10 mins) haha! but it is all in the perspective we bring to a situation. This Summer, search for people to bond over in a small area of your life, I think we need to get comfortable with not finding that one amazing friend or friends, but rather cultivate different people we can bond with over different things.
Rest: I have found being on the go and the outdoors healing but I also recognise my need to rest. The Summers before, if I’m honest I was trying to fill the mum guilt in me by going out at noon when the Sun was at its hottest. I love being out earlier, especially since I like to give the children time to wind down and have some free play in the evenings; instead of rushing them into bed. I guess I have to accept Summer is an exception. That we should leave later and come home later and maybe we should rush to bed?! That the mornings and early afternoons should be a time for the slow and rest. Of course that isn’t always possible because life, but I have made some tweaks for us. Just a thought!
Travel: This Summer, travel is not on the radar or atleast abroad anyway. I also want to be brave and not rule it out completely, so I hope to be investing in a getaway in the country we are living in! A change of environment and scenery is good for the soul. We can either dwell on what we can’t do or have or we can make the most of the opportunities at our fingers. I am choosing the latter. Give yourself the gift of travel, no matter WHERE that is, you’ll always have seen or learnt something new, if not about your environment, about YOU. I really love the quote ‘Travel far enough and you will meet yourself’ 🙂
Leave me comment below on some of your Self Care Summer ideas, I’d be interested to know and we could all benefit.