How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

IMG_2490Valentine’s Day is upon us.  Sometimes it seems like another one of those “Hallmark Holidays”, something to fill the retail shelves in the space between Christmas and Easter. But just as Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to express all that we’re grateful for, the beauty of Valentine’s Day is that it offers us the opportunity to express our love to others. To tell those we hold near and dear to our hearts, those we appreciate and value, those we love, just how much they mean to us. Hopefully, we’re already doing this all year long, but it never hurts to have a special day to honor the occasion!

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If chocolates and cards seem a little boring or cliche, think about approaching the day (or the whole month!) with a focus on connecting with the people you care about.

Share some time with someone. Your significant other, your mom or dad, your kids, a best friend, a new friend. Create an experience together. Create a memory. It will live in your hearts much longer than a gift.

Appreciate someone and let them know why. Maybe it’s someone very close to you, and maybe not. Maybe it’s your child’s teacher or coach, or a co-worker, or the clerk at that store who took the time to help you find exactly what you were looking for. Tell them.

And for a really different experience this year…

Connect with YOU. The best gift you can give the people you love is a happy, healthy you. Maybe it’s time to practice a little self-care. Take time to schedule your favorite bodywork treatment, or a candle-lit bubble bath, or a walk in the woods, or whatever it is that you love to do that makes you feel good about yourself inside. Here are some other great suggestions for taking care of yourself.

Self-love is not being selfish or self-centered. When we take time to value and appreciate ourselves, to take care of ourselves, we increase our energy and ability to love and care for others. So spend some time with you, and appreciate yourself and all that you bring into the world just by being you. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!