Turn to the healing nature of the sun
In addition to our weekly #caregivinghacks posts, we’re layering in #selfcarehacks—because to care for others, we also have to care for ourselves. Check out Eliza’s simple ideas for sun-infused self care here, and follow us on Instagram for more inspiration.
Simply Sit in the SUN
My mom deeply ingrained this form of self care in my brain. Growing up, sitting in the sun was her cure for everything. Feeling sick? Sit in the sun. Have a pesky pimple? Sit in the sun. Feeling sad? Sit in the sun.
I was raised with the belief that the sun was the first step to feeling better, and that there’s always a few minutes in a day to pause and enjoy the warmth of the beams. This was the one form of self care I witnessed my mom doing regularly, and I’m so glad she instilled the importance of that simple but powerful habit in me.
The next time you have a sunny day where you live, I hope you remember that there’s always a few minutes to sit in the sunshine. And I hope you make yourself a cup of tea and take that time to let the sun warm your face and mend your soul.
Watch the SUNSET
I’ve treasured this ritual for as long as I can remember. There’s something about a sunset that just feels like an exhale at the end of a day, and being intentional about watching it forces you to be still, breathe in the fresh air, sit in the quiet murmurings of nature, and reflect on the day (or on the week, depending on how often you’re able to watch it).
I challenge you to make time this week to watch the sunset at least one evening. Not just from a window, and even if it’s cold. Wrap up in a blanket, make yourself a cup of hot tea, and go outside and watch the sun sink below the horizon.
Visit a Greenhouse or Take a Walk in NATURE
I think we’ve all been feeling pretty stir-crazy lately (makes sense. We’ve been inside for a year!). A visit to a local greenhouse might be just what you need to refresh your soul and to give you hope that seasons come and go. And what better season than spring to reset and refresh!
What have you done recently to press pause on caring for someone else, and press play on caring for yourself? Let us know in the comments below!