Happy Valentine’s Day! So often we get wrapped up in doing nice things for others around Valentine’s Day. We make sure that we have a nice dinner planned, send valentines, and maybe even pick up a gift or two. But, we should also be sure to make some time to give ourselves some love. Since I’m a fitness/healthy living blogger, I wanted to share with you my top 14 healthy ways to love yourself in honor of Valetine’s Day.
- Eat Intuitively. Listening to what your body tells you it needs as fuel can help you feel more at peace with what you’re putting in your body. Giving in to your cravings in moderation can help eliminate binging, too.
- Get moving. Exercise helps release endorphins and can even help you be a better thinker. You don’t have to run a marathon—even small amounts of exercise can be helpful.
- Get a massage. Whether you go see a massage therapist or you just spend some time with a foam roller, the release your muscles get when you give them some love feels fantastic.
- Get in some “me” time. We sometimes feel that spending time alone or spending time doing something only for ourselves makes us selfish. But, taking time away to recharge will help refresh your outlook and will allow you to pursue relationships and tasks with renewed vigor.
- Meditate. Meditation can give you a renewed sense of peace and can help you learn how to cope with stress in your life. Connecting with your breath and with the sensations in your body helps you disassociate with unhelpful thoughts.
- Do something that makes you laugh. Whether it’s watching a funny movie or watching cat videos on YouTube, laughter can help you feel better and reduce stress.
- Get some sleep. Making sure you’re well rested will make sure that you’re getting the most out of every day and can even help you maintain a healthy weight. Need help winding down to go to sleep? Check out my favorite bedtime yoga poses.
- Make a list of goals. Make a plan for where you want to be in one, five, and ten years. Do something every day to make one of those goals come true, even if it’s something small.
- Say an affirmation. Thinking positively of yourself can change your entire outlook on the things that surround you.
- Find a mantra. The mantra should be a short phrase or even a single word that speaks to you. (My current mantra is “balance.”) Repeat it throughout your day to remind yourself of what’s important to you.
- Surround yourself with positivity. Have a friend who’s always critical? Instead of focusing on your relationship with him or her, try spending more time with people who are positive and help build you up. Make an effort to surround yourself with positive energy.
- Spend time with your pets (if you have them). There’s a reason why some animals spend some of their time being therapy animals. Having that companionship can help cultivate happiness and can reduce stress.
- Connect with others. Finding people you share genuine interests with and who you really enjoy being around will help you feel more connected and less lonely. I love you, blogging friends!
- Take a deep breath. This is the easiest one of all—when things feel out of control or you’re feeling really stressed out, just breathe! Clear your mind, take in a deep inhale, and sigh out all of the negative thoughts or emotions. Remember, you’re in control!
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?
What’s your favorite way to show yourself some love?
What’s one nice thing you plan to do for yourself in the next week?
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