At Modern Kids Design, we’re always thinking of creative ways to reflect on and celebrate the holidays. Happily, we've been hearing more and more about the importance of practicing self-care ...including over the holidays. It's caught on in a big way over the past few years. Often, though, the images and ideas associated with it are all about pampering. We’re sure you’ve seen some of them—massages, face masks, pedicures, etc. While these activities are a great part of self-care, we wanted to add to the traditionally spotlighted activities and invite you to expand your self-care regimen this Valentine’s Day (and beyond).
So how are we defining self-care? While we are going to talk about it more in an upcoming post, for starters, we feel that self-care encompasses more than the occasional treats to help you reduce stress. While booking a spa day (or hour) for yourself is great (really great actually), why not also consider consistent self-care practices that will help you remain relaxed and focused over time? Here are three ideas to get started...
Start a Gratitude Journal
Identifying the things we are grateful for every morning can help us start the day off on the right foot. Often we begin the day feeling positive and find we're faced with some form of challenge that may feel stressful—a child who doesn’t want to go to school, unexpected car repairs, a tight deadline at work. If we decide to carve out time to also start the day by identifying the things that matter most to us and that we genuinely appreciate, it can help us to better deal with surprises that might pop up throughout the day and help maintain a greater focus on what makes us happy—our cute and funny children, a caring partner and friends, and all that brings us joy.
Being able to be present in the moment can help you keep your cool emotionally, allow you to better deal with stressors, and encourage you to enjoy every moment. While mindfulness isn’t difficult, per se, many people find the idea of getting started daunting. Here’s the thing—all it takes is a small daily commitment. Consider it an investment, which it really is. New research is constantly being shared on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. And while you can certainly opt for a meditation pillow or some candles, you don’t actually need anything to get started.
Interested in learning more about different types of meditations? Seek out a class or check out some books at your library until you find something that interests you.
Treat Your Body Well
Whether you enjoy brisk walks with your four-legged pal, spin classes, beach yoga, or even weight lifting, fitness activities can help you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Depending on your routine, it can even be a spiritual experience!
Pick an activity you enjoy and commit to doing it regularly. Miss the pool? Make a weekly date to swim. Want to connect with nature? Schedule hikes!
Squeezing in fitness activities requires making it—and your physical health—a priority. At the same time, you will reap the benefits in other areas of your life. Good physical health can help you combat stress and get better sleep.
In addition to focusing on moving, make sure that what you’re putting into your body is good for you too. You have one body—treat it well and enjoy it for as long as possible!
We often focus on our loved ones on Valentine’s Day. This year, make sure to also give yourself some love too! As always, thanks for reading and Happy Valentine’s Day!