Self-Care Tips for this Summer - Human Options

We understand that the recent re-closures are stressful for everyone. It is important to make sure to take time for self-care. Here are some self-care tips from our therapists that everyone can try this summer.
Self-care is a process and it may look different for everyone. Before you start or jump into a new self-care journey, it can be helpful to know where you’re at right now. Evaluating what you’re currently doing can help you identify the areas that may need a bit more attention.
When it comes to taking care of yourself, consistency is key. Focus on activities that you can participate in regularly. Even if you can’t commit a significant amount of time, a few minutes of self-care a day is better than none at all.

Here are some self-care ideas to try this summer:

Spend time outside. Getting outside is a great way to change your scenery, get some fresh air and feel more at ease. Commit to spending time outside each day for at least 30 minutes. Remember to practice social distancing, avoid crowded areas, wear a face covering, stay hydrated and use sunscreen (SPF 30+).

Journal. Journaling allows you to observe and explore your feelings, practice gratitude, clear your mind and get things off your chest. If you need help getting started, consider using a journaling prompt  

Eat nutritious meals and snacks. Set yourself up for a healthy summer by eating foods that fuel you.

Create/join a virtual club. Gather your friends (virtually) to enjoy hobbies together! Consider starting a book club, discussing your favorite TV shows, hosting gaming tournaments, sharing recipes or creating challenges. Whatever you and your friends are into, explore ways to enjoy those activities together virtually.

Create a vision board. Vision boards are visual representations of the intentions and goals you want for your life. They can help inspire us, keep us grounded and remind us of what’s important. Create your own vision board by using photos, magazine clippings or other elements you have around the house. Once you’ve created your ideal vision board, hang it up in a place you’ll see it often!