Summer Self Care

Summer Self Care

  • On June 4, 2024

Summer Self Care
~Emily Baker~

As the summer season unfolds, it brings with it longer days, warmer weather, and a perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at our well-being. I have learned first-hand that self-care is essential for maintaining a healthy balance in life, especially during the bustling summer months. Self-care is an idea that many people brush under the rug amidst the busyness of life, but it is vital for maintaining a healthy rhythm.

Take a moment to reflect on the familiar phrase you hear when listening to the safety demonstration right before a plane is about to take off. The flight attendant will likely say something along the lines of, ” in the event of a cabin pressure change, oxygen masks will drop from the compartment above your head.” Do you remember what they say next? ” Please put on your own mask before assisting those around you.” But Why? Well, if you run out of oxygen, you won’t be able to help anyone else.

We can’t care well for others if we are burnt-out and running on fumes. Ephesians 5:29 says, “After all, no one ever hated their own body, but the feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church.” We are called to take care of ourselves, and when we do, we in-turn are allowing ourselves to be available to care for others.

Self-care can look different for everyone, here are a few ideas on where to start.

1: Embrace the Outdoors
Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy God’s creation. Spending time outdoors can boost your mood, and studies have even shown that listening to birds has a significant ability to lower stress levels! As Psalm 19:1 reminds us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Take time to marvel at His creation!

2. Maintain a Healthy Routine
While summer often means a break from regular schedules, it’s important to maintain a healthy routine. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat nutritious meals, and stay hydrated. Consistency in these areas can help keep your mind and body in harmony.

3. Connect with Loved Ones
Now that the kids are home from school, summer is an ideal time to strengthen  relationships with family and friends. Plan gatherings, picnics, or simply spend quality time together. Connections are vital for emotional well-being. The Bible calls us time and time again to be
together… let’s start now!

4. Set Aside Time for Rest
Rest is a crucial component of self-care. Allow yourself to take breaks and enjoy activities that bring you joy. Whether it’s reading a good book, taking a nap, or enjoying a hobby, rest is vital for renewing your energy. If God rested on the Sabbath day, why aren’t we?

As you embrace the summer season, be encouraged to care for yourself. In doing so, your cup may be filled to flow out onto those around you.

May the Lord bless you in this upcoming season. Be it a season of joy, peace, struggles, grief,  action, or rest – may HIS faithfulness draw you ever tighter into his loving arms and into the steady confidence in His promises.