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by Sharon Hull in Front Page, Self-Care
February 12, 2016

 

Have you ever given yourself a Valentine’s Day gift?

It doesn’t matter if you are single or in a committed relationship, your first and most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.  Valentine’s Day comes in the heart of winter, at a time when many people struggle with the “winter blues,” stress, depression or burnout.  I’m writing this post to give you (and me) some ideas for combating those feelings and practicing what I think of as “radical self-care.”

The key is to treat yourself to a little Valentine’s Day kindness. 

I’ve been reading a lot of posts about self-care lately, probably because I need to practice what I’m “preaching” here myself.  Here are three posts that I have found really interesting and worth sharing.

In addition to these ideas from some of my favorite folks, here is my own “Top Ten List” of things to do for myself around Valentine’s Day.

  1. Practice gratitude – any way I can
  2. Have a cup of hot tea
  3. Spend an hour with my dog
  4. Read an inspirational book
  5. Take a deep breath in – and then EXHALE.  Repeat three times.
  6. Do 30 minutes of gentle yoga
  7. Take a walk
  8. Call a friend
  9. Turn all my electronic gadgets off for 24 hours
  10. Drink a large glass of water

Pick one or more of the things recommended by my friends, or something from my list.  Try it as a daily habit for a minimum of 30 days, and take a minute to write down three things that change for you during that time.

And don’t wait till next year to pick another one!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Sharon Hull, MD, ACC

President and CEO at Metta Solutions, LLC
Hi, and welcome to Metta Solutions.I am a physician and a professional executive coach .  I help people thrive by coaching them to manage change, grow their careers, develop as leaders and integrate personal and professional goals. My passion is working with self-reflective individuals and organizations to help them achieve their goals.  Subscribe to the Metta Solutions Community here.
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