We often think of Valentine’s Day as a day to give a special someone a gift such as flowers, chocolates or a greeting card. It feels great to be loved and to love. In fact it is well-documented that being in love has many health benefits and can transform the way one feel about themselves. There is a lot of pressure around Valentine’s Day. What present do you buy? For whom? How do we celebrate?
Whether you are married, dating, single or otherwise, Valentine’s Day is still for you. It is the season of love and do you know who always deserves your love and attention? Look in the mirror.
What if you turned Valentine’s Day into ways to love yourself? Even if you are in a relationship with someone you want to share love with, you can still incorporate ways to love yourself as well. Loving ourselves is essential to our overall well-being, success and happiness. Often when one begins to love themselves, the rest of their life falls into place and loving others becomes easier. But…… how do we love and nurture ourselves? Just as any relationship needs attention to grow, so does the relationship with yourself.
Wake up with Intention
Setting your day from the moment you wake up is that best way to begin your day with a mindset of intention. From the moment your eyes open until you touch your feet to the ground can make a huge difference on what the rest of your day looks like. Upon waking, I like to think about 3 things I am grateful for followed by 3 goals I have. Then I open my eyes, place my feet on the ground reach/stretch my hands to the sky and start my day A day set with conscious intention.
Find things all day long to be grateful for that can help change the inner negative dialogue that you might have adopted throughout the years. There are always things to be grateful for. Are you grateful for the roof over your head? Or your healthy body? Or a good night sleep? Or the stranger that smiled? Or the breath you just took? Sometimes its the littlest things we find ourselves being grateful for that really sparks.
Pampering yourself can be as simple as taking a hot bath. There are many self care techniques that you can use to love yourself, like making sleep a priority, making yourself a bath, lathering your body with lotion, giving yourself a pedicure, taking yourself for a massage, sitting in a beautiful space with a cup of tea or taking yourself for a walk. Pampering yourself is the ultimate feeling of loving yourself.
Spend Time Alone
“Me Time” is important to reset and recharge, especially for those that have children or who are caretakers. Even an hour a week dedicated to yourself will help you and those around you. Spending time by yourself in nature is the ultimate gift for the soul. The way you learn about how you work and what is important to you is spending time with you.
Nourish Your Body
You are what you put in your mouth. Drink lots of clean water and eat organic whole foods. Move your body. Stretch it out. Sweat it out. Scrub your skin. Lotion yourself up. Give yourself a hug. Love your self.
Choose Who You Spend Your Time With
Surround yourself with uplifting, supportive people who are inspired by life and are grateful to live. The energy you share with another being can be contagious so make sure you choose quality people to spend your time with.
I hope that you will practice self-love today and everyday. Valentine’s Day should not be the only day when love is shown to another person or yourself. Make loving yourself a daily habit for your well-being. Ultimately, you cannot truly love another until you love yourself first. Practicing self care doesn’t take a lot of time and even a little love can transform your life a long way.