Love and Self Care
The most recognizable or celebrated holiday in February is Valentines’ Day. This day is usually celebrated by individuals buying gifts (chocolate, flowers, jewelry, handmade cards, etc.) or doing deeds to show someone that they love and care about them. I have gotten my fair share of these type gifts and I must admit that I appreciated and enjoyed every one of them. However, there were some gifts that were complete duds, but that is a subject for another day.
As a wife, mother, social worker and natural giver or helper, I often find myself expending a lot of time and energy into other people. And, although some duties come with the job, I do the extra things out of love for the people in my life and who I serve in my professional capacity. I often leave little time for myself and sometimes I am worn out at the end of the day. This year for Valentines’ Day, I aim to do something different. I’m sure that I’ll still receive gifts from my loves (husband and son) to help celebrate the day. But this year I am doing something for myself to remind me to love and appreciate me.
This month (and probably every month for the remainder of the year) I’m going to show myself some love. I’m going to buy those shoes that I’ve had my eye on but always talk myself out of buying. I’m going to take at least 20 minutes of time for myself each day, whether it is taking a nice quiet bubble bath, meditating or watching an episode of a TV show that I keep missing. I’m going to exercise more. If I don’t take care better care of my emotional and physical health, then all the other stuff is for naught.
This year, I encourage you to take time for yourself. As I take the journey of showing more love for myself, my goal is to not feel worn out or neglected. My goal is to be a better wife mother, social worker and natural giver.