Good morning, Sandcastle family!
Some of you might know today as Valentine’s Day. Some of you might be celebrating S.A.D. (Single’s Awareness Day). Whatever your choice of holiday, today is all about the love – and what better way to start it than by talking about self-love?
We’ve all seen the Instagram posts and motivational quotes about how important it is to show yourself love – but did you know that it’s actually backed by science? A study put out by Health Psychology found that by showing yourself compassion and kindness, you’re more likely to adopt healthy habits and behaviours (like hanging out with your friends at the Castle!). We know, though, that it can be hard to find ways to show yourself love – so as our Valentine’s gift to you, we’ve put together a list of six simple ways to do it. Give ’em a try!
1. Take a mental break.
It doesn’t need to be a long one. Take ten minutes away from your computer to reset. Grab a coffee, take a quick walk around the office or maybe step outside to get some air. Your brain and body will thank you!
2. Drink enough water.
Your body needs sufficient hydration to get you through your day. Drinking enough water ensures that you perform at your best, avoid headaches and sluggishness and rid your body of toxins. Plus, filling your water bottle is a great way to get mini-break from work (see point 1). Drink up!
3. Consider your language.
Throughout the day, pay close attention to your self-talk. What are you saying to other people about yourself? What are you telling yourself? Would you tell somebody else some of the things that you tell yourself? If you wouldn’t, try to change up your language.
Example: “I wasn’t productive at work today. I’m not good at my job.”
Instead, try: “I didn’t get quite as much done today as I wanted to. I’ll try again tomorrow.”
4. Call a friend.
Sometimes all you need to brighten your day is to hear a friendly voice. Take five or ten minutes today to call somebody who’s special to you. You’ll probably make their day!
5. Choose food that will make you feel good.
When choosing what to fuel your body with, ask yourself what will make you feel your best. Pick foods that will make you feel satisfied and will support you in your day.
6. Don’t forget that workout!
You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? In all seriousness, though, getting your sweat on helps you sleep better, improves your strength, flexibility and heart health, helps boost your immune system and contributes to your overall happiness. Also, you’re guaranteed to see some friendly faces when you walk through the doors at the Castle. Drop by the gym today – you’ll be so happy that you did.
That’s all, folks! Try out some of the tips listed here and no matter whether your attached or unattached, make sure you show yourself some love today. After all, you’re stuck with you for the rest of your life – so learn to be kind to yourself!