Last week we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day. The holiday of love is frequently celebrated as a romantic holiday, but we experience many types of love. Ancient Greek culture had different words for love: Agape (God love), Eros (Passionate love), Philia (Friendship love), and Storge (Family love). Let’s not forget the importance of self-love. As adults, we are familiar with the basic checklist of self-care: eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and regular exercise; taking self-care one step further is self-love. Experts advise to take good care of yourself to be able to take good care of others and cite the example of plane safety – “place the oxygen mask over your own mouth and nose before helping others.” After all it wouldn’t do the passenger next to you much good if you were blue and gasping for breath while trying to help them! It wouldn’t do much good for your health either.
What are some ways we can practice self-love in our busy daily life? Thoughts come to mind – aromatherapy in our homes (Inexpensive diffusers and oils are available online and in retail stores.) Listen to music that inspires a positive mood during a daily commute. Schedule a time for a cup of tea and quiet reflection. Take a quick office yoga break and stretch your back.
Plan to take a few minutes for yourself, and make it a priority. Feel free to share your plans in the comments below!