Every year, February is a short month jam-packed with a ton to do. For me, that includes my birthday and a vacation. For others (myself also included) it means the Super Bowl, the Olympics this year and Valentine’s Day. Even when I’ve had a boyfriend, Valentine’s Day didn’t mean much to me…it’s just not my thing. But I do know lots of people love it, and some even hate it. Either way, I thought it would be nice to share some ways to show some TLC to yourself this year. Beau or not, you still need love!
Lots of self care and love posts you’ll find will talk about body image and perception, and learning how to love yourself regardless of what the world may tell you. I stand by that! Look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re beautiful and mean it. It isn’t easy and those posts have valuable content and tools. I didn’t want to take that direction here, though. I wanted to write this post with the focus on reconnecting with yourself for both fun and the realization of what you need from you. Hope you enjoy!
Four Fool-Proof Ways to Practice Self Love
Meditate: even if this isn’t usually your thing, I encourage you to spend 10 minutes a day meditating. You really don’t need more than that! We’re so stimulated from the environment that sometimes we give ourselves only the bare minimum we need to survive. Spending 10 minutes quietly alone with yourself will really reconnect your mind and body. If you need help, try Headspace.
Indulge on Something Frivolous: whether to you this means a delicious latte or new dress, either way, it’s nice to treat yourself to something just because you want it. I’m not saying break the bank, just get yourself a little present that isn’t for practical purposes. Oh, and preferably do this shopping in person! The instant gratification will feel amazing.
Take Yourself Out with No Schedule: Spend a day with yourself! I know this is tricky, especially because 24 hours is a long time to be alone, but it doesn’t have to feel that way! Go to a museum and wander, or if there’s a movie you’ve been wanting to see? Go see it. I’m not talking about errands or grocery shopping, I mean take part in enjoyable activities. If you’re comfortable eating out alone, I recommend it! Take a stroll through a park or unexplored neighborhood. Or, get pampered. A facial or blowout is a great way to wind down, and you ideally leave your appointment feeling fabulous.
Sleep: Literally. Let yourself sleep. Don’t worry about your to-do list or what others need from you. Let your body rest. Before bed, take a hot shower or bath and take your time moisturizing (it could feel like a mini massage!). Curl up in bed without technology and let your body recover. It will change you!
What are other ways you like to practice self love and care? Please share so other readers can have the option to try!