February is the month of love, right? I know some people hate Valentine’s Day, and for a while, back when I thought I was cool, I boo-hoo’ed it too. But now that I’m no longer trying to be cool, I will freely admit- I LOVE love and I’m totally okay with having day, or better yet, a month, to celebrate it.
But today let’s not talk about the chocolates, flowers, and hot date type of love, let’s talk about loving yourself. Taking care of yourself.
November, December and January were crazy; February is when I finally get a chance to catch my breath. I’ve decided that this will be my month of self-care.
What do I mean by that? Well, if you Google “self care” you will find all types of lists advising you to take time for yourself, go on an adventure, take an epsom salt bath, light some candles etc. And while I’m a big fan of all of those things (espom salt baths rock) I’m going to approach it a little differently this month.
I’m going to break my self care into three categories: mind, body, and soul.
I’ll flesh out more ideas for each category later on, but here are the questions I will be asking myself:
Mind: What am I learning? What new skills am I developing? What am I feeding my mind? Is what I do when I’m winding down basically mind candy, meant only for entertaining, or is it something I can ponder, something I can be learning? (I have nothing against entertainment or mind candy in doses, just like regular candy is fine in doses. I just don’t want it to be all I consume.)
Body: Am I working out 3-5 times a week? Am I being active? Have I been outside today? (Studies have shown that going outside is good for your mental and physical health.) What have I eaten today? (Reminder for self- less sugar, more vegetables.) Have I had enough water today?
Soul: What am I doing to inspire a sense of wonder? What do I do when I feel anxious? How often do I pray? What gives me the most peace? Am I spending time with the Lord? Am I giving myself space and time to recover? What am I meditating on?
I am trying to approach this month holistically in how I love God, how I love myself, and how I love others.
How do you take care of yourself? How are you going to love yourself this month? I’d love to hear…