The Best Valentines Day Gift

by Kristina Coates

The Best Valentines Day Gift Is Self Care

The best valentines gift does it exist? I’ve found myself wondering this as today is touted as the day of love. I’d never say no to a beautiful bunch of flowers or box of chocolates (hint, hint), but on a deeper level, I think about love and the importance of self-care. Self-care is one of the driving forces behind Live Well Health Essentials. We are on a mission to help people have quality of life through access to quality complementary health care products. I love the fact that our products can help people with so many aspects of life from having fun in the great outdoors with supplies for their first aid kits to recovering from muscle strains with our hot and cold therapy bags. 

We can get so caught up in what we buy and give to others as a demonstration of our love, but what I’d love to highlight is just how important self love (aka self care) is. One of the best things we can do is to take care of ourselves. 

One of the best gifts in the world is our health. It’s one of the reasons I regularly get health checks so I can be proactive about being healthy and being around for my family. You’ll often hear me talk about heart health as we have a family history I need to be mindful of. As a part of this I’m methodical about annual heart checks. 

While we can’t prevent everything we can help to be prepared for the unexpected and that’s exactly where Live Well Health Essentials is focused on being.

So if you’ve got flowers, chocolates or other special treats for Valentine’s Day that’s great, absolutely make the most of it. What I’d also love to highlight is on this day and every single other day of the year, it’s an opportunity to do self love (aka self care). Check out our Live Well Health Essentials products for you or for your loved ones.

Live Well Health Essentials Comfort Self Care Kit

You can get them online via our website and if you’re looking for a last minute gift and can’t wait for delivery, we are stocked at over 1,300 stores throughout Australia, Find your closest stockist here.

Self-care is an important aspect of overall well-being, and there are many ways to practice it on Valentine's Day or any day of the year. Here are 64 self-care ideas you can consider:

  1. Take a relaxing bath or shower.
  2. Read a good book.
  3. Write in a journal.
  4. Listen to soothing music.
  5. Go for a walk in nature.
  6. Practice mindfulness meditation.
  7. Take a nap.
  8. Watch a feel-good movie.
  9. Try a new hobby or craft.
  10. Cook or bake something delicious.
  11. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
  12. Go to a yoga class.
  13. Take a bubble bath with essential oils.
  14. Do some gentle stretching exercises.
  15. Practice deep breathing.
  16. Get a massage.
  17. Take a warm bath with Epsom salt.
  18. Write down things you're grateful for.
  19. Spend time with loved ones.
  20. Have a candlelit dinner.
  21. Go to a spa for a pampering treatment.
  22. Indulge in a sweet treat.
  23. Have a quiet day at home.
  24. Spend time in a sauna or steam room.
  25. Take a scenic drive.
  26. Volunteer for a cause you care about.
  27. Spend time with a pet.
  28. Go for a bike ride.
  29. Try a new type of exercise or workout.
  30. Have a picnic in the park.
  31. Go on a date with your partner.
  32. Spend time at a day spa.
  33. Take a relaxing bubble bath with Epsom salt.
  34. Do a puzzle or play a game.
  35. Spend time in a park or nature reserve.
  36. Go for a run or hike.
  37. Get a manicure or pedicure.
  38. Try a new type of food.
  39. Have a relaxing evening at home.
  40. Spend time with friends.
  41. Get a good night's sleep.
  42. Visit a museum or art gallery.
  43. Spend time doing something creative.
  44. Try a new form of relaxation, such as guided imagery or progressive muscle relaxation.
  45. Do something spontaneous and fun.
  46. Spend time in the bush or by the ocean.
  47. Go to a concert or show.
  48. Spend time doing something you love.
  49. Treat yourself to a shopping spree.
  50. Go to a movie theater and watch a favorite film.
  51. Visit a botanical garden.
  52. Spend time with a loved one in a special location.
  53. Do something physical, such as gardening or dancing.
  54. Go to a coffee shop and enjoy a latte.
  55. Try a new form of self-expression, such as painting or singing.
  56. Spend time in a library or bookstore.
  57. Donate to a charity you care about.
  58. Ride a Rollercoaster.
  59. Start daily journalling.
  60. Spend time in a local parkl.
  61. Do something that challenges you.
  62. Go on a road trip.
  63. Try a new form of self-care, such as acupuncture or reiki.
  64. Spend time doing something that brings you joy.

Self care looks different for everyone, but what’s important is to find what works for you and make a habit of creating space to make it happen regularly. When you are healthier in mind and body, you and everyone you are surrounded by, benefits.

One of the things I like the most about self care rather than focusing on being healthy  is that to me it means making an effort to include habits in my daily life that look after me and bring a smile to my face. For me it's about having quality time every day, self care and self love is a key part of that. Yes I indulge in sitting on the couch and not always walking everyday, but I've learned self care is about being kind to myself when these less healthy habits kick in. With this approach it also means I'm also more likely to wake up the next day and be healthier and take care of myself instead of beating myself up for as I see it, being human and not always on the straight and narrow.

There’s no one way to be proactive about looking after yourself. It depends on your circumstances. That's also why, whilst I share my personal experiences in the Live Well Health Essentials blog, I always recommend you stay in regular contact with your health care professionals and consult them on what is best for you and your circumstances.

Healthy self care habits can be as simple as waking up that extra half hour earlier to get a head start on your day which is what I love to do, or reading one chapter of that book you always mean to finish before bed each night.

What’s your favourite way to take care of you each day?