That one word can stir up lots of feelings and emotions.
February 14th brings with it excitement, anxiety and even sadness in some of us. And it doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a relationship. Feelings are universal. But one way everyone, no matter who you are or what situation you find yourself in, can embrace Valentines Day, is by embracing your most important Valentine: YOU!
Self-love through self-care!
Self-care is self-love, and here are some ideas for how you can practice it:
Put down your phone. Social media can often be a great source of human interaction, but disconnecting for an hour or two could be a good way to take an opportunity to take care of you.
Take a walk in the woods and think about all the positive things in your life, like how good you are at your job and hobbies, and what great family and friends you have.
Did someone say spa day?!?
Read a book. Reading is a peaceful and rewarding activity that opens your mind to new adventures.
Meditate. It’s a great way to achieve a sense of calm, peace and clarity. (Here’s a link for beginners.)
Take a bath with all the luxurious fixings, like bath bombs and salts, music, candles and your favorite beverage!
Stretch. That’s right. “Stretch.” It’s so good for you and can release endorphins, as does...
…Exercise: Any form of exercise that’s enjoyable to you. It fills you up with endorphins!
Indulge at your favorite restaurant. Treating ourselves every now and then to the treats we love is actually a good thing. Forget the diet for a day.
Sleep in. You deserve it after a busy week at work!
Get a Massage! Enough said.
There are so many things we can do as a way to care for and rejuvenate ourselves. Because when we try loving ourselves first, there’s a good chance that love will spread to every other area of our lives.
This post was written collaboratively by Annabel and Cory. Different life paths, but a shared belief in the importance of self-love and self-care.