February can be a dreary month. In most places there is bad weather. For some, Valentine’s Day is a bright point mid-month and for others it can be the darkest of the 28 days.
No matter which end of the Valentines Day spectrum you fall on, and even now that the holiday has passed, this guide is here to help you love and take care of YOU this month.
Know your HIV status
This remains the number one way to keep yourself and your partner, if you have one, at a lower risk for contracting HIV. This service is offered for free at any AIDS Resource location. It’s very important that you speak to your partner about HIV testing and show you care by getting tested, but it’s also important for your own health and well-being.
Learn about PrEP
Even though PrEP has been around in the United States since 2012, lots of people still aren’t aware that there is an option to prevent them from contracting HIV. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and it is anti-HIV medications that are used to prevent people who are HIV negative from contracting HIV.
Since so few people know about PrEP it can be tough to get the information that you need to make the right decision on whether or not it’s best for you. You can learn more about PrEP in this post that we published last year!.
Join a support group
Are you struggling a bit during the wintery months? Participating in a support group can give you the opportunity to be with people who going through something similar and therefore more likely to understand. Some benefits of participating in a support group include:
- Less loneliness
- Feeling less judged by others
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Feeling less fatigued
Here at AIDS Resource we have some great peer-run support groups and we would love to have you join in! Learn more about the services that we offer here and give us a call if you’d like more information!
Take a yoga or fitness class
Taking a yoga or fitness class can be one of the greatest forms of self care. Not only are you doing something great for your body, you will also get that rush of endorphins that can do wonders for your mood.
We understand that it can be uncomfortable to make it to an in person yoga class so we’ve compiled a list (and corresponding videos) on some of the best yoga poses for self care!
These are very relaxing poses that are meant to promote breathing and simple stretching.
Do something fun!
Take some time and do something that you love doing OR something that you and your partner love doing. This can be a great way to take care of yourself. Whether it’s a cheesy movie and a big bowl or popcorn or taking in a concert with friends, doing something you enjoy is sure to lift your mood.
Self-care is something that we should all be doing no matter what time of year it is. If you need support as you work on self-care this month, give us a call (570-322-8448) to learn more about the services we offer to the community.