Self-love is the focus this week, with Valentine's Day here.
Speaking of love, I have a love/hate relationship with this holiday throughout my lifetime, as I am sure many of you have. Over the years our relationships change. I like to shift my focus to self-love because when that is ever-present, this holiday can feel consistent and reliable.
Self-love is part of what we can nurture with SEL. We can foster self-awareness, self-compassion, emotional management, a sense of purpose, and the list goes on. All of these qualities contribute to how much we love and accept ourselves, even when we are a mess of a human being.
I have had anxiety coursing through my veins the past few weeks. I don’t always have love for myself, but I do have the AWARENESS (use our Guided Audio for help) to see my emotional rollercoaster and not jump to catastrophe. I can also practice accepting this as part of life right now, and know that it won’t always feel this way (self-compassion).
This week, practice a little self-love instead of only putting your love out to the world. Give yourself a little nurturing every day.
This week’s practice:
- Pick one thing every day that you will do to love yourself
- Show your kids that self-love is important, so they learn how to always love themselves!
Ideas: take a walk, meditate, take a bath, lay down/nap, call a friend, eat something delicious
In the classroom & at home:
- Practice self-love with your children/students
- Request access to our FREE Self-Love Activity kit