A Holiday For You
by Lana Lu.
Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays - so many happy days! How about a Happy "Love Yourself First" Day?
There's a day for mothers, fathers, and couples. There's a day for singles in China, which last time I checked was the largest shopping day in the world. And in Canada and the UK, there is even a day for boxes...or something like that. A day for ourselves can't be out of the question, right?
Many of us put others first during the holidays - some of us put others first all year long. We expect gifts from others on birthdays, but a "Love Yourself First" day could be a day for self-love when you remember to care for yourself, the tireless, hard-working hero that you are.
It's popular on social media to make loving yourself self-indulgent and I don't knock all of it; sure, splurge every now and then. But loving yourself is more than pampering. It is also in the smaller moments that bring serenity, compassion, and growth. Just like with gifts for loved ones we always say, "it's the thought that counts." This statement doesn't mean that cost never counts, but it does value the thoughtfulness for the gift far more than the expense of it. The same can be said of gifts for you.
All this to say a "Love Yourself First" day doesn't have to be costly. It can be inexpensively creative and incredibly valuable. Think of the qualities that make your life happy and consider activities that rejuvenate, strengthen and encourage your mind and heart.