This sort of goes without saying but women are superheroes. While we don’t get the fancy capes, we certainly do possess super strength. Our ability to push out babies, deal with cramps, and endure hot flashes in menopause are all superpowers if you ask me! However, we rarely celebrate ourselves. We often ensure that the needs of our loved ones come well before our own.
Since Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love and affection, let’s dedicate it to appreciating ourselves. They say self-love is the best love, so keep reading to learn 8 ways to promote self-care this February.
1. Coloring Books Aren’t Just For Kids
Turns out that coloring is a great way to not only entertain adults but also reduce stress. The American Art Therapy Association says that creating artwork helps with the following:
- Exploring and reconciling your emotions
- Fostering self-awareness
- Managing behavior
- Reducing anxiety
- Increasing self-esteem
Today, there are tons of adult coloring books online that you can order and integrate into your self-care routine. If you’re ready to try an inexpensive activity that some say is similar to therapy and even meditation, then adult coloring is it.
2. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
Take a moment to think of some of your favorite childhood memories. Maybe it’s being at the skating rink, going to the drive-in with friends, or eating your favorite ice cream cone with a relative. While so simple, good ole nostalgia has the power to ease anxiety and take you back to a happy place. Try the following to tap into the wonderful memories of your past:
- Turn on the tunes! Music has a way of bringing you back to childhood crushes, high school dances, and even college experiences. Don’t be surprised if you’re singing along to songs you haven’t heard in years.
- Bring out the old photos
- Listen to old voicemails from people you miss
- Cook one of your favorite recipes from past dinners with family and friends
It’s said that revisiting your past can help you create a better future, so give it a go.
3. Get it Delivered
Convenience is a big thing these days so why not embrace it. Many grocery and meal delivery mobile apps give you a discount if it’s your first time using the service. No need for you to brave the cold and search the aisles or pick-up/carry-out when someone else can do it for you. You deserve this!
In today’s world, you can also have any potentially embarrassing products delivered straight to your door (bladder leak protection, anyone?). Try a service like Lily Bird to find out how great it is to not worry about running into your friend from book club with such personal items in your cart.
4. Take It A Step Further With a Concierge
Don’t feel like doing a thing but still need everything done? Then see if there’s a concierge company local to you. It sounds fancy and expensive but it doesn’t have to be. These companies can organize laundry services, provide a housekeeper, send a massage therapist to you, run your errands, and even arrange for a private chef to whip up a meal at your home. Talk about next-level self-care.
5. Binge Watch All Day Long
Grab your favorite throw, pop some popcorn, and get cozy. Make it a point to watch whatever you want and rewind your favorite parts numerous times unapologetically.
6. Read Something
If you still have magazines coming to your home, when was the last time you had a chance to read them? Grab that stack of magazines collecting dust in the corner and be entertained by juicy stories and beauty tips. Have you been eyeing a book for a while? Purchase a hard-copy or download it on Audible or Kindle and just relax. Maybe even take a bubble bath while you read or listen.
7. Walk It Out
There are so many benefits to walking. For one, it’s free to do and who can argue with that? Secondly, the health benefits are astounding. Take a day and walk around your favorite park. This simple self-love activity has the ability to:
- Burn calories
- Boost your immune system
- Tone legs
- Improve your mood
8. Don’t Set an Alarm
When was the last time you didn’t wake up to the blaring sound of your alarm clock? Chances are, it’s probably been a while. Decide on a night to switch off your alarm clock so you can wake up the next morning on your own. Our body has a circadian rhythm, or an inner clock, that cycles between alertness and sleepiness. You may find yourself more energized and productive if you allow your body to wake up when it’s ready.
You Deserve It
We’ve given you 8 self-care activities but can you think of any more? Share your ideas in the comments. Remember, this is all about celebrating you so do what sparks joy for you. We know you bend over backward for everyone else but when’s the last time you did that for yourself? Lady, you deserve it. Get your self-love on not only this Valentine’s Day but also every day of your life.
By Jessica Thomas, MPH