Self-care to beat the summer heat

Self-care to beat the summer heat

As the mercury rises and the summer sun takes centre stage, it's time to explore ways to keep cool and take care of ourselves. Here are some refreshing self-care practices to help your stay sane and feeling fantastic during the long, warm days to come.

Hydration with a Twist

We all know that staying hydrated is crucial for physical health and good quality of life, and with summer fruit in abundance, it's time to spruce up your water routine. Drop some slices of watermelon, a handful of mint leaves, and a squeeze of finger lime into your water bottle for a deliciously hydrating twist. This is the number-one way to beat the heat and keep stress levels at bay.

And, for some cool summer fun, experiment with icy delights. Get inventive in the kitchen, involve the kids, and make yourselves some revitalising homemade treats. Start with fruit icy poles or a refreshing lime sorbet, and when evening comes, pour over a decent shot of good Australian gin. Thirst quenched and emotional health boosted in one easy hit - what's not to like?

Park Picnics and Mindful Moments

Instead of hitting the beach, consider finding a quiet spot in a local park for a picnic and some mindful moments. The shade of the trees and the rustling breeze create a serene atmosphere for reflection, so take a notebook and draw or write to your heart's content. Just don't forget the serviettes, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Another way to help your mental health is by moving your yoga practice outdoors. On the balcony, in the park, or even under a gum tree in the back yard, fresh air adds another dimension to a salute to the sun. It's a wonderful way to start the day. Connect with the earth, breathe deeply, and let the beauty of the outdoors enhance your well-being.

Hutt Lagoon photographs

Art Therapy

Brighten up your living space with fresh Australian art. It might seem counter intuitive to be home decorating during the summer heat, but adding a pop of color to your home will have a positive impact on your mood. Plus renovating and redecorating is a gentle form of physical activity and an excuse for spending time indoors with the air conditioning. From the iconic Sydney sea pools to weird pink lakes of WA, adding the colour of summer to your space is sure to give you a boost.

Another way to brighten up your living space is with the aroma of native Australian flowers. Try a scent pebble for a low impact, no-energy way to elevate your home ambiance.

Sunset Strolls

While morning walks are great, there's something magical about a stroll during the golden hour, just as the light fades away in wisps of pink and orange. Head to a local park, the river bank, or (hopefully no longer crowded) beach and let the warm hues of the setting sun revive your energy levels ready to face the evening.

And finally, start a night time self care routine if you haven't already. Take a cool shower with refreshing handmade soap or indulge in a bath soak, to get ready for a deep sleep. Adequate sleep is so important, but if you're having trouble dropping off, Bush Medijina calm balm might be exactly what you need. Enjoy the benefits of ancient wisdom combined with native botanicals.

 Sleep balm

So there you have it, a few ways to take refuge from the scorching summer heat. From breeze-powered meditations to gin soaked frozen treats, let's embrace the season and prioritise our well-being. Take time for yourself, indulge in your own self-care routines, and make this summer one to remember.

Stay cool, stay fabulous!

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