VALENTINE’S DAY is just around the corner, and for many this is a time to show their spouse, partners and other loved ones how much they are LOVED, by showering them with gifts of chocolates, flowers, cards and fancy dinners. All of which is wonderful and fun and makes us feel loved and treasured. However, not everyone is on board with this idea. Some people see it as nothing but a commercial nightmare. For those I say, it doesn’t have to be such a big deal. And the best news is physical affection, as well as being free, is scientifically proven to be beneficial for your mental and physical health.
“There are broad benefits of receiving and providing affection in close relationships,”— Brittany Jakubiak, a psychology researcher at Syracuse University.
“These benefits include reduced stress, more positive mood, greater overall satisfaction with life, and even a lower risk of catching a cold.”
An important concept that I believe doesn’t receive enough attention — on Valentine’s Day especially — is the concept of SELF-LOVE.💓
Self-love is defined as “the instinct by which one’s actions are directed to the promotion of one’s own welfare or well-being,” according to Dictionary.com.
Spoil yourself! Indulge in something that creates passion and excitement in your life. These are the things that fuel you to consistently function at your best and flood you with good energy. Whether it is a great book, a walk in nature or a hot bath! Be sure to set this valuable time aside for yourself. Spoiling yourself doesn’t have to include chocolates, flowers, desserts and fancy dinners!
Sending my LOVE and positive thoughts and energy your way!
And for those who want to indulge in a little Valentines TREAT, here is a special VALENTINE’S Recipe from ME to YOU 💖