Valentines Day is tomorrow and for some, it's a fun time of the year to show the special people if your life how much you love them. For others the day can represent a time of sorrow. Maybe you're casually dating at the moment, widowed, divorced, separating or single and this may be a day that doesn't feel like love.
Let's change that. This year, Valentines Day can be a day of SELF LOVE. Regardless if you're sharing this day with someone or not, you can make part of this day a day for just you.
Here are a few things you can do on Valentines Day that will empower you, boost your confidence and pamper yourself with self love.
IN THE MORNING- Within the first 10 minutes of waking up, sit down in a quiet space and meditate for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Light a candle if you would like, turn on some meditation music if that helps, and breathe. "Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit your emotional well-being and your overall health. You also can use it to relax and cope with stress by focusing on something that calms you. Meditation can help you learn to stay centered and keep inner peace." - Mayoclinic.org.
IN THE AFTERNOON- Grab your favorite melanin cropped hoodie from Glamourina and go outside and get some fresh air. "Spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. For example, research into ecotherapy (a type of formal treatment which involves doing activities outside in nature) has shown it can help with mild to moderate depression. This might be due to combining regular physical activity and social contact with being outside in nature." -Mind.org
IN THE EVENING- Grab a notebook and journal. Journaling has been shown to have a positive impact on our mental and physical well being. "Keeping a journal helps you create order when your world feels like it’s in chaos. You get to know yourself by revealing your most private fears, thoughts, and feelings. Look at your writing time as personal relaxation time. It's a time when you can de-stress and wind down. Write in a place that's relaxing and soothing, maybe with a cup of tea. Look forward to your journaling time. And know that you're doing something good for your mind and body." -Rochester.edu
A final takeaway: Renew your commitment to self care by spending a part of Valentines Day doing things just for you.