Happy May! and welcome to the last month of the 5 Love Languages as a self-care love language series. Earlier this week I was working on some ideas for today’s blog and to make a long story short, I was gearing up for a month long self-care focus that was already done lol. I thought this month’s focus was Acts of Service but while I was doing some research on the 5 Love Languages, Receiving Gifts caught my eye which was COMPLETELY off my radar and that’s when I knew that Receiving Gifts was the last one in this series, not Acts of Service. Since working on these self-care post, I talked about how I had to be creative and how it’s been challenging for me to come up with new ideas each week. Well, I believe I’ve met my match with this focus because I have no idea how I’m going to work receiving gifts into self-care ideas for the rest of the month. While working on this first paragraph I still have no idea. In fact, the title of this post right now says “placeholder” because I’m not even sure what I want to name it. The ideas and words for this blog will unfold as I type because I have no idea what’s coming next and what this post will turn into.
When I think of receiving gifts, I interpret the phrase in a literal sense so the only ideas that come to mind about this love language is monetary i.e. buying or receiving (or giving) gifts. But we all know that gifts can stretch far beyond that, off top my head right now the gift of laughter comes to mind, that’s something we can give to ourselves (or others) that costs us nothing. There’s also the gift of giving (which may or may not be monetary) and your time is a gift. I think that’s what our focus will be for this week, non-monetary gifts that you can give to yourself (or others). The goal is to focus on the benefits you receive from engaging in this form of giving activity.
Sunday–THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER Today’s challenge can be for you, for someone else or both. Brighten yours or someone else’s day with the gift of laughter. This can mean watching a movie, having a good laugh over conversation if you or someone you know is feeling down. Month’s ago I posted a self-care challenge titled “have a good laugh,” I encouraged my readers to call someone who they know will crack them up during the conversation, today’s challenge is the perfect opportunity for this. If you’re the person people call for a good joke or laugh, give someone a call today.
Monday–THE GIFT OF DONATING This challenge is also an oldie because I’ve mentioned it at least twice on the blog. The donation doesn’t have to be big, donate what you can. This doesn’t have to be monetary, you can donate old (lightly used) clothes and/or shoes or you can donate canned goods and other foods to a homeless shelter.
Tuesday–THE GIFT OF HELPING If you know someone who’s in need of help dedicate some of your time today to helping them. This can be any form of help but I would suggest asking what they need instead of making the assumption.
Wednesday–THE GIFT OF TIME Volunteer. This is similar to the above but if it’s available to you, look into volunteering at a homeless shelter, nursing home, or any other areas in your city. I know we are still dealing with the pandemic but maybe there’s the option to volunteer in some way virtually. Tutoring comes to mind.
Thursday–THE GIFT OF LOVE I’m sure we all give this gift everyday but today make it special, this can mean cuddling up on the couch with someone you love and spending quality time together talking, reading, maybe watching a movie, or playing a game.
Friday–THE GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP Similar to the above, I’m sure we all do this everyday but there are some days when we can all use a little extra of something and maybe today you can be a little more of a friend. This can mean calling a friend for a good chat, volunteering to do something for them (pick up a few groceries, cooking dinner for them, etc).
Saturday–THE GIFT OF A SMILE Such a simple act that can make someones day. This is certainly more challenging with the mask on lol but I think we can usually tell when someone is smiling by looking at their eyes. If you get a chance to make it out today, smile at as many people as you can, even if they don’t notice, it should make you feel good knowing that you gave that gift to someone. Don’t forget about the people in your house, you can smile randomly at your family members and friends too.
Well folks, this is a blog post that came out of nothing, lol. Half way through working on the challenges I came up with title. As usual, I hope you find the benefit it in what may seem like the mundane. Our self-care doesn’t always have to be top tier or first class activities. Sometimes our self-care can be found in our day to day activities and sometimes our self-care can be found when we do things for others. It’s about the feeling you get once you commit the act.
Moving on to our Self-Care on the Go infographics; Self-Care on the go are essentially bite size versions of my self-care challenges. It’s open to anyone but it’s specifically created for moms and other working women; who may not have time to participate in all (or any) of the challenges that I provide weekly because of their mommy duties or busy work schedule. You can access the infographic HERE. I’ve been posting them every Sunday since the beginning of the year and I really enjoy creating them. If you’re one of my readers who participate in, or enjoy these options because you find them convenient, leave a comment and let me know what you like about them or what you think I should change. Thanks for going on this self-care journey again with me this week.
By the way, if you’re interested, my Newsletter and Self-Care Accountability Worksheet is now available. The worksheet will act as a supplement to my daily self-care challenges. The purpose is to help you stay on track with your daily self-care routines. If you’re interested in receiving these items weekly, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The self-care worksheet is FREE, but will only be available to my Newsletter subscribers. I will NOT spam you, I will only email once per week.
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