Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show love for the people in your life that you care about, but it’s also a great opportunity to show love to yourself. Even pursuing work that you’re passionate about can cause stress when you push yourself too much. If you’re feeling burned out and each day is dragging by, it’s probably a good opportunity to take a step back, smell the roses, and treat yourself. Self-care is often overlooked when we’re busy juggling everything that life throws at us, but we’ve got a few ways you can show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day.
Get the Sleep You Deserve
The quickest way to relieve stress, as well as retain your health, wellness, memory, attention, energy, and longevity is sleep. If you feel too busy on a daily basis with family and other obligations to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night, try to find little ways to carve time out of your day for extra sleep. As obvious as that point may seem, and as busy as your schedule is, take time to be honest with yourself and ask if you’re really completely busy for 18 hours a day, or could you maybe cut out some TV or phone time each evening to get to bed an hour earlier? Even for those of us that have less predictable schedules, or have a harder time sleeping at night, simply finding time for a nap each day can help us slip into a more restorative sleep at night and has shown to help mental effectiveness and efficiency.
Walk the Walk
Getting outdoors and simply walking is another great way to quickly implement more self-care into your daily routine. Even if you haven’t found yourself consistently able to stick with your New Year’s resolutions in regards to gym time, or if you’re lacking time to get your daily 30 minutes of exercise, you can still manage to carve out time for a quick walk outside during your lunch break, or to blow off steam with a brisk walk after a long day at work. Like sleep, walking has shown to help memory and brain functioning, as well as lower stress, blood sugar, blood pressure, and body mass index. Not to mention, it has many surprising benefits like curbing cravings, easing joint pain, and boosting your immunity, which is as important as ever this flu season. If you’re able to squeeze in some walking time outdoors, you can further compound the benefits as outdoor exposure can increase Vitamin D, improve concentration, and expedite healing. Plus, if you’ve got any audiobooks or podcasts you’ve been meaning to listen to, walking is a great way to get moving while checking those off your list. Two birds, one stone!
Show Yourself Some Love
Whether you’re a busy parent, or simply someone who finds that there’s never enough time in the day for yourself, take an honest look at how you spend your time, and evaluate what portion of your time is spent on opportunities that lift you up or bring you down. It’s easy to overlook what we’re investing our time in on a daily basis, with the chaos and urgency our daily routines can bring, but every decision you make and minute you spend is a vote towards how you’d like your life to look. If you can carve out even a little bit more time for yourself on a daily basis, the compounding effect can lift you up significantly over time. You’d be surprised how even 30 minutes of self-care per day can affect your next year. If you’re reading this with the thought of “I don’t know how I can carve out more time”, or simply wishing for any way to add an extra hour to your day, then consider finding local help on Takl for the busy small jobs in your life, so you can invest more time in yourself. Regardless of how you make the most of your time, just make sure you show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day, and more importantly, this year. You deserve it!