Show Yourself Some Love This February

self-love relaxing bathFebruary doesn’t have to be about showering others with truffles and roses. It can be a great opportunity to do something special for yourself. After all, when you take good care of yourself first, you’re better able to support the important people in your life.

One of the best ways to show yourself some love is through self-care. The term self-care means doing something that you enjoy; it can be anything that makes you feel happier, healthier, or less stressed.

Self-Care 101

If you’re not sure where to start, make a list of different activities that make you feel good. It may include:

  • Talking with a friend on the phone
  • Doing yoga
  • Reading a book
  • Watching a TV show that you like
  • Taking a nap
  • Taking a warm bath or shower

Then, whether you have a few minutes, an hour, or more, choose something that you can do to help recharge your battery. Schedule self-care into your calendar just like you would any other activity to make sure you reserve this important time for yourself.

Building Your Self-Esteem

When you take the time to do something good for yourself, you’re sending the message that you matter. This is important for your self-esteem. Simply put, self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. When you have high self-esteem, you notice positive qualities about yourself and work toward building a happy and fulfilling life.

Self-care and self-esteem are closely related. Many self-care activities can help build your self-esteem. For example, making healthy choices like eating a good diet, exercising, and practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation are considered self-care because they make you feel well. And, at the same time, they develop your confidence in yourself and your abilities.

While marketers may have you believe that Valentine’s Day is about buying and doing things for others, you can choose to make it about loving the most important person in your life—you.

Give a Little Love to Your Heart

This February, celebrate American Heart Month with a visit to your primary care provider While blood pressure and cholesterol checks may not be at the top of your self-care list, they hold the key to protecting your heart.