Written by Grandview Kids Peer Navigator Jacki N.
For the past few summers, I have sat down with my four children and created a Summer Bucket List. We brainstormed 15 items that we wanted to do in the summer, then constructed our list as a family. Going to a splash pad, hosting a family baseball game, and visiting an ice cream truck always seem to make the chart. Each year, we check off most of the list, and I can prioritize what is important to my kids over the summer.
But I was thinking I may put a spin on it this year…
Self-care is essential. When you fill your own bucket, you are a better parent and caregiver. That is why, this summer, I have decided to create my own Self-Care Bucket List (and don’t worry, my children are still getting their Bucket lists). I am going to challenge other Grandview parents and caregivers to do the same thing.
By thinking about my wants, priorities and dreams, I am practicing self-care. Self-care replenishes our energy, focus and positivity; it ensures our needs are being met. So often, we get caught up in the important role of taking care of others that we forget about ourselves.
I recognize that taking time away for some may be difficult due to your child/ren’s needs. Self-care doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive, but it should be meaningful and customized for you. Self-care looks different for everybody. Taking time to rest, re-charge or indulge means you will have more energy and strength to take on the next step in your parenting and caregiving journey.
Let’s see how you can commit to better self-care this summer.
Start your own Summer Self-Care Bucket List:
Grab a pen and paper and write down at least five things you want to do this summer; this equates roughly to one thing every two weeks. Think of places you may want to visit, something you have been putting off, or a new food you want to try. These items can be things you do with your loved ones or on your own. They also can be free or have a cost. The only requirement is that they are what you want to do.
Once your list is complete, put it in a location that is easily visible. Take pleasure in checking off the items on your list and loving yourself.
Here are some ideas from our Grandview Kids’ Peer Navigators’ Summer Bucket Lists:
- Read by the water
- Ride a roller coaster
- Bake a cake
- Have a spa day
- Visit a new place
- Take a course and learn something new
- Bike ride in a scenic area
- Watch a thunderstorm on the porch
- Attend a concert
- Revisit your love of woodworking and build a bench
- Get hair done
- Go on a day trip with extended family
- Have a night away or date-night with your spouse
- Try a new restaurant
- Spend the day with faraway friends/family
- Walk outside every day
- Try Pilates
- Watch a sunset and a sunrise
- Start painting again
Go on… get started! What will fill your bucket?
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