Valentine’s Day is considered by most to be a romantic holiday focused on showering your significant other with affection, but this year I challenge you to show yourself some love. One of the big buzz-words of 2017 was “self-care”, and I want to continue that trend into 2018! When you’re a parent, your needs sometimes come last, which means that we can find ourselves exhausted and run-down. One of my favorite quotes is “you can’t pour from an empty cup” so this Valentine’s Day I hope you will take some time to fill your cup up and give yourself some much needed attention. Here are 10 quick and easy ideas to help recharge.
- Listen to an audio book or podcast. Listening to something that you enjoy & is funny/light-hearted can boost your mood.
- Schedule a nap. Enough said!
- Call a friend or family member. Being social and connecting with others is sure to put a smile on your face. If your friends + family members are busy consider writing them some snail mail! Getting a treat in your mailbox is always a welcome addition to the day.
- Color! Another 2017 trend was adult coloring-books. Borrow some of the kids’ markers or crayons and color a pretty picture. There is even research out there suggesting that coloring can be a relaxing and therapeutic activity!
- Rearrange your furniture. Changing up your living room or bedroom can give you a change of scenery and boost your spirits.
- Do some yoga. Hop onto YouTube or fitness blender for a free 15-30 minute yoga/Pilates/stretching session. The release of endorphins is known to be a mood-booster.
- Reminisce. Grab your old photo albums or memory book and spend some time strolling down memory lane.
- Pamper yourself. Take a nice warm bubble bath, apply a face mask or paint your nails. Taking care of your outside can make you feel great inside, too.
- Make your favorite dessert. Yummy food is often a cure-all.
- Start a gratitude journal. Gratitude is not just pop-psychology anymore! Studies indicate giving thanks can lead to a happier and healthier life. HERE is a list of TED Talks on the powers of gratitude.
-Written by Kim, Austin mom of two.
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