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Ways To Deal With Valentine’s Day Blues

Ways To Deal With Valentine’s Day Blues

The thought of spending Valentine’s day alone may bring up feelings of sadness for some people. In certain cases, it may cause anxious or depressed feelings for those who don’t have a significant other. This Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to view and spend the day a little differently. Sometimes a new perspective can make a difference in how you feel and act throughout the day.

Instead of looking at February 14th as a cruel holiday for single people, I invite you to think of it as a moment to reflect. Take this time to treat yourself and to see that you are your most loyal companion. The fact is, you spend more time with yourself than anyone else does! You must be the one to show yourself love first and foremost. Here are some activities you can do that will help you shift your focus and avoid falling into a negative mindset this Valentine’s Day.

  1. Spend time with other single people – Valentine’s Day is a holiday to be spent with people you love, not only significant others. So, find some single friends and go out for dinner and a movie. Love is love, and this is the day we’ve set to represent it.
  2. Set a date with yourself – Another possibility you have is to make this day all about you. Set up a spa day and pamper yourself or buy yourself a pair of new sneakers, whatever makes you happy! Think about you and how much love you have. The moment you show appreciation, love, and accept yourself it will show. You will attract someone that mirrors the relationship you have with yourself.
  3. Do something nice for others – Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, look at what you do have; love to give. Spread the love. Turn that sadness into an act of kindness. You can volunteer at your place of worship, take some flowers or stuffed animals to children at a hospital, or help someone walk across the street. Simple gestures that show you’re full of love will make others around you feel good and you will feel the same by your selfless actions.
  4. Treat it like any other day – If you don’t put too much thought into Valentines Day, you’ll just go through the day like it’s any other day. Don’t change your daily routine just because you’re single on Valentines Day. The key is to be yourself on this day.

Use these tips and make sure you do something to add to the amount of love you have for yourself. Make Valentine’s Day a day to spread the love, have it mean something more than just flowers and chocolates from that special someone. Remember, any healthy loving relationship starts with caring and loving yourself first. Let this Valentine’s Day be the start of an everlasting love story with the most important person in your life, you.

Benefits of Walk & Talk Therapy

What is Walk and Talk Therapy?

Walk and Talk Therapy is a little bit outside of the normal therapy sessions. Literally! During the Walk and Talk therapy session, both the client and the therapist walk outside as they converse. Clients often feel that being outside is a more relaxed environment than an office.

A client once said to me, “I love that you’re wearing sneakers and workout clothes too, oddly that makes me feel more comfortable!”
Benefits of Walk and Talk Therapy

This type of therapy has several benefits.

1. Research shows that walking outside enhances both your mood and self-esteem. The activity of “moving forward” can work both emotionally and physically to enhance mood and the outcome of therapy. Numerous scientific studies show the positive effects this therapy has on the brain. As you’re being physically active, your brain will start to release feel-good endorphins that may ease someone who is feeling overwhelmed. These feel-good endorphins also have the ability to decrease the brain’s perception of pain. This positive feeling triggered by exercise that most people feel is often compared to morphine. That is pretty cool!

2. Walk and Talk Therapy provides tranquility, as walking in the park can be comforting and humbling. Incorporating a little bit of movement will vastly improve the counseling session. The feeling of being outside, can be a catalyst for a person to be fully open when expressing their feelings. Some clients may have a hard time sitting down, face to face with their therapist. Being out in the open takes a little bit of the pressure off and, will allow the client’s eyes to wander as they are expressing their concerns and hopes.

3. This therapy encourages clients to be more physically active. Getting outside can sometimes be complicated in the day to day life. At one of his seminars Tony Robbin’s once said “our lives are consumed by boxes.” We live in a box, drive to work in a box, get to our boxed cubicle or office at work, leave to go back to our box, get a box of frozen food and put in another box, a microwave! This may not resonate with everyone, but many people can relate to this “box” lifestyle. Walk and Talk Therapy encourages you to be more physically and mentally active, outside of any boxes.

4. As the clientpatient, you oversee the pace of the session. You can go with either a more relaxing walk. or a fast-paced session, whichever pace is fitting to your current mood or activity level. This type of therapy will provide balance and adjust to your pace. In addition, walking outdoors allows for great metaphors that can be incorporated into our talks. For example, stepping over rocks on our path can be a strong symbolic metaphor for moving through issues or rocks we all have in our lives.

Who benefits?

Ideally, anyone can benefit from walking outdoors. Walk and Talk Therapy has been proven to be more effective with people who are suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety and any, life transition such as a breakup or a divorce. As mentioned above, your career may require you to be inside an office all day long, which won’t make you want to be inside during your therapy sessions. Get outdoors and start going forward!

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Every year, millions of people around the world take on the new year as a way to challenge their selves. Whether it’s to lose weight, travel more or to work on themselves to become a better person. The new year always motivates people to make a change. However, what’s also known about these resolutions, is that after the first couple of weeks, people tend to fall off the bandwagon. Here are some tips that will help you stay and commit to your New Year’s resolutions.

1. Tangible goals – Saying something is not as powerful as writing it down and committing to it routinely. For example, saying that you want to lose weight isn’t enough. Writing it down and setting a goal of losing five pounds by the end of February is both reasonable and specific. Make sure you write and plan specific action steps you need to complete each goal. If you naturally become anxious about meeting your goals, this practice is a helpful way to stay on track. Helping you reach your goals, as well as easing your anxiety and lowering chances of not accomplishing your goals.

2. Show some love to yourself – It’s important to not forget about yourself while you are on your way to meeting your goals. Let’s just say that you’re preparing to run a marathon. Every time you put effort into your training, put a quarter or a dollar into a jar. When it’s time for the marathon, you’ll be well trained and you can treat yourself to a new running outfit with the money saved. Staying positive and setting rewards on your way to your big goal will keep you motivated. Remembering to always put yourself and your happiness first. You work hard to accomplish these tangible goals, while learning how to love yourself more along the way. Don’t forget to reward yourself on your journey to meet your goals.

3. Don’t give up – It’s important to remember that you’re only human. At times we tend to be too harsh on ourselves, and forget that we aren’t meant to be perfect. There might be some temptations or setbacks, but it is up to you to remember how hard you’ve worked so far. If you wanted to lose five pounds, and only lost three, celebrate losing those three pounds instead of criticizing yourself for not losing all five. Staying focused and accomplishing goals will help you overcome anxiety and depression.

Living a fulfilled and happy life, stems from maintaining a balance of a healthy and positive lifestyle. Achieving small milestones in your life will have you feeling more positive, accomplished, and motivated to keep pushing for your best self. It’s the beginning of a New Year, and the beginning of a new YOU!