Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Today me and the hubs are enjoying our kid free time while Jayden is in school to do a little shopping for our home, a quick blog photo shoot for me, and then ending it with lunch at my favorite sushi restaurant. I was hoping the Black Panther movie would be out right now, but unfortunately it isn’t out till tomorrow. My husband and I love watching all the Marvel Movies together, but we will have to wait till the next time he is off to watch it. Today I wanted to talk about self-care and loving yourself. No matter what day, whether it’s Valentine’s or not, or if your single or married, the most important thing for any healthy relationship to thrive is for you to love yourself and practice self-care, because if you aren’t happy with yourself you can never really be truly happy in a relationship with someone else. Today I am sharing my top 15 ways to practice self-care this Valentine’s Day and this adorable Feel Good sweater for only $15.
Love Yourself – 15 Ways to Practice Self Care
1. Choose who you spend your time with today – surround yourself with positive people, invite a friend or family member that radiates positive energy in your life.
2. Stroke a pet – I have three and I can honestly say I am so much happier with all of them. If you don’t have one go visit an animal shelter, just be prepared you might fall in love and take one home with you.
3. Get positive feedback – Ask three good friends to tell you what they love about you.
4. Make a small connection – Have a few sentences of conversation with someone in customer service such as a sales assistant or barista.
5. Splurge a little – Buy a small luxury as a way of valuing yourself.
6. Have a self-date – Spend an hour alone doing something that nourishes you (reading, your hobby, visiting a museum or gallery, etc.)
7. Exercise a signature strength – Think about what you’re good at, and find an opportunity for it today.
8. Take a home spa – Have a long bath or shower, sit around in your bathrobe, and read magazines.
9. Ask for help – big or small, but reach out.
10. Take a quick nap – Ten to twenty minutes can reduce your sleep debt and leave you ready for action.
11. Give your body a treat – Indulge in your favorite treat, whether it be your favorite candy or dessert.
12. Be still – Sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes.
13. Get fifteen minutes of sun – enjoy a nice walk outside or go to the park and have a little picnic.
14. Have a good laugh – Watch your favorite comedy or go see a show. Laughter releases endorphins that scientifically make you feel happier.
15. Plan a two-day holiday for next weekend – Take a break and venture out to a new city or town and enjoy being lost in the wonders of something new.
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I hope you enjoyed these 15 Ways to Practice Self Care. I know as a mom, now more than ever, how I take care of myself is a direct reflection of how I take care of my family. We might feel guilty for taking a break, or wanting to get away for a bit, but it is perfectly normal to take a break, to get help, and to do something for yourself. So this Valentine’s Day I am leaving you with some of my favorite quotes about self-care, and I hope more than anything you love yourself.
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Jack Kornfield
Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. – Etty Hillesum
Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. – Steve Maraboli
Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. – Christopher Germer
“Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.”
– Nathaniel Branden
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
– Anne Lamott
“You owe yourself the love that you so freely give others.”
“Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too.”
– L.R. Knost
“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”
– Mandy Hale
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
– Eleanor Brownn
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