Self-care isn’t a one-time thing. We should be practicing it year-round.
In this post, I’m going to share some self-care ideas you can try in every season so that self-care becomes part of your regular routine
And If you’re interested in implementing more self-care practices, don’t forget to check out my post on self-care for beginners.
Self Care Ideas for Every Season
Winter Self Care Ideas
What is the importance of self-care during the winter? It’s important to practice self-care in the winter to help navigate the colder temperatures and shorter days that can sometimes have a negative impact on our moods. It’s also the time we celebrate one of the biggest holidays and that comes with a lot of pressure.
Here are some ideas to help you practice self-care during the winter.
In the winter, my skin tends to get super dry and itchy. Especially my hands. They suffer the most because of frequent handwashing.
So this is not the time to skimp on moisturizing your skin. Find a moisturizer that hydrates your skin and apply it generously.
And don’t forget about your lips. They get dry and chapped, too, and also need to be moisturized. (Chapped lips and matte lipstick don’t go together – just saying.)
Follow a Winter Self Care Routine
To combat the cold, and dark days and keep yourself motivated, try following a winter self-care routine. It can include waking up early, turning up the heat, and enjoying some quiet time.
You can read my post for my ideas on what to include in your self-care winter routine.
Nourish Yourself with Warm Food and Hot Drinks
One thing I like about the winter is that I can drink hot tea all day long and no one will give it a second thought Of course I spend way too much money at my local coffee shops during the winter, but that’s a post for another day.
To add some warmth to your day, try drinking some coffee or tea. Also enjoy some warm food like oatmeal, muffins, and bagels.
Mind Your Mental
I know you’re already prioritizing your mental health, but give it some extra attention in the winter. According to Mayo Clinic, many people suffer symptoms of Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the late fall or early winter.
If you notice a difference in your mood, energy, or feelings you may want to reach out for help.
Budget Your Money
One of the biggest holidays, Christmas, is also celebrated in the winter. And you might feel pressure to spend large sums of cash on gifts.
Don’t stress yourself over buying people gifts. Give yourself a holiday budget and stick to it.
Spring Self Care Ideas
What is the importance of self-care during the spring? Self-care in the spring is important to help us overcome some of the weariness we experienced in the winter. It’s time to find motivation, find balance, and release what no longer serves us.
Here are self-care ideas you can practice in the spring.
Prioritize Spring Cleaning
The spring is the perfect time for you to make cleaning a priority. Give your house a deep clean. Put things in storage that you won’t need until the fall or winter.
Go through your clothes and other items and get rid of things you don’t need anymore. Maybe host a garage sale.
Enjoy the Bloom
Spring is beautiful. The flowers are blooming and the grass is back to a healthy shade of green. Spend some time outside enjoying nature.
But if you’re terrified of caterpillars like me, you’d probably want to stay away from those.
Combat those Allergies
And with the beauty of spring comes allergies. An itchy throat, stuffy nose, and watery eyes can be the norm for you every spring if you suffer from allergies.
So prepare in advance and don’t let those allergies keep you down!
Release and Let Go
After the darkness of winter, you may be holding on to some negative thoughts and feelings.
Now is the perfect time to let that go. Get some of that spring sunlight and let it absorb the emotions and thoughts you’re releasing.
Set New Goals
Right now is the perfect time to set some new goals. You’re feeling more positive and motivated and will have the right mindset to get things done.
Summer Self Care Ideas
What is the importance of self-care during the summer? In the summer, self-care becomes important as we try to stay safe in the heat and juggle all of the activities and adventures that come with the joys of the summer.
Here are some ideas to help you practice self-care during the summer.
Spend Time Outside
Summer was made for the outdoors. Spend time outside trying new things and going on adventures. Go visit the zoo, waterpark, or take a tour.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Summertime is actually my favorite time of the year. Nothing like waking up at 6 am and stepping out the door to be met with the heat.
But with the heat comes the sun, so we have to stay protected.
You can protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen, hats, and shades.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink water, and carry some around with you if necessary.
You can also get some hydration from fruits like watermelon – which I love to eat.
Take a Social Media Break
It’s too beautiful outside and too many adventures for you to spend all your time on social media. So give it a break for a couple of hours and go have some fun.
Say No to Burnout
While I want you to get outside and have some fun, remember not to overdo it. We can get really busy in the summer. Maintain some balance in your life by prioritizing what needs to be done and when.
Autumn Self Care Ideas
What is the importance of self-care during the autumn? Self-care is practiced in autumn to allow yourself to reflect on the past year, protect your health, and appreciate the beautiful outdoors.
Here are self-care ideas you can practice in autumn.
Set End of the Year Goals
Take this time to close out your year strong. Start thinking about what goals you want to accomplish by the end of the year.
Make Time for Gratitude
Spend a few moments each day to give thanks for all that you have and all that you’ve accomplished over the past year.
Get in the Fall Zone
Really get into the season of fall by decorating your home with some fall decor. You can decorate with pumpkins and wreaths. You can also burn some fall-themed candles in the scent of vanilla or pumpkin spice.
Prioritize Your Wellbeing
In the fall, illnesses seem to be more common. Make sure you’re taking action to keep yourself and your immune system healthy.
Enjoy the Fall Foilage
The fall scenery is just as beautiful as the spring. Go outside and enjoy the crisp air and colorful leaves. Take a walk and enjoy the colorful palette of red, orange, and brown.
My Thoughts on Seasonal Self Care
Practicing self-care throughout the year is essential to our well-being. Navigating the highs and lows that come with the seasons doesn’t have to leave you in a slump.
Bookmark this post to come back for more seasonal self-care ideas when you need them!