PARTY OF ONE: Ways to Beat Valentine’s Day Stress
February 11, 2016
February 11, 2016
Yesterday we began to talk about Valentine’s Day Stress.
Here’s the first step in getting your focus off of the stressful demands that we overspend, overeat, and overemphasize sensuality on a particular calendar date. Let’s start a new conversation about how to have a party of one…YOU! We are all in relationship with ourselves, and we spend more time with ourselves than with anyone else on earth. If you want to respect yourself, and feel great while doing it, you need to be good to yourself. No one else can do these things for you:
STEP 1. Take Care of Your Body!
- Getting candy and sweets on Valentine’s Day is traditional, but sugar puts oxidative stress on your body. You’re not doing yourself any favors to indulge on this day. High sugar and carbohydrate diets have been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and dementia; including Alzheimer’s. This day will come and go, but you have to live with your body for the next couple of decades at least.
- Instead of heading to a restaurant for dinner, make a date with yourself to take a nice long hike in the mountains, or a swim in a heated, indoor pool. Exercise is a known stress reducer.
- Afterwards, instead of drinking alcohol, head back home for a warm bath in Epsom salts, baking soda, and coconut oil. This combination offers detoxification which reduces overall bodily stress.
- Head off to bed with a cup of chamomile tea sweetened with organic, raw honey. The slightly acidic PH level of honey discourages the growth of bacteria, and its strong antioxidant properties destroy free radicals that stress your cells.
- Curl up with a good book, and read until you fall asleep. Because we Americans spend so much screen time between our televisions, computers, tablets, smartphones, etc., it reduces mental stress to balance the brain by looking at art, reading books, or simply wandering in nature, observing its beauty.
- Wake up the next day feeling great because you took care of yourself! We all know the effects of a lack of sleep; but what does sleep really do for us? Among other things, deep (REM) sleep gives neurons used while we are awake a chance to shut down and repair themselves. When we sleep deeply and well we are actually rebuilding our health!
- We like others who are kind to us and respectful of our uniqueness. Be that person for yourself.
Tomorrow . . . Step 2