Sending You a Love Letter From Kate Daigle Counseling!
Happy Valentine’s Day! St. Valentine reminds us that life should be filled with love – for our friends, for our partner, for our family, for our community, and, extra importantly, for ourselves! Have you shown yourself love lately? Sometimes I think the greatest gift we can offer each other and ourselves is to slow down, notice, and be grateful for the world around us. Here are a few great tips for focusing on this reconnection and being present with yourself amidst a busy, chaotic world:
- Before you get out of bed in the morning, look out your window. Take three to seven full breaths. Inhale the colors, shapes and textures around you. Don’t think about it — just breathe it all in, even if it’s just a patch of sky. Notice how you feel.
- As you walk to and from your car (or from building to building), feel your feet on the ground. Imagine that your mind is in your feet — feel them there completely. Notice your weight as it shifts from heel to ball, foot to foot. Any time you notice yourself thinking, just note to yourself “thinking” and return to feeling your feet on the ground.
- Give yourself permission to mimic the weather with your mood. If it’s raining or snowing outside, let yourself be lazy on the couch or a little bit contemplative and melancholy, if that’s how you’re feeling.
- Bring nature indoors. Open the window. Buy some houseplants. Don’t be afraid to talk to them (or to listen to what they have to say to you). Keep a vase of flowers on your kitchen table. Start an indoor herb garden. Put a crystal on your desk or a small fountain in the corner of your living room. Find ways to bring the colors and vibrancy of the natural world into your home. (Adapted from The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover).