Traditionally, when we think of February, we think of Valentine's Day and, of course, love. Many exchange heartfelt cards, flowers, candies, and other sweet tokens of affection. Giving thoughtful gifts to others feels terrific, but don't forget to focus a little on yourself too. Keep in mind that self-care is not selfish. Here are five ways to show both yourself and others a little more love this month, and beyond.
Connect with nature
Always be kind to yourself. If you're feeling down, put on some comfy shoes and go for a gentle walk outside in nature. Studies show that "green exercise" is therapeutic for the mind, body, and spirit. All it takes is a five-minute stroll in the presence of trees, a beautiful sky, open water, or other natural scenery. That short time strolling outside can do wonders for lifting your spirits.
Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness
This year, Random Acts of Kindness Week begins on February 16, and the official Random Acts of Kindness Day is on February 17. Go above and beyond those days and do something nice for someone. It can be as simple as complimenting a stranger, paying for someone's meal, walking a neighbor's dog, letting someone else go in front of you in line, or leaving a generous tip. Not only do your kind gestures make others feel good, but you'll be rewarded with a "helper's high" too.
Move your body in a way that feels good
For some, it may be gentle stretching, for others, it may be running sprints. Many people like meditative yoga, whereas others find more enjoyment in a spirited game of golf. Understanding what type of exercise feels best for you and your body is key. If you don't know, be courageous and try new types of exercise until you find one that resonates with you -- then do it. Your body was built to move, and moving it therapeutic for your soul.
Create positive affirmations for self-love
Alright -- it's not as "woo woo" as it sounds. Repeating positive affirmations about yourself is an optimum way of defeating negative self-talk. Start by thinking a few good thoughts that bring you a sense of peace. Throughout the day, repeat each one in your mind. The more you remind yourself of your positive affirmations, the more you'll believe them. It's a wonderful way to show yourself love, compassion, and gratitude. Here are a few to help you get started: "I'm intelligent." "Everything will get done." "I'm thankful for my home." "I'm not perfect, and that's ok." "I've got amazing friends." You get the idea.
Share a motivational quote
Whether online or in-person, sharing a favorite motivational quote can be an inspiration to many. Try it and see. Feel free to share the image below to help you get started.
We wish everyone much happiness during this month of love and kindness. To learn more about what makes our Harbor Club residents so happy, loving, and kind, feel free to reach out.