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Summer Self-Care for Busy days- 3 easy peasy tips



I decided to keep the kids home this summer and forgo camps and, sister girl, I am feeling the added energy buzzing in my house. As a mom of 4 and a holistic Nurse Practitioner, I understand how challenging it can be to prioritize self-care, especially during the busy summer months. However, the extended daylight provides us with a unique opportunity to integrate nourishing activities into our daily routine. Here are three simple yet powerful self-care tips to help you make the most of the summer days, even when time feels tight.


1. Ground Yourself in Nature


One of the simplest ways to reconnect with yourself and nature is by spending a few minutes standing barefoot on the ground. This practice, known as earthing or grounding, has been shown to reduce inflammation, reset the nervous system, and boost immunity. You can often find me grounding in a nearby park or in my front


How to Do It:

After you get home from work, before stepping inside, take a moment to stand on your lawn. Feel the grass beneath your feet and soak up the evening sun. This brief pause can significantly enhance your well-being, allowing you to transition smoothly from your workday to your personal time.


Benefits:

- Reduces Inflammation: Grounding has been found to decrease inflammation in the body, promoting overall health.

- Resets the Nervous System: The direct contact with the earth helps in balancing the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety.

- Boosts Immunity: Regular grounding can improve your immune response, helping you stay healthy during the summer months.


2. Play with Sprinklers


We often think we have little time for self-care, but combining it with family fun can be a win-win. Running through sprinklers on a hot summer day is a delightful way to engage your playful inner child and connect with your loved ones.


How to Do It:

Set up the sprinklers in your yard and invite your family to join you. Run, laugh, and let the water invigorate your spirit. This simple activity not only cools you down but also brings a sense of freedom and joy. Let your inner child run free!


Benefits:

- Invigoration: The physical activity and water combination revitalizes your body and mind.

- Playfulness: Engaging in playful activities releases endorphins, enhancing your mood.

- Family Connection: Spending quality time with family strengthens bonds and creates lasting memories.



3. Enjoy a Calming Drink


Taking a moment to savor a calming beverage can transform your evening and promote relaxation. Herbal teas such as peppermint, lavender, chamomile, or valerian are excellent choices for unwinding after a long day. In such hot weather adding ice is simple and refreshing way to enjoy your tea.


How to Do It:

Prepare your favorite calming tea and find a quiet spot to sit. As you sip mindfully, let each sip transport you to a state of calm and ease. Focus on the flavors, allowing your mind and body to relax.


Benefits:

- Mindful Relaxation: Taking time to enjoy a drink mindfully can reduce stress and promote a sense of peace.

- Herbal Benefits: Each herb offers unique benefits; for example, chamomile aids in sleep, while peppermint can soothe digestion.

- Moment of Pause: This practice encourages you to slow down and appreciate the present moment, enhancing your overall well-being.


Incorporating these simple self-care practices into your summer routine can make a significant difference in your well-being. Even when time is limited, taking advantage of the extended daylight and engaging in activities that ground, invigorate, and relax you can help you feel more balanced and nourished. Remember, self-care doesn't have to be time-consuming; it's about making small, intentional choices that support your holistic health.


Embrace the long summer days with these self-care tips and enjoy a season of rejuvenation and joy. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you.


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