Why hello there, summer 2021 – how nice of you to show up.

2020 was probably a write-off for most of us, but 2021 is looking a whole lot more promising. Restrictions are starting to lift, which means we’re starting to get a glimpse into regular life once again. There are more possibilities, more opportunities, and more adventures to be had. But let’s talk about how self-love fits into this.

For a lot of us, the summer can feel a little… challenging, per se. The hotter months mean fewer clothes, which can bring us face to face with our own insecurities. And since our social calendars may be a little fuller than last year, we need to remember to make time for our own self-love.

We’ve put together a complete self-love summer bucket list for you to print off here. They range from little things to larger commitments to help you prioritize your own self-love. Let’s go over everything.

Also read: Why You Need to Look At Yourself As The Main Character This Summer

2021 Self-Love Summer Bucket List

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Go for a walk

Put on some sunscreen, lace up your shoes, and venture out into the world. A walk can look like anything from a 5-minute jot down the street to a 2-hr hike in the woods. This isn’t a race or a marathon – the point of it is to get you out of the house. Honour your own fitness levels, listen to your needs, and do what works for you. 

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Wear shorts

Oh, shorts. If you’ve ever felt insecure about your legs, then you’ve probably felt the struggle that comes along with wearing shorts. Shorts can feel overwhelming, revealing, and downright uncomfortable if your legs rub together. The summer months are hot, and you deserve to cool off, regardless of how you think you look. If you’re brand new to shorts, start off by wearing them at home. Find styles and cuts that make you feel confident, and then slowly start to wear them more and more. There is no race, so take it as slow as you need to. And once you’re ready, check that sucker off and feel proud of yourself.

Eat at a local patio

2020 was rough on all of us, but it especially hit our small businesses and restaurants. Depending on the restrictions in your area and what’s accessible for you, try to hit up a local patio this summer. There’s nothing quite like eating outside, and not having to do the cooking or the clean-up is always a bonus. If you can’t do this because of the restrictions in your area or your own comfort level, try having a picnic with some takeout instead. It’s still a strange time, so listen to your own needs and go from there.

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Go social-media free for the weekend 

Social media is great when it’s positive and welcoming, but let’s face it, it doesn’t always stay that way. At times, it can feel toxic, overwhelming, hostel, and downright negative. Try to plan a weekend where you can log off, disconnect, and focus on what’s in front of you.

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Have a beach day

The beach can bring up a ton of feelings for some folk, especially if you haven’t been in a while. Make sure you go with people who make you feel comfortable and can help you focus on having a good time, versus how you think you look – because ultimately, that’s what matters. Put on some sunscreen, lay out your towel, bring a ball, and have fun. 

Have a bonfire

A summer staple. There’s just nothing quite like roasting marshmallows on an open fire while singing with your friends. The best part is that you can easily social distance around a bonfire if that makes you feel more comfortable

Journal daily

Regardless of who you are or what’s going on in your life, journaling is an amazing way to organize your thoughts and get them down onto paper. If you’re new to journaling and don’t know where to begin, all you need to know is that there is no right or wrong way to go about it, so you can do pretty much anything. You can jot down point-form notes about your day and how you’re doing, or you can write a 5 paragraph essay about it. Or, if you really want, you can even go the bullet journal route and use a checklist or colouring system to track your day. It’s all about you, so listen to your needs and customize accordingly.

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Wear a bathing suit

This may be easier said than done. Similar to shorts, bathing suits can feel overwhelming, revealing, and downright uncomfortable, too. It can feel as though you’re totally on display for the world to see, with virtually nothing to hide behind. Here is your friendly reminder that every single body is already summer-ready and worthy of a bathing suit. Just like with the shorts, take this at your own pace. Get comfortable wearing it at home, and slowly venture out when you feel ready. But remember, your body is the least interesting thing about you – wear what you want and trust that you are enough. 

Say yes to an event

Raise your hand if you’ve ever let your insecurities hold you back from saying yes to an event. Whether you’re nervous about what to wear or who you’ll talk to, the reality is that there are a ton of reasons why we may be reluctant to say yes to something. This summer, try to say yes to an event (whether it’s on Zoom or in-person) that you really want to go to. 

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Reach out to an old friend

Do you ever feel like time is going by quicker and quicker? Life gets busy, things come up (including the global pandemic we just went through), and we can easily lose touch with the people we care about. If you find yourself thinking about an old friend this summer, reach out to them. It doesn’t need to be anything serious, just say hi and let them know you’re thinking of them. You never know, they may have popped into your head for a reason.

Go for a drive

Another summer staple. Put on a great playlist, open the windows, and head out on an adventure. If you want to take it up a notch, see if there are places in your area (or within driving distance) that you’ve never been to that you want to check out. It could be anything from a trail you’ve never been to, to a chip truck that you’ve heard makes the best fries. Just go out and have fun.

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Visit the local farmers market

There’s nothing quite like a trip to the farmers market in the summer. Spend a morning looking at the vendors, grab yourself some flowers, and pick up some fresh fruit and veg. Depending on the time of year, see if you can cook a meal entirely from the food you got. Get creative and enjoy!

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Get dressed up

If you have clothes in your closet that you’ve been dreaming of wearing but haven’t been able to since you’ve been at home for the past year, here is your official invitation to get dressed up. Whether you want to invite your friends to get dressed, come over and drink wine, or you just want to throw on a formal dress to eat dinner by yourself, you don’t need an event to get a little fancy. Life is short, so wear what you want.

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