by Deniss Pleiner, M.A.
In a world that often demands our constant productivity, engaging in self-care becomes an act of resistance-- an act of inner child healing. And what better time than the summer to engage in some outdoor self-care for your mental health?
From taking the time to reconnect with nature to adopting new healthy habits, acts of self-care reaffirm your right to prioritize your well-being. These are opportunities to allow your inner child to play, rest, and feel joy.
1️⃣ Nature Retreat: Immerse yourself in the beauty of the great outdoors. Go for a hike, have a picnic in the park, or take a peaceful walk along the beach.
2️⃣ Mindful Moments: Practice mindfulness to find inner peace and clarity. Start your day with meditation, check-in with your inner child, or simply find a quiet spot to savor the present moment.
3️⃣Digital Detox: Take a break from screens, embrace the world around you, and play. Disconnect from technology for a day, spend quality time with loved ones, read a book under the shade of a tree, or engage in outdoor sports.
4️⃣Healthy Habits: Nourish your body and mind with healthy choices. Stay hydrated, savor nutritious summer fruits and vegetables, engage in regular exercise, and prioritize restful sleep. Take care of your physical well-being for a more balanced mental state. Re-parenting yourself is part of the work too.
Rest and enjoyment is how we heal our inner child. Is also a way we honor generations before us. These activities have been privileges for generations before you for far too long.
Unapologetically embrace self-care as an act of resistance, inner child healing, empowering yourselves and inspiring others to do the same.
If you would like more support in your inner child healing from from a culturally aligned therapist, schedule a free consultation with us.
Deniss Pleiner, M.A. is the founder and Clinical Director of TOC Therapy-- a group
practice in California tailored to meet the mental
health needs of adults through individual and couple's therapy. As Clinical Director, Deniss guides the clinical development of TOC Therapy Associates and oversees clinical services and offerings. Deniss also works as a Mental Health Advocate, hosting workshops for organizations interested in supporting their member's mental health and developing emotionally intelligent leadership.