It’s Valentine’s Day.
Let’s be honest: How many of you are sitting at home alone this Valentine’s Day binging Netflix and downing a pint of your favorite ice cream while your LEO is serving and protecting the community? Are you scrolling through your social media feed with photos of your friends enjoying romantic dinners with their spouses? Are you listening to the scanner just to hear your LEO’s voice?
It’s normal to feel lonely and miss your LEO on Valentine’s Day, but I want you to think about celebrating Valentine’s Day in a new way—with self-care.
In coaching, I discuss the importance of filling your own cup before helping others. Whether it’s carrying the load of your family responsibilities, being worried about your parents, or listening to a friend, our cups seem to always overflow because we are there to help others and likely never ourselves.
We must take care of ourselves and fill our own cups before we allow others to do it for us. This will ensure we can remain calm and strong when challenges arise. Finding self-care in what we have can be as simple as looking around the house. Cooking, meditating, listening to music, or even taking a walk outside are things you can do to fill your cup. You can also book an appointment for a massage. Get a pedicure. Enjoy a virtual coffee chat with a friend. For more than a decade the jetted tub in my bathroom was never used, but in the past few months, I have soaked in my jetted tub more times than I can count—and filled my own cup!
Quality over quantity reigns supreme when it comes to filling your own cup, much like it does in your relationship with your LEO. You may not be able to celebrate love and romance together on this Valentine’s Day, but the next time your LEO is off think about spending quality time together. Watch a movie, cook a meal, take a walk holding hands.
You’ll not only be filling your own cup, but your LEO’s cup, too!
What does self-care mean to you? Share your thoughts in the comments!