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Summer Refresh: It’s time to focus on self-care!

Summer is a wonderful season full of promise – everyone is getting outside, enjoying themselves, and going on some much-needed vacations. I love the bright colors and the feeling of shedding the winter season.

I feel like this is the perfect time to assess your mental health and think about how you are taking care of yourself. How has 2023 been treating you so far? What has this year brought to your life?

For some, it’s been a hard year. For others, it’s been an exciting year. Maybe it’s been a little bit of both. As June approached, I realized that we are halfway through this year, which is insane!

A summer refresh is a great way to stop and assess your life and your goals. If you haven’t been focusing on self-care recently, now is a great time!


Self-love is important

If you have a few moments to yourself, make sure to think about how you’ve been treating yourself recently. Have you been kind to yourself?

I often deal with negative self-talk, and it can be detrimental to my well-being. I tell myself these lies – that I won’t amount to anything, that I’m not successful enough or smart enough or pretty enough.

When we tell ourselves these lies over and over, they start to become a part of our being. We manifest this negativity and it’s hard to get rid of. I have been through this many times, and I know that it will happen again. But I need to focus on what I can control, which is taking care of myself and treating myself with kindness and respect.

positive self-talk

Take a self-care night

Since I started focusing more on self-care, I have found some products that I really love. If you have been feeling tired and stressed out, it might be a good idea to have a night where you light some candles, turn on your essential oil diffuser, take a shower, do some skincare, order one of your favorite meals, and watch your favorite show or movie (Gossip Girl is my comfort show, I’ve watched the entire thing 4 times).

Here are some products I love:

Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Scrub – This stuff makes my skin SO soft! I use it in the shower, and it smells amazing. I would recommend putting on some lotion after the shower. You can try the Righteous Butter from the same brand. This brand is amazing!

soap and glory body scrub

If you don’t have a diffuser, you definitely need one for your essential oils. I have one that lights up, and I can instantly smell the oils in the air when I turn it on.

On Amazon, you can buy a starter pack of Pure Aroma Essential Oils. This will allow you to figure out which oils you like, and you can see how they benefit your health. Turning on my diffuser is a great way to help me relax when I am spending time in my room. As a part of your summer refresh, you could start with a scent that reminds you of summer. For me, that is Lemon Grass or Orange!

essential oils

If you’re looking for a summer refresh, buy yourself some new makeup! Getting a new mascara or lip gloss always makes me feel better, especially when I go through seasons where I don’t feel very beautiful.

I have talked about this mascara before because I love it so much – Telescopic Mascara! I always want my eyelashes looking long, and this really does the trick.

Telescopic Mascara

I love a good Vitamin C serum, it’s a great thing to add to your skincare routine! I have always loved the brand Pacifica, and when I came across their Glow Baby Booster Serum, I knew I had to try it! It makes my face feel so fresh. This can be used either during the day or at night and it is for all skin types! I love this because it is free of harsh chemicals and it contains vegan and natural ingredients. Give your skin some Vitamin C!

Vitamin C Serum

Self-care can be for any season!

While a summer refresh is an amazing idea, it’s also important to focus on self-care year-round. If you feel like there a few months where you are in a funk, make sure to find time to prioritize yourself for a day. I love using these products to make myself feel better and thank my body for all of the things that it has been through.

Deanna from Life By Deanna talks about the importance of a self-care bucket list, which is an awesome idea! She gives examples of things that are on her personal self-care bucket list, which can give you some ideas and inspiration. Go check it out!

You should be so proud of yourself for everything you have accomplished this year. There are more good things to come for 2023!

Here are the product links for your summer refresh!

Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Scrub

Pure Aroma Essential Oils

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

Glow Baby Booster Serum

Treat your self

Fuelled by Coffee and Chaos – The Ultimate Guide to A Skincare Routine At Home

Riyah Speaks – 20 Cardio and Strength Exercises to Add to Your Summer Fitness Routine

Tidy Modern Mom – Self-care for stay at home moms

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