And so the day has come of hearts and flow’rs,
That day of chocolate, sweets and words of love;
For some, the stress of each sugary hour
Might be enough to make push come to shove;
For others, pressure on to please a partner
Might forge a cranky, frazzled kind of day—
The favor of a lover’s good to garner,
But could there be a more self-caring way?
O Dear Reader, please consider giving
Thine own self compassion, love and care!
For cared-for selves glide gently through this living;
They nourish others with deep love to share.
So change the mindset of the chocolate grind,
And this sweet day be thine own Valentine!
SELF CARE RESOURCES:
So What Is Self-Care? Concrete tips and ideas to introduce and practice self-care into busy lives
Stress at Work Ideas for managing work-related stress and burn-out
Nine Self-Care Essentials to Add to your Life More thoughts and inspiration for mindfulness practices
The Science of Self-Talk Interesting research on the power of positive self-talk