Valentine’s Day is about showing affection and so is self care. The difference is that on Valentin’es Day, we demonstrate affection to others and with self care, we show it to – well – ourselves. Excuse my ‘Captain Obvious’ moment.
Self care isn’t just physical. It’s not just about committing to getting a good night’s sleep or drinking more water, working out or taking your vitamins. It’s not just about eating more kale and fewer carbs. I really can’t say if I’ve ever even eaten kale but I totally love quinoa. Does that count?
Self care includes nourishing our minds. Our emotions. Our souls.
Jump back with me for a minute. Our ancestors used to chart a course to get to where they were going. They used the stars to chart their course. To me, this is goal setting and goal setting is self care. What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Have you given it any thought recently? If you have, what are some courses of action that could get you closer? What are the stars by which you can chart your course?
Considering your hopes and dreams for the future and charting a course to get you closer is self care. Sometime around Valentine’s Day, take a minute. Look at the stars. Nourish your soul by marvelling at the possibilities that lay out before you.
(I found this image on upsplash and it’s by Javardh. Isn’t it breathtaking?)