Do you love or hate summer? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you feel the way you do? Summer is so full of possibility and wonderment, right?
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Where’s my motivation?
Have you always wanted to be one of those people who say they had the best summer ever and then proceed to list all the amazing stuff you did? And even though you really want to, you end up doing nothing, or nothing you want to admit to anyway.
I always feel excited about summer and end up making all kinds of tentative plans, but oftentimes, I can’t manage to get motivated to actually do them. Sometimes just the thought of going through the steps to complete a task stops me dead in my tracks.
Does this happen to you?
I Challenge You, You Unmotivated Person
Here’s where this summer self-care challenge is going to help make this summer one to remember. By taking time to first take care of ourselves.
While self-care is important year-round, summertime weather opens up some unique opportunities to get outdoors and soak up some all-important sunlight.
While I love staying indoors and being in the comfort of my own home, after months of cold weather here in Oregon, even I cannot wait for those warmer summer days.
Let’s decide right here and now to have the best summer ever, this summer?
This year is going to be different.
Say it with me, “I will overcome my doubts and anxiety, and just freakin’ do it!”
Who’s with me?
So, what’s next?
Well, today we are going to discover some amazing summer self-care activities you can start doing so you are in your happy place. So that you can wake up and feel your best instead of your worst. So you can look forward to tomorrow instead of wanting to stick your head in a hole.
So if you’re finished feeling bad, sad, and mad, let’s commit to making a change and turning that frown upside down. (too corny?)
Summer Self-Care Challenge for People Who Suck at Staying Motivated:
- Create a comfy outdoor space to sit and relax
- Visit a farmer’s market
- Buy yourself a beautiful summer dress
- Have a picnic
- Go on a hike
- Drink plenty of water
- Play backyard games
- Make a summer playlist of feel-good music
- Go on a bike ride
- Make fresh-squeezed lemonade
- Eat more fresh fruits and veggies
- Run in sprinklers
- Go on a drive
- Plan a beach trip
- Watch a movie in your backyard
- Host a backyard happy hour with a few close friends
- Get a pedicure
- Enjoy an outdoor summer concert
- Try some new tea smoothies for energy and health
- Visit a waterfall or lake
Create a comfy outdoor space
Having an outdoor space that is inviting will motivate you to use it more. Try taking your breakfast and a warm cup of your favorite drink out on your patio. Breathe in the morning air. It can be so refreshing and mentally relaxing to be surrounded by nature.
Make it part of your morning routine at least 2 days each week.
If you don’t have a quiet space, you can still benefit from getting some (hopefully) fresh air and sunlight.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
A farmer’s market is a fantastic place to visit. If you’ve never been, then you’re in for a treat.
The market is full of local fresh ingredients, food, novelties, crafts, and friendly people.
Pick up some healthy ingredients to add your recipes to give them a vitamin boost. Visit with the locals and nurture your sense of community.
Buy a Summer Dress
Having something new or just new to you to wear will surely lift your spirits. Pick out a great fitting dress that is versatile. One you can add a light sweater or jacket to for evenings, or wear over your swimsuit to the lake.
Be sure to pick out one in colors that coordinate with items you already have on hand to save money and get the most out of your purchase.
Have a picnic
I’ll admit that eating on a blanket at the park poses some challenges, but doing something different will make you feel great.
Being flexible(in more ways than one) is the key to having a successful picnic. Don’t be afraid to change your plans and use a picnic table, if necessary.
Having an outdoor picnic isn’t so much about eating on a blanket on the grass as it is enjoying the great outdoors and having the experience of it.
Bring a basket filled with easy to eat finger foods and a refreshing drink.
A few ideas of things to bring on your picnic:
- tea sandwiches
- crackers & cheese
- fresh fruit
- cut-up veggies with dip
- sparkling juice
- plastic cups
Go on a Hike
Going on a hike can lead to amazing adventures!
If you haven’t done any hiking before, be sure to plan ahead to ensure you have a safe experience. Do your research well before you head out.
Ask around or look online for some nearby hiking spots. Try to find out what kind of animals and creatures live in the area so you can be aware of potential dangers.
Wear proper clothing.
Bring a backpack and fill it with snacks, a water bottle, a compass, first-aid kit, pocket knife, multipurpose tool, beanie, and gloves.
Hiking is a great way to get some exercise while enjoying nature. This summer is all about new experiences, so get out there and get your hike on.
If you want to feel your best, then drink your water. Staying hydrated has so many health benefits!
- gives you energy
- keeps you cool
- prevents dry mouth
- prevents headaches
- cleans out your system
- helps your muscles and joints to function better
- prevents constipation
- helps with concentration
- much more!
Taking time to gaze at our grand sky can make you feel so many things. You may feel small(that’s okay, you are in comparison to the universe), amazed, curious, and peaceful.
Grab a blanket and go lay out under the stars. If you have a lot of light noise where you live, then take a drive to an area with less light so you can really see the sky.
Try to find some of the constellations and pick out your favorite star.
Play Some Backyard Game
Playing games can bring out your competitive side and make you feel alive. Try not to be too competitive, remember it’s all for fun, but winning’s not so bad either.
A few games we suggest:
- Bocce Ball – a simple game to just pick up and play
- Corn Hole(pictured above) – throw bean bags into a hole, pretty simple, although there are a few rules.
- Giant yard dice – play your favorite dice games with ginormous dice, which is more fun obviously.
- Water Balloon Fight – a favorite around here
Fresh air, good company, entertainment = an excellent time!
Music is a universal language. It can lift you and move you to tears. This summer, try to focus on uplifting, fun music that gets your body moving.
Here are a few great songs for summer:
- Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
- Dancing in the Streets – David Bowie & Mick Jagger
- Celebration – Kool & The Gang
- Feel It Still – Portugal The Man
Riding a bike is good exercise and it super fun! If you don’t have a bike of your own, many cities have bike rental shops.
Take you bike down by the river or just ride around your neighborhood.
Lemonade is one of those super refreshing drinks that are so versatile. You can drink it plain, add fresh fruit, or even make it into an adult beverage.
My favorite way to drink it is with matcha powder added. Matcha is a green tea that is full of antioxidants and many other health benefits such as giving your metabolism a boost and many more. You can read more about matcha here.
Eat More Fruits & Veggies
I’m sure I don’t have to remind you why it’s beneficial to your health to eat a variety of and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Summer fruits are so good! Keep fruits on hand for quick snacking and make fruit salads often.
Grilling vegetables makes them taste amazing, so get grilling!
Run Through the Sprinklers
Take yourself back to a simpler time in your life. I used to spend hours running through the sprinkles as a kid, how about you?
I mean you gotta water your grass anyway, so why not have a little fun at the same time?
Do it! You know you want to.
Go for a Drive
Just get in the car and drive. Come on, it’ll be an adventure. Just make sure your gas tank is full and bring some water just in case.
Roll your windows down and let the wind blow your cares away. And who knows you might an amazing place to pull over to hike, eat, or just enjoy the scenery.
Plan a Beach Trip
Start with planning your trip, but then make damn sure you follow through with those plans.
There’s nothing like going to the beach. Even for someone like me who’s terrified to go in the ocean. I can still enjoy the beach and you will too.
Book an ocean front hotel room, play tourist and walk the shops, and of course you have to eat some local seafood.
All the fresh air and a change of scenery will do wonders to lift your spirits.
Watch a Movie in Your Backyard
While your still waiting for drive-in theaters to make a comeback in your area, why not host your own private outdoor showing?
Set-up a simple area(see pic above) and prepare some snacks. The only equipment you will likely have to purchase is a projector, but you can pick one up for fairly cheap anymore.
The best thing about having your own outdoor theater? You can choose to watch any movie you want and you can pause it when you need to go to the bathroom.
Host a Backyard Happy Hour
Invite a few friends over to spend an hour or two in your backyard. If you have direct access, have them come through your gate so you don’t even have to clean your house.
Offer pitchers of popular drinks or have them bring their own. Some simple snacks like pretzels and peanuts is all you need to offer.
Set-up some lights, tables and chairs to make it comfortable. Play some chill background music and offer a few games to keep everyone entertained.
Socializing in this low key way will reduce your stress while feeding your need to connect with other people.
Get a Pedicure
Take care of your feet. Summer is basically the only time of year people other than those that live with you, are going to see your bare feet, so don’t scare them away with nasty dry skin and unkept nails.
Go get a pedicure at a salon. It’s affordable and feels nice. Although, if your feet are really bad, you will likely get some funny looks from the nail technician.
If you just want to skip the salon, you can totally DIY pedicure at home. You can read more about how to do it here.
Attend an Outdoor Summer Concert
Check out your local summer concert schedule ahead of time so you can be sure to get yourself a ticket to the show.
Alternatively, many local parks and recreation programs offer free summer concerts. If you don’t mind listening to cover bands, then go check out one of these concerts instead.
Music lifts the soul. Combine music with relaxing outside and you have a winning combination.
Try a Tea Smoothie
While smoothies are already a deliciously healthy option, adding your favorite tea will make them even better.
For a great tasting smoothie that will give you an energy boost try this:
Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie
- 1 cup chilled green tea
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 medium frozen banana, sliced
- 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice, we like Swerve or honey
- Ice, as needed
Just place all the ingredients into your blender, pulse until smooth, add more ice or milk depending on thickness preference.
Visit a Waterfall or Lake
Waterfalls are a beautiful sight to see. If you’ve never been to you, then you should definitely go see one. Usually, they take a bit of hiking to get to, but sometimes they are just a short ways off the beaten path.
Again, getting outdoors and spending time with nature will make you feel great.
I really hope this Summer Self-Care Challenge for people who suck at staying motivated has giving you some ideas for activities you can’t wait to try.
Do yourself a favor and make a summer bucketlist that includes these 21 activities, then commit to doing them all. You’ll not only be taking care of you with some self-love, but you’re guaranteed to have a blast doing it.
So what are you going to do first?
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Looking for more ways to stay motivated?
Check this out – 3 Reasons Your Inspiration is Broken(and how to fix it)
Wanna learn more about self-care and how to make it part of your routine?
Here you go: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Care
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