Live. Love. Eat

Valentine's Day divides opinion - for many it is traditionally seen as a day for romance and love between a couple or for people who wish to become part of a couple. It is a wonderful opportunity to show how much you care about the one you love. Whether for all to see or secretly. However for various reasons not everyone wants to celebrate the day, they may simply ignore it or feel a sense of loneliness and unhappiness at what it represents.

Whatever your feelings on Valentine's Day, we want to show you that February the 14th isn’t just about how you love and treat someone else it is also an occasion for you to look after and love yourself.

Generally people associate Valentine's Day with romantic love and there are many commonly used and obvious symbols that are advertised to us as representing this 'love'. Now that's certainly not to say that this is wrong but if Valentine's Day is a celebration of love then we can also look at love in general and the importance of acknowledging how we feel about the different people in our lives and most definitely how we feel about ourselves.

It is an occasion to show your appreciation to everyone you care for. It doesn't have to just be about your partner but can also be about honouring your friends and family too. Celebrate everyone.

Celebrate yourself!

Self care is a very important issue with regards to our health and happiness but unfortunately it isn't a priority for most people.

It's easy to see why looking after ourselves is at the bottom of our lists.it could be that we don't believe that we have the time, we feel guilty and that we don't deserve it or simply that it is seen as selfish and indulgent.

By listening to yourself and your needs, being responsible for your own wellbeing, treating yourself with the same love and kindness you show to other people, you gain the understanding that you are a priority and that you need to be doing things to care for your body and mind before you burn out and become unwell.

Over time a lack of self care can lead to a multitude of problems including most importantly mental health issues such as depression and a general feeling of low self esteem. Other problems also include chronic pain, stress, anxiety, fatigue, sickness and having a low immune system.

Look after yourself

How do we look after ourselves?

So many people have forgotten what it is to look after themselves or even what it is that makes them happy so it is completely understandable that the idea of self care may seem like an unattainable goal. However it doesn't have to be about making huge changes to your life, it can be about making smaller changes that over time all add up to a happier, healthier and more confident you.

These small things can be as easy as taking a relaxing bath at the end of the day, having a massage, learning to meditate, joining the gym, going for a walk, socialising with friends, listening to music, reading a book, starting a new hobby. The list is endless. The point is that in order to look after yourself and be the best version of who you are, you have to make the time to do the things that make you, you.

 

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We want you to plan and prepare a delicious meal. Why not create a relaxing atmosphere, turn off the television, your mobile phone and any other technology.

Be present in the moment and enjoy sitting down at a table to eat either just by yourself, with your partner, your family or with friends.

Just take a break from the busy world outside and focus on your self care.

It's a chance to truly enjoy spending time with the people you love or by yourself and really savour your food, without watching the clock or being distracted by something else.

Pretty Local top foods to help us feel happy

There are many obvious foods that you can enjoy associated with Valentine's Day and love but to also get you started with your self care mindset. Here is a list of delicious foods that will help you to feel happier and more energised.

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Strawberries
  • Lemons
  • Chillies
  • Honey
  • Pasta
  • Radishes
  • Leafy Greens
  • Oats
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Oranges
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Coconut
  • Pineapple

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