The month of February is known for Valentine’s Day: the day of love. As you celebrate this holiday by sending cards, candy, flowers and other gifts to loved ones, take time to love yourself.
Self-care is easily overlooked in our hectic lifestyles. But, how can you love your neighbor as yourself, if you aren’t tending to your own needs? I want you to spend some time thinking, dreaming and planning what makes you feel special and loved. Then, schedule time each month to love yourself through your five senses.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Surround yourself with colors and objects that you love. Maybe it’s time to paint the kitchen or add a new rug or pillows to your living room. Even small changes will make a difference and you’ll feel like you have a new place to gather!
- Do something with your photos. Most of us have oodles of great photos on our laptops and phones – take the time to print and frame them. Go to a craft or discount store and purchase inexpensive frames to paint. Go crazy with color and let your creative side shine through!
- Or, make a book of photos for your spouse, child, relative or yourself! Check out the app GrooveBook for help with this.
- Make a reading list. Ask friends and family to suggest new titles that you might enjoy. Be sure you watch for free downloads that are offered from time to time. Maybe there’s a local or online Book Club you’d like to join. Surround yourself with other women loving themselves!
- Fill your home with beautiful music! Listen to new artists and styles of music on free music sites such as Pandora or Spotify. And while you’re at it, do a little dancing – no one is looking!
- Buy a new candle for your home.
- Bake something scrumptious and fill your home with delicious aromas!
- Purchase a new perfume or body lotion. Spend time trying on different scents – there is just something special about wearing a new fragrance!
- Get a massage. This is a big splurge for most of us, but plan ahead. Ask all your family and friends to give you money or gift cards to use with your favorite massage therapist.
- Hold a baby. If you are an empty nester like myself, ask a Mom with young children to let you babysit while she gets a few hours of alone time (pass forward self-care). Or, volunteer in your church nursery. And when you hold these precious children, feel their soft skin and hair. This will take you back to holding your own children – without the 3 a.m. feedings!
- Try a new restaurant or recipe. Invite friends over for dinner or dessert and share dishes. The idea is to sample new tastes with great company!
- This is also a great time to show yourself love and begin eating healthy. Ask a friend or family member to join you as you decide to try recipes that fit into a healthy lifestyle.
I want to challenge you to be intentional about scheduling time to nurture yourself in 2014. Let us know how you will love yourself through your five senses!