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7 Healthy Summer Habits to Start Practicing Today

Simple and Effective Tips for Summer Self-Care and Wellness

Summer is here, my friends! Time to dust off your sun hats and restock your sunscreen supply. Whether you plan on spending time on the beach or in the city, summer’s long, sunny days and warmer weather offer a variety of beautiful new opportunities for relaxation and self-care ideas.

Many health benefits can be found in a consistent, daily self-care routine. Taking care of our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being is essential to achieving overall wellness and life balance. While self-care can and should be practiced all year long, today I want to emphasize the wonderful habits for you to incorporate into your summer self-care and warm weather wellness activities.

7 tips to help you maintain your health and wellness this summer

Stay hydrated.

Hydration is crucial in maintaining your health ALWAYS. Warmer temperatures force your body to work harder to stay cool, resulting in an increased fluid loss. To prevent this, always stay hydrated and carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go.

Add some flavor to your water.

Except water, our taste buds usually crave for some flavor too. Replace soda drinks with some water infused with a fruit or a herb. My go to is lemon-ginger-mint infused water, both sparkling and still are absolutely delicious! Take a look for more infused water ideas here.

Wear that sunscreen. Always.

Although sun can be your friend in helping you produce vitamin D, sunburns are your enemy! Protect your skin from premature ageing and skin cancer by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Also, look for 30+ SPF.

Use all the advantages of a farmer’s market.

Get to know your local farmer’s market. Summer is a beautiful season for all the different kinds of fruits and veggies! So many color and flavor in one place, and every week something new is coming in. What’s not to love?

Be more mindful about your eating.

Gain control over your eating habits, restore your attention and slow down. Make eating an intentional act, instead of a mindless one. This means actually noticing your bites, the flavours you taste, how your body feels while eating. In addition to that, take advantage of all the seasonal fruits and veggies available. Summer is my favorite season and one of the main reasons is all that colourful food that is available. Peaches, watermelons, cherries, berries, you name it. All that taste, oh my!

Workout in the morning.

If you don’t already, think about working out in the morning. Get up a little earlier so you don’t rush through your morning routine. It’s still not that warm so you can enjoy your workout more and you’ll feel so much more energised throughout the day. Did I mention the positive mood boost you’ll get out of it?

Related topic: 4 reasons to include yoga into your morning routine

Spend more time in nature.

Go for a hike, ride your bike by a lake, have a picnic in the park. Be mindful of the temperatures (avoid middle of day, very hot days, etc.) and wear bright clothes. Once you’ve taken care of that, just enjoy your nature time, let that amazing energy in and just be. The amazing benefits for your mind, body and soul of spending time in nature are just numerous.


Lastly, remember to smile and enjoy the little things. Stop to smell that flower. Watch that sunset. Dance. Laugh your ass off. Hope you have a great summer loves!

As always with love,

Common Unicorn

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6 Amazing Ideas for Decluttering Your Mind, Body and Soul, A Holistic Approach To Spring Cleaning - a girl on a field

Spring Cleaning Tips in 2021 | How To Declutter Your Life

6 Amazing Ideas for Decluttering Your Mind, Body and Soul | A Holistic Approach To Spring Cleaning

Warmer weather and nature coming back to life awakens something in us too. A lot of us start preparing for spring cleaning our home, making little checklists and what not. We jump to organizing our closets, detailed home cleaning, etc. What if this year we did it differently? Last 12 months have been somewhat different, the pandemic and several lockdowns put us in situations most of us were not prepared for. So after such a strange year, why not approach decluttering and cleaning in a different way too? Instead of just reorganizing the closet, getting rid of the stuff we don’t need, how about we do the same for ourselves, our mind, body, and soul? How about we get rid of what our body doesn’t need, reorganize the content that our mind is subject to, and freshen up our soul? Most of us feel at least a bit better after a little bit of home reorganizing, imagine how we could feel if we did it more holistically? What could be all the wonderful benefits of decluttering your life, reducing the everyday stress, and clearing your mind?

If at this point what I’m saying makes absolutely no sense to you, don’t worry. Here is a list of what can be done to spring clean and declutter your mind, body, and soul (a full on holistic approach). This does not mean you either try everything or nothing at all – check it out and be the judge of what works for you and what doesn’t – that’s the whole point anyways 🙂

6 Ways To Declutter Your Life

How to clear your mind

Positive effects of clearing your mind are numerous. I already talked a lot about how mindfulness meditation can be a great tool in clearing your mind and making you more present. Whether you wish to clear your mind for work, to study, and for better sleep, these tips can help you achieve that.

1. Social media. Examine the content you are exposing yourself to. Unfollow those who bring you down, make you feel bad about yourself. Bring more positivity and healthy messages to your social media feed. Free your mind of unnecessary noise and reorganize the content it is exposed to so it supports your mental well-being in a healthy way.

2. Time away from phone. How many times a day do you reach for your phone, open some app, then later you don’t even remember what it was? All that is just additional noise for your mind. Throughout the day, set a couple of ‘focus’ time periods, where you’ll work, read, or something else you want your full focus on, moving your phone and any other distractions away from you – disconnect so you can reconnect with the work you wish to focus on.

Cleanse your body

3. Nourishing foods. Introduce to your diet more whole foods that fuel, not drain your body and energy. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme and it shouldn’t be forced, just bring more awareness to what you are bringing into your body – the food you eat affects the way you feel, how much energy you have, your sleep, etc. Without any special diets, you can enhance your body’s natural detoxification system, find out here 9 simple ways to rejuvenate your body’s detoxification system.

4. Detoxifying rituals. Teas, essential oils, bath tubs,… It’s your pick! Whichever it is, enjoy while you nourish your body (and soul). Although everyday habits like getting enough sleep, drinking water, eating whole foods, etc. are what really matters, pampering ourselves with these detoxifying rituals can enhance what we’re already doing for the body, and ground us even more. So why not enjoy diffusing some essential oils while relaxing in a warm bubble bath?

How to declutter your soul and nourish your spiritual life

5. Be kind to yourself. Soul detox starts with the way you treat yourself. Cleansing of the soul will be a hard task if you will yourself up with negative talk daily. The first step to declutter your soul is to be aware of how you talk to yourself. Notice the tone, the words you use. When you detect negativity, with pure self-compassion shift your mindset to being kind to yourself. Even to the part that was mean. There is no point other than to love yourself completely and fully. You can even hug yourself – just wrap your arms around you. Show yourself the love and compassion which you give to the others you love.

6. Nature time. The entire nature is slowly waking up, coming to life. Enjoy that process first hand! Take that energy back with you, let it be the fuel for your soul. Enjoy a walk in the park, have a picnic, ride your bike. Whatever you prefer, just take in that amazing fresh energy.


Which ones would you choose? What would you also add to the list? Let me know!

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With love,

Common Unicorn

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7 Amazing Tips For Creating a Consistent and Daily Self-Care Routine

Developing a Self-Care Plan You Will Actually Stick To | Mind, Body & Soul

When you think of self-care ideas, what is it that first comes to mind? Is it #selfcaresunday, taking long bubble baths and putting on face masks? We reduced self-care practice to one day a week and to activities of pampering our skin and having an excuse to drink wine in a bath tub. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a day devoted to pampering yourself, but self-care is so much more than that. Self-care is about day-to-day tasks and small rituals that together add up to huge improvements to your wellbeing and general health – physical, emotional and spiritual. Self-care is about taking care of your whole self – your body, but also your mental health. It is about finding healthy ways to deal with stress and negative emotions.

Developing a consistent self-care routine isn’t about reaching a destination, rather enjoying the journey. When we don’t take good care of ourselves, it affects all aspects of our lives – we might feel tired, agitated, like we are always running places, lost in our thoughts, unsatisfied with life in general. It might seem hard to set aside time to take care of ourselves each day, but if we don’t, our well-being will eventually suffer.

The beginning of the self-care journey is the hardest, but there is a trick to making it easier. When you incorporate small and effective day-to-day activities into your life, eventually they become a part of your daily routine, a habit, and you simply do them, without giving them much thought (like whether you have time or willpower to do them). They become something you look forward to – your mind, body and soul feel grateful for it. It stops feeling like a luxury and starts to be a necessity – as it truly is. Wondering where to start in self-care? Keep reading then!

The Essential Guide To Practicing Self-Care Daily | Suitable For Beginners

Whether you already have developed a certain daily routine of taking care of yourself, or you are an absolute beginner, here are 7 self-care basics for mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being:

Practice journaling

You can choose your own preferred way of journaling – whether it is a morning gratitude journal (where you write down 3 things you are grateful for every morning), or a reflective journal (every night you write down the things that put a smile on your face that day), or even both.

Consciously being grateful and looking for what brings you joy is an amazing practice of self love. Check out here all the different benefits of praciting journaling.

I use a journaling app that is pretty simple and intuitive, find out here which one is it.

Morning stretch or workout

Before reaching for the phone, start your day with movement. Whether you prefer something with some cardio or just a morning stretch, moving your body when you get up energizes you and sets you up for a better mood throughout the day.

Mindfulness breathing

Mindfulness meditation is my absolute favourite tool in dealing with stress, when feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or when in need of some mind decluttering. Our mind works non-stop and we can often get lost in thought, overwhelmed by emotions those thoughts can bring – and all of this with us barely noticing it. Take a couple of mindful breaths throughout the day. Bring your focus back to the present, on what’s happening right now. Examine how your body feels. When your thoughts take you somewhere else, notice that without judgement, and come back to the present. Notice how you feel after practicing this – I bet you’ll feel better.

Step up your skincare game

Everyday stress and our modern way of living can take a toll on our skin. Nourish it and show it love. It’s not just about your skin looking better, it is about you feeling better by caring for yourself. Wash and clean your face every morning and before bed. Find the skin-care routine that works for you and invest in good skin-care products. Also remember it is not about having a bunch of different products, but the right ones (and applying them in the right order).

Go for a lunchtime walk

Clear your head, get away from the work noise, and boost your energy and concentration throughout the day. This one is mind and body type of self-care, and it is so simple, yet so powerful.

If it is sunny, that is just an additional bonus. You’ll never see me skip a lunchtime walk if it is sunny, it is such an amazing mood booster!

Make time to read

Set aside time for reading each day. It can be just a couple of minutes when you have little time to spare, but stay consistent. As time goes by, you will start to cherish those minutes. Regular reading is an amazing self-improvement technique. Find books that will help you grow and evolve, but also enjoy a simple fiction novel – for the soul. Whatever works for you really.

Have a cup of soothing herbal tea in the evening

I LOVE this one so much. It is a great way to unwind in the evening and get ready for a good night sleep – all you have to be careful of is that you choose a herbal blend that is for relaxing (and not waking up). Whether you drink it curled up with a good book, watching tv, or simply relaxing by the window, you’ll be enjoying some wonderful me-time.


Before There Was Self-Care, There Was Self-Love

Before diving into a self-care routine, the most important thing is to show yourself love and compassion. Embrace self-love, and taking care of yourself comes after that naturally. Be kind to yourself. Take it slow and progress from wherever you are. If some days you forget something or you’re just not in the mood – don’t beat yourself up. Day by day, it’ll come naturally and you will enjoy pampering yourself more and more.

Let me know what you think of the list – would you add or remove something? Do you find this list helpful? How does your routine so far look? What do you want to work on?

If you enjoyed this read, then you’ll love these 7 tips to help you maintain your health and wellness this summer.

With love,

Common Unicorn

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