What February 14 is Really About

What’s so special about Valentine’s Day?

I am not a cynic. I am loved by my handsome husband, beautiful daughter and a supportive family and friend circle.

Over the years I have realized that love, kindness and commitment one tends to “share” on February 14 is really what should be shown year round.

In your everyday actions.

Everyday of the year.

Isn’t the time we spend together, the memories we create more meaningful, more reflective of this day we call Valentine’s Day? and the love we share?

So the weeks leading up this “special” day are all about what you buy that loved one. Here’s an interesting comparison; I was in Europe for work this past week. There was only one instance (besides picture at airport of Roses) all week that I saw a small hint of V-Day. At a small grocery store, Lindt had a little display of heart shaped chocolates. There were no advertisements, posters, or tv commercials. I thought this was indicative of how commercialized we have let this day become.

Don’t get me wrong, I like flowers, chocolates and jewellery like the next person. I’d be a hypocrite to say I didn’t, and I love being surprised even more (like today, my hubby gave me a beautiful necklace! Totally unexpected!)

But, as I teach my daughter lessons, I want her to see gat it is more than just chocolates and candy. It’s about appreciating your loved ones and sharing special moments with them.

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Today, we will do just that! Swimming lessons, take out dinner and snuggles on the couch while reading my little ones books. After a long week away, this is what really matters to me on this day.

 

 

 

Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

1. Long walk or cross-country ski with your family

2. Brunch at your favourite spot (in Ottawa, check out the February 15 Valentine Brunch at the Museum of Nature)

3. Reading books, doing crafts and baking weekend treats

4. #Winterlude2015, skate along the world’s longest skating rink!

When my LO goes down tonight, I’m looking forward to a nice chocolate treat and good movie with my hubby.

How can becoming healthier be E-A-S-Y?

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Many thanks for the contribution from Dr. Crystal Holly, Clinical Health Psychologist. 

Now that you know how to set achievable and sustainable goals (see my earlier contribution on “A healthier you in 2015… it’s EASY!”) then you can move on to the EASY route to a healthier you. Being healthy means something different for each person but the EASY route is a good way of finding BALANCE in your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

 

E: Eating- decide what eating healthier means to you. Make small steps towards this on a regular basis. A good and simple tool to go back to is Canada’s Food Guide.

A: Activity- This is a must. In our busy lifestyles ( read about the importance of activity in My Mama Journey’s post “The life of a lady who likes to ” go go go” ) we often neglect physical activity. This doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. This can be walking to work, playing with your child, or doing housecleaning. A simple way to start to measure your activity is with a pedometer. To meet activity guidelines an adult should be getting 10,000 steps a day. You’ll like be surprised on how many you actually get…

S: Sleep/Screens- More sleep & less screen time. The average adult needs 8 hours of sleep. But I can get by with 6 you say. Yes, you can get by but research shows that adults who do not get enough sleep are: more overweight, increased chance of diabetes/cancer/other health issues, and are more depressed and anxious. One of the biggest culprits in sleep problems are the screens. No screens in bed and within 1 hour of going to bed. Get rid of those TVs, ipads, iphones, and other gadgets in bed and focus on you, your partner and getting some rest.

Y: You- Juggling work, family and personal tasks that all need to get done can take a big toll on us all. What usually is neglected is YOU time. This is a must in a journey to both a physically and psychologically healthier you. Many people neglect this important area which is essential in finding a healthy balanced life. Take a bubble bath with candles. Read a good book. Go for a nice walk alone. Some time to be with yourself doing something that you enjoy should be a part of your week that you look forward to.

So the E-A-S-Y route may not look so easy after all… but really it can be. Remember, one step at a time in making lifestyle changes and go small and achievable. The EASY part is that if you do focus on each of these components in your life you’ll be incorporating health and balance into 2015!