Practicing Self-Care: More Important Than Ever

Practicing Self-Care: More Important Than Ever

February may be our shortest month of the year, but it has a lot of love and care packed into it. February is a valuable month for caregivers because each day formally recognizes something to help us focus on our most valuable type of care: Self-care. 

As caregivers, or someone caring for a senior loved one, we invest ourselves in providing them the best care and also time and dedication to finding them the perfect senior care when needed. While doing this, we sometimes ignore types of self-care that is vital to our health and well-being. It is important to remember,  if we want to take the best care of our loved ones, it’s essential for us to take the best care of ourselves. The longer we step away from self-care, the more challenging it can be for us to begin practicing it again. This is where the specially recognized month, weeks, and days of February shine for us. We’re given a month of ways to remind and inspire us to practice self-care, so we are at our best caring for those we love.

In 1963, our country began celebrating February as American Heart Month – encouraging us to focus on our heart health. Various local and national organizations offer programs to help educate, encourage, and support us taking care of our hearts. 

Here are a few examples:

CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Million Hearts 2027 Initiative

USDA Heart Health

Another special day to celebrate in February is Random Acts of Kindness Day. This day began on February 17, 1995. It became so popular in America that by 1997 it expanded to an entire week. This year it begins on February 14th and ends on February 20th. 

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation helps us by providing various random acts we can consider for home, work, our community, and our world. Their slogan is: “Make kindness the norm.” This month, make kindness toward yourself and your senior loved one the norm. Let their ideas help spark your ideas of intentional kindness for you and those around you. 

Check out their ideas here: Random Acts of Kindness.

Another special day we are all standardly aware of is Valentine’s Day. While its origin is quite complex, Valentine’s Day became associated with love and romance toward the end of the 5th century with the beginning of the feast of St. Valentine’s Day on February 14th. It has now grown into a $24B industry globally. 

This year, let’s intentionally celebrate love and care for our seniors. Sometimes, we notice that our senior loved ones no longer have someone special to celebrate this day with. Make them feel special by reminding them how much you love them. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Make fun Valentine’s cards

Creative Valentine’s messages

Easy Valentine’s crafts

Valentine’s gift ideas

What about the rest of February? Here are just a few more of the days that give us opportunities to practice self-care and ways to find joy while bringing joy to others.

2/02 – National Optimist Day

2/07 – National Rose Day AND National Send a Card to a Friend Day

2/09 – National Chocolate Day

2/14 – International Book Giving Day (When’s the last time you read a book for yourself?)

2/14 – Valentine’s Day

2/20 – National Family Day

Want to carry this throughout the year? There are a variety of websites that provide you with what each day, week, and month of the year is being recognized for. Here’s one to get you started:

Looking to make a senior feel special this month? Contact your local senior advisor at (888)-455-5838 for information on a local community and a list of fun activities they might have planned for this holiday-packed month.