Love is in the air, as it should be in February. Valentine’s Day is this month after all. But did you know:
February is anything but boring. But lost in the mix can be, well, ourselves. And let’s be real: when you pile on the traumas of the past few years—how to deal? In these stress-filled days when far too many of us have been isolated, it’s so easy to binge-watch the news and get angry at everything and everyone around us. In reality, the exact opposite needs to happen. Where does change start? With us. Always. And a little self-care is an easy place to make that start.
But why self-care? What exactly is the importance of self-care?
You could make the argument that what I’m about to say next is obvious; or trite; or over-simplistic. And you may be right. But I’m convinced that we need to stop existing and start living. And for me personally, that begins with Health and wellness. I’m also convinced that key components of a happy life involve looking after our physical self with nutritious food choices, eight hours of sleep, and regular exercise.
Focusing on the little things in life like a daily walk, an afternoon tea, reading a good book, or drawing a hot bath boosts our mental health. And in the aggregate, they make a huge difference. If we want to age with grace, strength, and beauty, self-care needs to be incorporated into our lives to live our best lives at 50 and beyond.
When we feel our best both mentally and physically, it’s easier to handle stress and spread love. And if the world ever needed love, it’s today. Here are ten easy ways to show yourself a little love.
Start with a 10-minute walk around the neighborhood. Nuthin’ fancy. Just some time to think while getting some exercise.
Our society is beginning to open back up. Schedule time with friends and family, even if it is still just a Zoom call.
Indulge in regular manicures, either at home or in a salon. When I head to the nail salon, it’s a little me time to be primped and pampered to relax and unwind. But I have a manicure set and nail polish at home for daily upkeep.
Here are some games I love, you may or may not know:
Pick up a hobby like knitting. Share your skills as a tutor. Or start a blog. (I’ve written an entire post on how to get started in the blogosphere.)
Sometimes saying “yes” to ourselves is saying “no” to someone else.
Did you know our guest editor Marlene did an entire post on National Candle Month?
My friend and amazing MUA JennySueMakeup offers virtual lessons.
As life slowly begins to return to normal, remember to put yourself first from time to time. Because what good to others can we really be if we’re not feeling right on the inside and out?