February 14, 2014

Invest In Yourself on Valentine’s Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day! Yes, it’s super loaded holiday with tons of opinions and expectations that come attached. But that only means that today is a great opportunity to work through all that holiday baggage! It might sound cheesy (and it is, a little) but Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to think about your relationship with yourself, and how you can love yourself a little bit more.

All too often we’re so eager to please those around us that we forget to give ourselves the respect and appreciation we deserve. So how can you give yourself a high five this February 14th? We have a few ideas for you:

  • Practice self-care. Make time for a yoga class, book a massage, or even pick up the phone and call a therapist to start regular counseling sessions. It’s not just that you deserve an indulgence, but by investing a little time in your mental wellbeing, you’ll positively affect every area of your busy life.

  • Give yourself a minute to think. That’s not the same as thinking about nothing or vegging out in front of a totally indulgent episode of Say Yes to the Dress or Downton Abbey. Ever notice how you get some of your best ideas in the shower or while jogging or during your commute? It’s because that’s a rare minute in your day when you let your mind wander. Free up your mind for just a little while and let yourself do some much-needed mental processing.

  • Tell yourself a few things you like about yourself. It doesn’t have to be a certain number, and you don’t have to write it down. The point is simply to consciously, purposefully think positive. So often we put ourselves down and beat ourselves up without ever noticing how negative our own thinking is. Reminding yourself that you’re awesome is the antidote.

  • Invest in yourself professionally. Is there a conference you’ve been wanting to go to or a professional development course you want to take? Have you thought about going back to school? Take a step today toward making that happen, whether it’s by asking your company if they could fund your ticket to the event or filling out an application. (The Glad Lab team is currently putting this one into practice. We’re on our way to Wisdom 2.0!)

  • Try changing a bad habit. You don’t have to do it forever, or even make a New Year’s style resolution. Just see what happens for one day or one evening if you make one positive change you’ve been thinking about. Get a day pass to a gym you’ve been thinking about, don’t have a snack as soon as you get home, skip the wine after work, or block yourself from all your distraction sites that get you off task on the job. See how it makes you feel to switch things up.

  • Make your own life easier. Get your Gmail to Inbox Zero. Deal with that closet of shame that is full of all the household clutter you couldn’t deal with before a party six months ago. Take your dry-cleaning in. Get your car interior cleaned. Splurge and have a cleaning service come to deep-scrub your home. Take a day off to deal with the errands that are always on your mind but you never seem to fit in a lunch break. Just get out of your own way.
  • Open yourself up to love from an unexpected or unusual source. Call up a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, pet a puppy or kitten, or practice random acts of kindness like leaving sweet notes tucked in library books or simply smiling at the strangers you see on the street. It’s not about recognition or congratulating yourself for being a good person. It’s just about putting something nice out there in the world. Who knows? You might invite a little extra love into your own life.

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