Love Thyself: Taking Care in the Season of Romance

Love is in the air ... and while it's a great time to celebrate love with those we hold dear, there's no need to focus solely on romantic love this time of year. In order to take care of those around you, you need to make sure you're taking care of yourself first. Here's how incurable romantics indulge in self-care during the "season of love."

Breathe

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Sometimes the simplest answers are the best ones ... when I find myself getting overwhelmed at any point in the day, simply focusing on my breath can make an incredible difference. In just 30 seconds, I can clear my mind with a few calm, focused breaths and a new perspective comes. Have more than 30 seconds? I started meditating last year and I have to say, the days that I take 10 minutes to turn everything off and refocus my energy are the most productive for me. I personally love Calm -- there are sleep stories to help you relax into sleep {I'm a terrible insomniac}, an option to breathe for a few seconds, or the "daily calm" averages 10 minutes and will help you to clear your mind before the day begins.

The ritual of routine

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As the day comes to a close, we can often find ourselves focused on the needs of everyone else. Creating an evening routine with a meditative quality goes a long way to making me feel taken care of, and skincare is a particular obsession of mine. The ritual of cleansing my face at the end of the day and giving my skin a little TLC is one of my favorite self-care indulgences. May Lindstrom make this beautiful balm-to-oil essence that is hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and a complete experience for the senses. Each time I use it, I wake up with glowing, luminescent skin.

Move your body

Getting exercise can seem like a daunting task. Some days, getting outside in the fresh air for ten minutes is enough to wake up your body and mind. Breathe the cool air, feel the sunshine on your skin, and find yourself revived.

Get lost in a story

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As a child, one of my favorite things was to spend the day reading a book. Getting lost in a sea of words, characters, and far-off places is a luxury in which we might not always indulge. Find a book, turn off your devices, and read a chapter {or two or three!}. It's a beautiful bedtime ritual that feels like a luxurious indulgence.

Detox

The word "detox" is thrown around quite a bit these days, from our use of technology to the over-indulging you may or may not have done over the weekend. And a detox can take many forms. Simply limiting your screen time before you go to bed or turning off your notifications and having real, uninterrupted face-time with your family can be considered a detox. Drinking hot water with a bit of lemon first thing in the morning can help to wake up your senses and jump-start your metabolism. Or you may even feel the need to do something a little more ... I've had my eye on this Digital Detox Bath from Goop and I have to say, I'm so very intrigued. Especially after reading this review. Perhaps this is the month that I pull the trigger and give it a go. Have you tried it? I'd love to hear about your experience!

Sandy Hughes