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HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Don’t panic if you don’t have a partner this Valentine’s Day. Now is an opportunity to nurture your most important relationship: The one you have with yourself. Even if you do have a significant other, taking care of yourself guides all your relationships. More than just eating right and exercising, get great ideas here for self-care and how to make the most of your relationships.

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 I LOVE Me:

A Self-Care Checklist for February

  • Meditate with a free phone app

  • Listen to your favorite song

  • Color

  • Send an actual handwritten letter to someone

  • Create a list of 3 positive affirmations to practice saying about yourself

  • Learning: Reading books from the library, listening to podcasts, watching Ted talks online – or going to a local talk or event

THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CARE

THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF LOVE IN RELATIONSHIPS: 4 THINGS TO KNOW

Self love plays a huge role in our relationships with others. Therefore, it’s important to recognize and understand how it affects the love we give and receive.

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Self-Care 101 (LGBTQ+)

Self-care is an important part of staying healthy. Having a strategy or plan can help you deal with everyday stressors in your life.

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Get Help For Yourself

Self-care is taking the time to care for yourself in whichever ways work best for you. To be in a healthy relationship we all need time for ourselves, but sometimes our lives get in the way.

loveisrespect.org

Self-Care Tips

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Soak up the sun in local sun-drenched courtyards and atriums.

Sit by floor-to-ceiling windows at Morton Arboretum’s Ginko Café in Lisle and gaze out at Meadow Lake or curl up with a good book or magazine in front of second floor windows in Nichols Library in downtown Naperville with a view of the DuPage River.

Invest in your relationships by sending ecards or valentines to important people in your life and tell them how much they mean to you.

Better yet, tell them in person and share a fun experience by spreading joy to rescued animals by visiting one of the local humane societies or the Dog Patch, in Naperville to pet the dogs, cats, and other critters.

“ESCAPE” the cold and armchair travel to tropical places either online or through a book.

Get personalized reading suggestions from your local librarians, such as through the My Next Book program at Lisle Library. Look forward to warmer days and celebrate the joys of baseball with Doug Wilson, author of Let’s Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks, on Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop.

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Do a sweet crawl

Treat yourself at local shops, such as:

Get moving no matter the outdoor temps.

You can walk or jog on the indoor track at Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr. in Naperville, during designated afternoon and weekend hours for free or purchase a day pass for less than $5 dollars, even if you’re not a resident.

Try out Lisle’s Community Park Fitness, 1825 Short St., for one day free or pay a daily admission rate, $7 if you live in Lisle or $9 if you don’t. Or, invest more in a membership at either facility.

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Forming Healthy Relationships 

How Adults Can Support Healthy Friendships

As friendships become increasingly influential during adolescence, young people's relationships with their parents and other caring adults remain important.

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10 Tips for T.E.N.D.E.R.N.E.S.S.

Ten tips that will help you to keep tenderness, and a sense of security.

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Love: The Word Is Not the Thing

With Valentine's Day upon us, there is no shortage of words about love.

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Characteristics of Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships

Respect for both oneself and others is a key characteristic of healthy relationships. In contrast, in unhealthy relationships, one partner tries to exert control and power over the other.

youth.gov

Healthy Relationships

Different people define relationships in different ways. But in order for a relationship to be healthy, it needs a few key ingredients!

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The Teen Years

Explained

A guide to healthy adolescent development

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