As Valentine's Day approaches, the annual flurry of gift-buying and card-exchanging reminds us of the expectation to celebrate with a romantic partner. However, for some, this day serves as a poignant reminder of a loved one who is no longer with us.
Consider Sophie, whose enthusiasm for Valentine's Day never waned. Sophie embraced the motto ‘See the Good in Every Day.’ Her love for creating art became a source of joy, and she often used her talents to generate funds for toys benefiting other children who were also in hospital. Sophie's story encourages us all to adopt a positive outlook in the face of adversity.
This Valentine's Day, irrespective of your circumstances, consider making a pledge to love and appreciate yourself. Simple acts can make a significant impact. Here are some ideas to inspire you:
Indulge in a Relaxing Evening: Draw a warm bubble bath, light scented candles, and unwind. Slip into clean pajamas for an early night's rest, waking up refreshed and ready to conquer the day.
Embrace Stillness: In our hectic lives, finding time to just be can be a rarity. Turn off your phone, ignore the door, and spend some moments doing absolutely nothing. Allow yourself to relax.
Enjoy Your Favorite Film: Create a cozy movie night by stocking up on snacks, dimming the lights, and watching your favorite film. Revel in the peace and quiet.
Get Lost in a Book: Whether curled up on the sofa, soaking in the bath, or enjoying a solo coffee date, a good book can be the perfect companion to while away the hours.
Cherish Quality Time: Spend time with those you love, be it your partner, children, family, friends, or pets. The joy derived from quality time with loved ones is unparalleled.
Cultivate Gratitude: Start a diary, identifying something to be thankful for each day. Record acts of kindness, smiles, hellos, or the beauty of nature—whatever brings you a moment of joy. Read these entries during tougher times.
Valentine's Day may come only once a year, but the practice of self-love is a year-round endeavour. Let this year serve as a starting point to prioritise self-care and embrace the philosophy of 'seeing the good in every day.' ❤️