It’s that time of year again when chocolates, jewelry and roses are reminding you that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Valentine’s is about love whether you are in a committed relationship or not.
Valentine’s Day is foremost about loving ‘yourself’. It’s about taking time for ‘you’ i.e. realizing how special you are – not perfect, just very special. Valentine’s Day is about making time to look inwards in order to appreciate all that you are, all that you have accomplished, all the beautiful people connected to you and all the challenges you have overcome.
If you are single – by choice or by happenstance – take time on this Valentine’s day to celebrate you. And, if you are in a committed relationship, be happy with who you are and let your intention be to love your partner.
Here are three TIPS to help you connect more deeply this Valentine’s Day:
Celebrate yourself. Take a break from social media and do something nice for yourself. Take action to enhance your positive mood or to lift your negative feelings. What to do? Buy flowers or balloons or whatever puts a silly smile on your face. Or, treat yourself to a massage. Go to your neighbourhood cafe and indulge in a cup of coffee and a magazine. Or better yet, grab a journal and start listing all the things you’re good at. Even if that list starts with “I make the best peanut butter sandwiches”. Celebrate what you do well.
Be intentional. Commit to being 100% in the moment – no matter what you are doing. If you are greeting a friend be in the moment, make them feel special. If you are helping an elderly person across the street, give them your undivided attention. If you are eating a piece of chocolate: enjoy the scent, the taste, the texture etc. If you have a partner, be present 100% when in his/her presence.
Break your routine. Take a day trip somewhere locally. Play the tourist in your own city and visit those museums or attractions you’ve never been to. Getting outside of your routine stimulates your brain and enhances your well-being. Make yourself matter. This Valentine’s day wear a splash of red.
Therefore, the more you come to love yourself this Valentine’s Day, the more you’ll have to give to others. Feeling connected, loved and supported are gifts that are to be experienced by each and everyone of us. This Valentine’s day celebrate yourself and be grateful for those wonderful people – family and friends – that are in your life.
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