7 Ways to Practice Self Care This Valentine's Day

Apicha Community Health Center Feb 07, 2019  

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Valentine's Day is always about showing love to your partner, friends, and family. This often means chocolate, a fancy dinner, or other red and pink-toned gifts. While Valentine's Day may look a little different this year, you can still give yourself a little extra love.

Although this holiday can definitely be corny and cliche, it's a great opportunity to express love toward yourself. So this year, consider using Valentine's Day to show yourself some TLC.

1. Yes, treat yourself to some chocolate. 

Apart from being delicious, dark chocolate is known to have some anti-inflammatory properties. Some research also suggests having a small amount of dark chocolate could lower blood pressure.

2. Get your yogi on. 

Doing yoga in the confines of your home is free and easy! Take a minute (or twenty) to tune into your inner zen by taking on some yoga postures and stretches. Yoga can be extremely relaxing, and can help you increase muscle strength and tone, maintain a balanced metabolism, cardio and circulatory health.

3. Have a spa day (at home).

Doing your own version at home, having a spa day can help you feel relaxed and pampered. The most recent study from the American Psychological Association reports that around 44 percent of Americans have reported an increase of stress. And while there are many ways to handle stress, maybe a face mask, candles, and some amazing bath bombs are a good place to start.

4. Detox from social media. 

Even though most of us use it, there is certainly a dark side to social media. Globally, each person spends over 135 minutes on social media every day. Unplug for a part of the day, and focus on the present!

5. Nourish your body. 

Everyone has their favorite junk food. Although you're entitled to eat whatever you want on your special Valentine's Day, consider cooking eating a healthy, wholesome meal. Fries might be delicious, but a nutritious home cooked meal might be satisfying in more ways than one.

6. Find a mantra.

A mantra is a short phrase or sentence that affirms who you are and helps you practice self love. Mantras like, "I am confident," or "I will speak my truth," are some examples. Having a mantra, and saying it everyday or during difficult moments can help you mentally feel strong and happy.

7. Break a sweat. 

We know exercise doesn't solve all problems, but it does release endorphins, which can make you feel better. Sometimes exercising our bodies falls through the cracks due to our busy work lives and lifestyles. So breaking a sweat, even for half hour, can have you feeling awesome for the rest of your day.


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