Recently while checking out at the grocery, my cashier stated she couldn’t take care of herself. She was too busy caring for others.
Understood! We get so caught up in the rat race of working, taking care of family, satisfying others, that we put ourselves last.
Perhaps we should reverse that thinking. Put ourselves first. If we do, we will have more energy, more optimism, and more caring for those we love and those around us.
Here’s my Valentine’s Day challenge! Let’s make it a Self-Care Day.
- Sleep in
- Turn off the computer
- Put the phone in airplane mode
- Go for a run
- Attend a sports event
- Get a massage
- Go out to eat
- Buy flowers
- Cook your favorite dish
- Enjoy a concert or movie with a friend
- Read a good book
- Write in a journal
- Take a yoga class
- Have a good laugh
Then, when Valentine’s Day is past, keep up this routine. Schedule a Self-Care day periodically. Get into the habit of putting yourself first, not last.
If a full day of self-care seems unreasonable, carve out an hour each day, just for you. You deserve it!
Over time, expand that hour to nourish your soul. We only have one life so why not take time out for self-care?
My favorite poet and playwright, William Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3, as Polonius was giving his last piece of advice to his son, Laertes:
This above all: to thine own self be true.
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!