Why not take the stress out of Valentine’s Day by dropping the unrealistic expectations and commercial nature of the holiday? Let’s take a step back and remind ourselves about what the holiday is really all about, and find new ways to express our love without adding to our waistline.
What is Valentine’s Day really about?
I’ve scoured historic records and nowhere could I find that Valentine’s Day is about giving your loved one high calorie, high saturated fat candy, buying expensive gifts, or taking your loved one out to a lavish dinner. In fact, it is even difficult to trace the origins of Valentine’s Day. But, let’s say that for as long as we all can remember, we have selected February 14th as a day to declare our affection for someone.
Unfortunately (and you might not want to hear this), we, primarily women, have commercialized the day and made it about who receives the best gift or was treated most romantically. Sort of loses its meaning when you think about it.
Put the real meaning back into February 14th! Celebrating this Valentine’s Day differently can be good for your heart:
• Release the gifting obligation. Less pressure in any area of your life reduces stress – and that’s good for your heart
• Eliminating expectations reduces anxiety – and that’s good for your heart
• Anger because your mate didn’t get you ‘the best gift’ can raise your blood pressure – and that’s bad for your heart. Removing that anger or resentment is good for your heart.
• Giving of yourself makes you happy – and that’s good for your heart Read More »