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What’s On Your Self-Care List This Summer?

St. Pete beach 2012

In April we talked about the spring self-care activities on our list. Today, I’d like to talk about what you’re doing this summer.

I like the idea of having a plan because it gives us the opportunity to think through what really nourishes us and feeds our minds, hearts and spirits. And to actually put it on our calendars.

(Yes, you do have the time to take care of yourself.)

For instance, here’s what’s on my list for summer:

  • Going to the beach, notebook (and comfy chair) in hand, jotting down ideas. 
  • Taking Susannah’s journaling class, which starts next week.
  • Swimming in the pool (maybe actually learning how!).
  • Learning to golf (or at least having the club make contact with the ball). Brian is teaching me, so even if I stink, we’ll still have fun.
  • Feasting on fruits, such as cherries, watermelon and strawberries.
  • Immersing myself in books. (Right now on my bookshelf are Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist, The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne and several creativity and writing books.)
  • Not taking life so seriously (not an activity exactly, but an important reminder).

Your list might include: biking; tennis; running; road trips; summer reads (like these, maybe); strawberry picking; feasting on fresh seafood (I better add this one to my list); constructing sandcastles; barbecuing; baseball games; picnics; gardening; exploring the library; exploring a new city; exploring your city.

So take some time to think about the activities, hobbies and habits that nourish your many needs. If you’re not sure, think about the types of things that might (and why) like we did with our Big Likes.

Rosie has been exploring self-care on her blog with several excellent pieces, which will no doubt give you more ideas: determining your self-care, what your minimum and ideal self-care routines look like, and self-care on the road.

Another idea, in addition to thinking about activities, is considering a theme. “The theme of my summer is celebration,” Mara writes in her beautiful post.

Maybe your theme will be celebration, too. Or relaxation, play, exploration, gratitude, joy, adventure, compassion, luxury, nourishment or peace.

Pick a theme that resonates with you, something that brings a smile to your face and just feels good. Then you can always plan your activities around that theme.

Whatever you choose, let this summer satiate you.

What activities will be nourishing you this summer? What’s on your to-read list? What are your favorite summer activities? What is the theme of your summer?

What’s On Your Self-Care List This Summer?

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2013). What’s On Your Self-Care List This Summer?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 5, 2019, from


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