Let’s be real: we all had summer plans.

After everything that’s happened, many of us were looking forward to possible vacations, road trips, rooftop bars etc.

While some of these things are now still possible, we are endlessly plagued with the new normal that is Coronavirus.

This means that those of us still self-quarantining are going to be spending a lot of time alone.

Because of this, I’ve decided to make this Summer about leveling up both physically and mentally.

 

I’m determined not to spend these next few months in a quarantine slump, and neither should you

So, whether it’s healing yourself, creative a productive routine, or working toward your goals, if a Summer about you sounds like something of interest, here are some ideas to get you started: 

 

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It’s the Simple Things

Create a Morning Routine

 In normal life, mornings have consisted of waking up at the last minute possible and rushing out the door to get to school or work on time. However, many of us have a lot more time to ourselves now.

For me, this has meant being able to make a solid breakfast, enjoy my morning coffee, spend extra time on my skincare, and overall enjoy my time with myself. 

Whether you plan on being productive or resting for the day, I’ve found that taking time for myself in the mornings not only gives a sense of peace and positivity, but also sets the day’s tone.

So whatever that may look like for you, perhaps journaling, getting fresh air, partaking in self-care etc., use this time to create a morning routine, live slowly and appreciate the simple things. 

Practice Mindfulness

Before quarantine started, I was practically going to school and work full time. This left me little to no time for myself.

Because of this, I began to neglect my body, and was never really able to fully process my days or emotions because I was always on the move. 

If this is you as well, take time this Summer to get to know yourself again.

Some ways you can do this are:

  • invest in hobbies you’ve put off
  • Get some much needed rest
  • indulge in self-care
  • Practice mindfulness and meditation
  • Write down your thoughts
  • Keep a gratitude journal

 use this time to heal from the deeper things you’ve had to shove to the side.

For me, this has meant a lot of self-reflection, recognizing my own personal toxic behaviors, and resolving/letting go of pain from the past.

I’ve found that through this, not only have I become more self-aware, but also feel healthier, more at peace, and ready to take on the world again when that time comes. 

Look Good, Feel Good

Give Your Space a Makeover

Another way to spend your Summer and feel inspired again is to redesign your space. This can be anything from decluttering, to adding some new decor, to making it over completely.

I, for one, have done some unexpected indulging in the first two.

As someone who has always been extremely messy and disorganized, I’ve found that  deep cleaning my room has given my life a new sense of order.

In addition, my new comfortable fuzzy bedspread and fuzzy rugs have really transformed my space and made it feel more me.

In turn, this has allowed me to be more creative and productive. It’s also inspired me to make some permanent lifestyle changes.

So, if you’re looking for a way to spruce your life up a bit more during this time, try bringing some life to your surroundings.

Like Marie Kando implies in her best-selling book on Tidying up, it’s when you feel content with the space around you, that you’re able to begin addressing the things inside of you.

Make your space a place you want to spend your quarantine in. 

Work on Your Hair, Skin, and Body

Something else we may find that we’ve neglected in both real life and in quarantine is our physical appearance.

I’m talking about skipping workouts because we’re exhausted, and half-assing our skin-care routine because we perceive no immediate consequences from it.

Feeling attacked? Don’t, we all do it. But now that a lot of us have more time on our hands, there’s no more excuses.

We owe it to ourselves to be consistent and work toward those dream goals we’ve been putting off.

So, this Summer, make yourself your personal project. This can mean anything from achieving healthier hair, to taking advantage of home-cooked meals and at-home Zumba videos for a healthier/fit body.

Because I’m most self-conscious about my skin, I’ve been using my favorite products from Neutrogena and The Ordinary to work on my acne scars and hyperpigmentation

I’ve also been using this lash serum from Hello Skincare for longer lashes. (dc: SABRIA10)

Not only does it feel good to look our best, but making that investment in ourselves also reinforces confidence in other aspects of our lives.

Plus, we’ll thank ourselves for it when all of this is over.

Make Your Dreams Reality

Invest in Self-Education

Now that our minds aren’t bombarded with essay topics, math equations, or other school and work related projects, it might be a good time to invest in some personal education.

This means taking that online course you’ve been wanting too, learning a new skill, or investing time in your craft.

Some of my favorite ways to self-educate are:

    • reading 
    • Webinars
    • pinterest articles
    • online classes at a community college
    • online courses for learning a new skill (ie. blogging)

This Summer in particular, I’ve been looking into minimalism.

Educating yourself and working toward your goals, small or big, is such a great way to pass time, prepare for the future, elevate your mindset, and expand your knowledge. 

Work on Your Passion

Last but definitely not least, another great way to spend this Summer on you is to work on a passion. If you’re anything like me you have big dreams.

While this is great in itself, it could feel like everything else always gets in the way of that.

Perhaps you want to start a business, be a youtuber or tik toker, or make a living off of selling your goods and services.

If this is the case, now, more than ever, is the perfect time to pursue those dreams whole-heartedly.

I’ve found that the best way to do this is by creating SMART goals, mapping out a step-by-step plan on achieving them, and then creating a consistent routine so you’re tackling those goals daily.

This Summer, hone in on the powers of manifestation.

Allow all self-doubt to go out the window, do the work and find out if you can truly make the thing work forreal.

The best thing you can do for yourself is take risks for the things you want to create a life you love. 

If you’re lucky enough to be able to self-quarantine this Summer, then consider taking this opportunity to really heal and work on yourself in ways you never otherwise really get a chance too. 

Of course, you don’t actually have to do any of these things. There’s so much going on in the world, and I know we are adjusting and reacting to it in different ways.

This isn’t to tell you that you must be doing something with yourself this summer, because the truth is, getting through this difficult time alone is productive.

But if you are looking for some ideas to help get your mind off of everything, focus on yourself and get through this Summer, I hope this blog post has helped to motivate you to take action on your life.

Let me know in the comments or on social media @sabriasparrow if you have any questions, and if there’s anything you’d like to see from me next!  Thanks for being here!

As always, with love,

Sabria Sparrow