Summer Self-Care: 15 Ideas for Summer Wellness

Jun 25, 2024

Summer is a great time to focus on self-care. Here are 15 ideas for summer wellness from Mental Health First Aid:

Ditch the couch and relax outdoors.

Grab a blanket or lawn chair and something to read and set up camp on a shady patch of grass.

Go for a stroll.

A long walk can be a great way to clear your head and enjoy a warm summer afternoon. You can also grab a friend and get your exercise while catching up.

Try a new exercise.

Getting those endorphins flowing can help calm your mind and improve your mood. Think about doing something outdoors like hiking, tennis or swimming. Just don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray!

Go exploring.

Pull up a map and find a new area of town that you haven’t been to yet.

Tidy one small space.

Perhaps a drawer or the top of your desk – even having one space clean and free of clutter can help you feel calmer.

Have a picnic.

Enjoying a meal outside can be an easy way to get some fresh air and sunshine and shake up your daily routine.

Start a garden or join a community garden.

Gardening can be a nice way to meditate, enjoy the outdoors and get some sunshine. It can also serve as a bonding time with your family or a way to make new friends.

Explore your local farmer’s market.

Take advantage of seasonal produce and local vendors. A trip to the farmer’s market can be a great opportunity to try new foods and incorporate healthier options into your diet.

Look for things going on in your community.

 Consider outdoor movies, yard sales, festivals, farmer’s markets, concerts or dance classes. Making fun plans can help you feel excited and give you something to look forward to.

Make a summer feel-good playlist.

Bring on the summer tunes! Music can be an effortless way to improve your mood and motivate you to get moving. Bonus points for listening while exercising or cleaning.

Do an at-home spa day.

Taking a bubble bath, using a face mask or doing a DIY pedicure can all be affordable ways to help yourself feel cared for. A candle, essential oils and relaxing tunes can all add to the spa vibe.


Do a needs assessment.

How did your last week go? Is there anything you could do to make next week better? Maybe you need more sleep, more social time or to prepare some healthy meals before your next busy week.

Start or continue a journal.

Writing can be a great way to express how you feel and check-in with your emotions

Reconnect with someone.

Call an old friend – or even a grandparent or parent.

Practice mindfulness.

Try meditation or make a list of 10 things you are thankful for.

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