If you’re single in February, Valentine’s Day can be hard. It might be tempting to shut yourself off from others and dig into the ice cream and watch a chick flick marathon. While this isn’t necessarily bad, it can lead to depressive thoughts and feelings. How about practicing a healthy self-care practice so you stay positive even if you’re feeling a little bummed this Valentine’s Day? No matter what your relationship status is or what the holiday approaching is, incorporating a self-care practice can be extremely beneficial to your health and mood.
So why should you practice self-care? What is it anyway?
Self-care is pretty simple. It means taking care of your own needs. Too often, we get so busy with life and taking care of others, we forget or don’t allow ourselves to take care of our own needs.
Have you ever heard the quote, “you can’t pour from any empty cup”? You can relate this to your life. Have you ever gotten so busy doing things for others that you felt completely tired, drained and even sick? Then when your kids needed something, you snapped at them. You simply forgot to take care of yourself too! When you take care of yourself, you are more able to be there for others with a positive mood. Don’t think of it as selfish, think of it as a necessity.
Here are a few ideas for your self-care practice:
- Make a list of things that you love to do and your favorite ways to pamper yourself. It could be a hobby that you always put off, a relaxing bubble bath or getting a massage once a month. Make the list however long you want.
- If you are unsure of what to start adding to your list, start thinking about these questions.
- When do you feel the calmest? The most centered? Happy?
- What are you doing? Who are you with?
- What things do you love but feel they are too expensive or indulgent? A massage, a bath, etc. Are they really or is that just an excuse?
- Take a look at your list and start scheduling self-care. If you have really forgotten to take care of yourself for a while now, you can start small. Put one thing on your calendar for the month and work your way up to doing something for yourself once a week. When you get really good at it, you’ll make sure to schedule time for yourself every day!
Do you have a self-care practice? What is part of your self-care practice? Share with us!