Thu Feb 24th, 2022
Tags: Bee Heard, mental health, Mental Health First Aid USA, Native Connections, Precious Collins, Self Care, Southern Ute Behavioral Health Division
Like many across these lands, Valentine’s day this year was either greatly anticipated or dreaded. Either way, we were all exposed to the do’s and don’ts, the social media memes, the social media timeline reminders, and of course all the candy and marketing we ran into at every store. But no matter what your relationship status was over this past holiday, we might have forgotten how important it is to love ourselves. So, what did you do to show yourself TLC (tender, loving care) on Feb. 14?
It’s never too late.
Okay, V-day is over and maybe you didn’t get a chance to show yourself the love and appreciation you wanted. Or maybe you are feeling a little anxious about all the expectations this holiday put on us to be loved or to give love. These tips can help balance all that energy we spent or did not spend on someone else these past couple of weeks. So, here we go: what can we do to create love and care for ourselves? Here are two tips from the “How to Survive (Thrive) This Valentine’s Day” article by Mental Health First Aid USA:
You may want to invest in learning a new skill, like cooking or dance. Whatever it is, do something that brings you joy even when no one else is around.
Last but certainly not least, practice gratitude.
We can practice gratitude any time of the year. We do not need a holiday to tell us, but it does help to remind us of how important other people such as friends, family, partners, co-workers, are in our lives. It’s nice to show your appreciation for them and for yourself by doing something or saying something like “I’m grateful to have family who ___”, “I’m grateful to be so loved by friends who ___.”
If you need to talk to someone, please reach out. It’s okay not to feel okay. If you or someone you know has been struggling with their emotions, behaviors, or substance use please reach out to us. We can help you find appropriate tools and services that could help you overcome obstacles in your life. We are here for you. Please contact the Southern Ute Behavioral Health Division or the Native Connections Program at 970-563-5700 for more information or to set up an appointment to see a counselor or therapist.
Mental Health First Aid USA, (2022). How to Survive (Thrive) This Valentine’s Day Retrieved from www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2022/02/how-to-survive-and-thrive-this-valentines-day
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