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Feel-good ways everyone can enjoy Valentine’s Day

Single? Coupled-up? Somewhere in-between? Regardless of your relationship status, it’s easy for the true meaning of Valentine’s Day to get lost amongst the cards, chocolate, roses (and sadness/smugness!) you see around the 14th February. When Cupid fires that arrow, it’s not a signal to run to the nearest shop; rather, it’s a reminder to acknowledge and appreciate the loves in your life, and that doesn’t have to be restricted to romantic love.

I’ve been in a variety of situations over the years for Valentine’s Day, ranging from being in serious relationships, the start of something new, being single and celebrating with friends, to one of my personal favourites; receiving a card aged 10 from the love of my life, my pony (thanks Rosie!), Firefly- nobody else got a look in! Whomever your Valentine may be, or not, it’s true to say that nobody else is responsible for your happiness. Therefore, if for some reason you find yourself a bit disappointed or glum this year, turn inwards and look to one of the people you should love the most (you!) for inspiration.

Here’s some ideas to get you started, which may be done alone, with friends, or alongside that special person in your life…

 

BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Show yourself some love with these affirmations: Say it, mean it, believe it: 5 affirmations for when you need a little self-love

Stop judging yourself and those around you unnecessarily, and learn to quieten down that critical inner voice: From mean to meaningful: 5 ways to train your inner voice to be kind

 

FOOD WITH LOVE

Taking care of yourself by ensuring you are nourished with delicious and healthy foods is an active way to practice self-love, and cooking for others is a very popular and meaningful way to show you care. Try these recipes if you’re looking for a little vegan Valentine’s cheer!

Food with love: Vietnamese Spring Rolls (vegan and gluten-free)

Food with love: Chocolate Cupcakes (vegan and gluten-free)

Food with love: Vegan Fruit Tarts (Plum/Almond, Pear/Quince, Fig/Earl Grey)

 

EAT, SLEEP, MEDITATE, REPEAT

Whether you normally practice meditation or not, a great way to feel the love and gratitude towards the people in your life is to focus your thoughts and energy on them. Not only should you find it a heart-warming and relaxing experience, but it will also clear your mind of all the unimportant negative chatter which may be happening.

Try it for yourself here: Heart to heart: a loving energy meditation

 

OPEN YOUR HEART

Yoga postures known as ‘heart openers’ are any which broaden and stretch the front of the chest. They can be extremely beneficial for releasing tension in the chest, shoulders, neck, and upper back, whilst many people find them to be calming for the mind. Give these ones a go:

Extended Puppy: Animal Yoga Pose Series

Cobra: Animal Yoga Pose Series

Locust: Animal Yoga Pose Series

Camel: Animal Yoga Pose Series

Reclining Bound Angle Pose: Foundation Yoga Pose Series (use a block/rolled blanket below the shoulders blades for additional stretch).

 

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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2 thoughts on “Feel-good ways everyone can enjoy Valentine’s Day”

  1. What s great post. It’s so easy to feel down on Valentines Day with all the hype around us. This post is so thoughtful and uplifting and gives meaning to Valentines Day whatever your relationship status To celebrate all love romantic or otherwise today in particular is such a positive and beautiful concept particularly in today’s very commercial world. Thank you for encouraging me to see it in that light

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