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6 Ways to Treat Yourself this Summer

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 14, 2018

6 Ways to Treat Yourself this Summer

Half of 2018 is almost over and the 2018 PWCC 2018 Season has come to a close.  Now that you have more time on your hand (smile), here are 6 sweet actions that’ll help slash stress, boost happiness and improve overall health this Summer.

1. Put Yourself on your Schedule

Look at your schedule and put into practice having some free time for yourself during the day. Set 30 minutes apart for your personal alone time every day: no phones, no computers, no social media. Take the time to do what you like without any distractions.

2. Do Something for the Joy of it

Find something you enjoy. Maybe you’re artistic and have a talented outlet and you enjoy making jewelry or painting. Maybe you’re an avid tennis player and you enjoy physical activity.  Whatever brings you joy, do it! If you don’t know what brings you joy, this is a great time to find out by trying new things, getting out of your comfort zone, and learning something different.  Here are a few things to try for the joy of it:

       Go to a free music festival in one of the beautiful Chicago parks

●       Make potpourri from seasonal flowers

       Catch fireflies

       Do a walking tour of your city

       Blow bubbles (love this one, try it with your kids)

       Throw a BBQ for friends and family

       Have a water balloon fight

       Play with the kids or the neighbor’s kids

       Do an outside workout

       Dance around


3. Laugh Out Loud

Chuckling and giggling benefit our mental and physical health, especially when combined with a physical activity. Giving into a case of the funnies can improve our overall quality of life, while getting goofy with other people can help us connect with the people we laugh with and foster our relationships. Watch a funny movie or a comedy on television.  Better yet, have a slumber party with your besties, watch your favorite sitcoms, and get goofy. 

4. Indulge in a Massage

Set aside some time to experience the bliss of massage. It soothes both the mind and muscles, improves sleep quality, and reduces stress.  While you are it, get a manicure a pedicure, a facial, or all of the above, why not.

5. Cuddle

Whether you’re the big spoon or little spoon, cuddling is good for you. Studies show that physical contact reduces stress and releases a hormone called oxtocin that boosts happiness.

6. Indulge in Some Retail Therapy

Shopaholics, rejoice!  Hitting the mall can help ease mild depression and make us more confident, according to some researchers.  Another study suggests that purchasing new clothes can lift a person’s mood (can attest to this one!).  Science aside, treating yourself to something shiny, special, and new (it doesn’t have to be expensive!) is a pretty surefire way to put a smile on your face.

Make it an extra sweet and fun summer.

Submitted by:

Elaine Mikesell, Ph.D.
Managing Partner, Mikesell Digital Consulting - WSI Agency

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

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