It's February! We made it through the holidays just to get inundated with notions of chocolate, flowers, and extravagant weekends away to reconnect with the one you love. But what if we pass on the chocolate and heart covered cards and approach the day (or the whole month!) with a focus on connecting with the people we care about. Not just your significant other, but your best friend that you never have a chance to catch up with. Or maybe your favorite uncle who was always quick with a lousy joke and equally fast in sneaking you a cookie when your mom wasn't looking.
Share some time with someone. Make a pedicure date with your best friend. If you can each bring along your favorite mom, aunt, extremely sweet older neighbor who watches out for your kids, even better. If you can't set aside that much time with everyone's busy schedules, drop off a piece of cake from your favorite bakery. Or keep it crazy cost effective and have your kid finger-paint a very special valentine for their teacher.
Appreciate someone. Look your favorite dry cleaner/butcher/hairdresser right in the eye and say, "Thank you. I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you do for me. You make my life easier.". Or maybe drop an email to your kid's basketball coach and say, "Thank you. My kid loves playing basketball, and I really appreciate that you give your time to make that possible."
Massage someone. I know, this sounds weird, huh? I'm a massage therapist and I'm telling you to do it yourself. But massage doesn't have to be an hour long ordeal with fancy oils and a complicated routine. Watch a video and treat your partner to a hand or foot massage.
Connect with YOU. Not everyone schedules regular massage, and that's okay. But if it's been awhile, maybe it's time to practice a little self-care and get yourself a massage, too. The best gift you can give the people you love is a happy, healthy you.
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