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Self-care as a means to our self preservation and survival has been gaining in popularity. Prior to the pandemic, it was viewed as something we did once in awhile, a pampering experience or an occasional escape. Now self-care is recognized as an essential way to maintain our health.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, “self care is no longer something we do for an hour a day or a few times a month, it is an essential focus to be embedded in our daily lives and priorities.” The connection between health care and self-care are merging as the concept expands to encompass all the ways that keep us well. Recognition of our food choices, exercise habits, relaxation time, skin health, physical pain/tension relief, mental wellness, mind/body connection, social interactions, sleep, time spent in nature are all part of our pursuit to live a meaningful life. Though it sounds overwhelming, the pandemic has revealed that self-care as a practice is necessary to our sanity and quality of life.

February is known for the blahs but it is also the month that we celebrate those we love. There have been several studies which have found that there is a strong link between the happiness we have in our relationships and our health. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too,” says the director of the study, Harvard professor, Robert Waldinger. The Harvard study also revealed that close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keeps us happy throughout our lives.

This month show warmth to those you love whether it be your partner, friend or family. It’s worth remembering that our loving relationships are strengthened when we express our feelings. Cultivate more love in your life.