Have A More Mindful And Meaningful Valentine's Day This Year
Valentine's Day is next week, which to most of us is a time symbolised by red hearts and roses. The 14th of February is supposed to be a special day for your loved ones, romantic or otherwise, but the whirlwind of consumerism in the lead up can leave us feeling a bit deflated by the time the day comes around.
In an article from Time magazine, it reveals that both single people and those in a relationships feel the stress of maintaining certain standards, while not particularly enjoying the holiday.
It's sad to think that people have a negative perception of a day that's all about celebrating love.
Here, the Gloment Team has put together three ways to have a more mindful outlook this Valentine's Day.
Don’t feel like you have to subscribe to the standard others have for your relationship. If you and your partner don’t have any interest in dinner at a restaurant, focus instead on spending time pursuing things you truly enjoy.
Just make sure that you are sharing the moment with your beloved in a way that has meaning for you both. A simple card might communicate more about your relationship than a truckload of hearts. Make sure that you find meaning in gifts you are giving.
Like any significant holiday, use Valentine's Day to think about where you are and, more importantly, if you are happy in your life. Flowers fade and chocolates get eaten but maintaining a clear vision for your future happiness is something you will not regret investing in or working towards.
Think about the meaningful questions regarding how you feel when you are with your loved one, what you appreciate about them and the special memories that you are truly grateful for. Asking yourself these questions when making the Love Poster allows you to harness these feelings and create a visual affirmation of the love you share.
It’s also important to think about what love - in all it’s forms - means to you. Which brings us to our next tip...
Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time for everyone and it’s easy to feel left out when you are being inundated with scenes of flowers and romance.
Think beyond your romantic partner and take the time to reach out to others that play a significant role in your life. Just sharing a moment of gratitude with them will make you feel more connected to your family, friends and community. Any chance to spread positivity within yourself will reflect in how the world reacts to you.
Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is a chance to focus on what is important for you right now and channel that positive energy into your life. Whether you’re single, in a relationship or just treating it like another day!
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