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Love yourself this year and every year!

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to treat yourself and the ones you love to something special. But a bit of extra love can go a long way every day of the year, regardless of the occasion.   


After the past couple of years, we all need to take time to care for ourselves and make sure we are mentally and physically well. Focusing on your mental and physical health can make a huge difference in everyday life, and right now is the perfect time to start just that!  


How to make time for yourself this year  


It’s time to start saying, “yes” to yourself and, “no” to the negative influences in your life. Life is too short to make excuses when it comes to your overall wellbeing. It’s time to put yourself first and that starts by making time for you and only you.  


Start by establishing a goal to set aside 15-30 minutes of your day to dedicate to yourself. During your “you time,” do something that makes you happy. Read a book, exercise, paint, organize something in your home, journal, meditate, nap--anything that will make you a better version of yourself. Try to set down electronics during this time and step completely away from a screen. Often, we don’t realize just how much time we spend daily looking at a screen.  


Is your New Year’s resolution still going strong? If so, how can you elevate the resolution to reach even higher? Or, if you had distractions along the way, focus on getting back on track and sticking to your resolution. Looking to enhance your mental and physical health? These tips will help you to do just that!  


Activities you can do for yourself  


It can be challenging to brainstorm activities to do by yourself. Here are some activity ideas to consider. If you need more ideas, talk to friends, family members or co-workers or go online and find something that grabs your attention.  


  • Join a fitness center, gym or club – In the beginning of the year, fitness centers, gyms and clubs often have deals on memberships and classes. Or, if you are interested in joining but are not 100 percent sold, these places will usually offer deals to try a class, day, week or month to give it a try. Joining a fitness center, gym or club is the perfect way to work on your physical and mental health. It is important to let off steam, and it could be a fun way to exercise, meet people, and try something new.  


  • Read a series of books – The Harry Potter franchise recently released a reunion episode with the cast and crew on HBO Max. Harry Potter fans all over the world are excited to relive the magical memories of Hogwarts through this reunion. This may be the perfect time to reread or begin reading the Harry Potter series or any other series out there. Reading a book is time spent away from a screen and throws you into a world that is not your own.  


  • Learn a new hobby – Sewing, gardening, painting, DIYing or meditating are just a handful of unique hobbies that might pique your interest. These hobbies are key opportunities to work on your wellbeing.  


  • Watch your favorite movie alone – We all have a go-to movie that makes us laugh hysterically, smiling uncontrollably or just cry. Well, it’s time to turn the television on, cuddle up in a warm fuzzy blanket, grab your favorite snacks and candy and watch your go-to movie all by yourself.  


  • Keep learning – A new year brings new opportunities, and one of those may be furthering your education or knowledge in a field of interest. Many companies and organizations offer education assistance to help employees further their education and knowledge. Stop procrastinating and start learning today!  

No matter what you decide to do for yourself this year, make it something you will look forward to. Life gets hectic, and you may find yourself giving too much time to others and not saving enough time for your own mental and physical health. Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day, especially, but also all throughout the year.