Valentine's day seems to be getting bigger and arguably more commercialized every year so we've come up with a few slightly unconventional ways you can make the most of the day/week.
Love yourself first
You've probably heard it before but it's worth hearing again: if you can't love yourself how are you going to love anyone else? We know it's a lot easier said than done and the amount of loved up social media posts on Valentine's Day might make you want to hide away and eat your weight in ice cream. Don't!
Learn to embrace and love yourself for who you are, just as your friends and family do. Did you know that voicing acceptance of compliments can help your subconscious start to internalize these positive beliefs, and in turn have huge benefits for your mental health? Did you know smiling uses half the amount of facial muscles than being angry?
This year, do things that will make you feel happy and accept that taking time for yourself allows you to feel replenished and energised. Giving time to others will consequently make you feel better as well. Whether that's having a lie in, taking a book to your favourite coffee shop, hitting the gym, having round two of pancakes for dinner, or taking yourself out to a yummy meal at your favourite restaurant.
You only get one body and it's got to last you your whole life, so loving yourself also means looking after yourself (duh!).
Valentine's Day this year coincides with the start of lent, and regardless of your faith it's a great opportunity to take a step towards a healthier body. Although lent is typically associated with giving things up, why not put a twist on this tradition and focus on doing, rather than stopping, something that could improve your health and wellbeing. Decide to come along to one of our free health & wellbeing or fitness classes, make a more conscious effort to get your five a day, or get some help and advice on dealing with injuries from our experts at the Physiotherapy Clinic, (or have a massage - they are really good).
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