It's so easy to get caught up in the Valentine's Day stress. But love is more than finding the perfect card or box of chocolates one day per year. It's the daily choices to show those you love just how much you appreciate them.
But what if we are missing a huge component of love?
Yes, we are going there. So many of our treasured clients and caregivers open up and confess how they've been neglecting themselves for far too long. They put off things like going to the doctor for check-ups, scheduling a long overdue massage or chiropractor appointment, or even making time to workout at the gym.
So perhaps we need a few healthy reminders of how to practice self-love, even if you are caring for a loved one full-time, or juggling other priorities.
1. Write Yourself a Love Note
This may sound cheesy, but write yourself a little note and tuck it away. Reference it anytime you're feeling a little melancholy or blue. Remind yourself in the note of your strengths, achievements, and goals.
2. Just Say No
Sometimes we get overwhelmed and forget that we can easily say 'no' to invites, requests, and other things that we just don't want to do. Give yourself permission to bail. Too many of us are 'people pleasers' and this may be hard at first. Instead, fill your calendar with things that make you feel empowered, uplifted and inspired.
3. Surround Yourself With Supportive People
Studies show that we are ultimately the sum of the 5 people we spend the most time with, so choose wisely! Limit time with that chronic complainer, and say YES to that friend who always builds you up and makes you feel like a superhero. Unfollow negative people and pages on social media, and make time with good friends a priority.
4. Celebrate the Little Things
Order pizza and eat it on your favorite dish. Break open the champagne when you achieve even the smallest of wins. Heck, have your iced coffee in champagne flute if it makes you smile. Dig in your closet and find that outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks and wear it out today - even if it's just to Target. Book a hair appointment, even if it's just for a blow dry and style.
5. Practice Gratitude
Being thankful for what we have is the only way to multiply our blessings. End each day by recording five things for which you are grateful in a journal. Do this everyday and watch your blessings increase!
Self-care doesn't have to be a chore, and it doesn't have to take over your life. Add one or more of these ideas and see how it goes. We are cheering for you.
If you are a family caregiver and have a loved one you care for, consider bringing in one of our Kind Companions to alleviate your schedule. We can step in an help out, even if it's just for a few hours per week. Reach out to us today for more information.