Everyone has different thoughts and feelings about the holiday. However, self-care can always be added to your routine to improve your well-being. Whether you are happily single, in a relationship, feeling lonely, or want a few extra ideas for ways you can improve your self-care game this Valentine’s Day, we have got you covered.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” It’s essential to recognize that self-care involves taking responsibility and responding to circumstances under our control. We are our best advocates. To start, we can incorporate things one step at a time to develop self-care practices that boost our mood and strengthen our overall health.
• Connection with supportive people
If you’re feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day, there are ways you can foster relationships with others (not just romantic ones). Spend time with supportive people and make a connection. This could include meeting up with a friend, calling a loved one, or making plans to share a meal or treat with a family member.
• Be Kind to Yourself
The first step is to be aware of your thought patterns. Try not to judge them. Next, when you notice a negative thought, practice compassion. Flip the idea around and repeat it to yourself (whether you believe the new study or not). For example, say you tripped, fell, and thought, “Wow, I’m always so clumsy, I can never go a day without tripping over myself.”
• Make Time for contemplation
Self-reflection is a self-care practice that can strengthen our emotional intelligence and improve our ability to cope with challenges. To do this, make quiet time with yourself to reflect and turn inward. This could stem from more common forms of self-care, like journaling, taking a bath, or sitting with a cup of tea.
• Take a break from using the phone
We spend a lot of time looking at phones is a mindless habit. Before we know it, we pull out our phones and open our favourite social media app. Our brains love this because it provides a hit of dopamine, the brain’s feel-good chemical. In addition, with all these bursts of scrolling, screen time throughout the day can add up quickly. We all deserve to relax, but it’s important to limit screen time. While easier said than done, our mind often needs an additional barrier to help reduce it. Try putting screen time limits on your phone. Doing so will increase the friction surrounding it.