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    PARTY OF ONE: Ways to Beat Valentine’s Day Stress

    February 14, 2016

February 14, 2016

PARTY OF ONE: Ways to Beat Valentine’s Day Stress

Here’s the fourth 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!

Step 2: Take Care of Your Mind!

Step 3: Take Care of Your Soul!   Today’s step . . .

4. Take Care of Others!

  • All humans have a need to love and be loved. Perhaps you aren’t feeling quite loved right now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t give Showing love to others boosts your immune system by increasing white blood cell activity.
  • A recent study on health and happiness found that subjects who focused on finding happiness in their own comfort and pleasure had remarkably unhealthy cellular profiles as well as high levels of inflammation in their systems. They also had lower levels of antibody production. In contrast, those who sought happiness through helping others had lower readings for inflammatory factors in their blood, and they produced more antibodies.

  • In other words, why we are happy matters as much as actually being happy. When we take care of others unselfishly, we are rewarded not only with improved health, but also with joy!
  • Volunteering to help others on a regular basis boosts self-confidence, betters your social skills, combats depression, boosts your immune system, and has even been shown to lessen chronic pain and improve heart disease!

Let’s not forget that Valentine’s Day was started as a liturgical (church) “holy day” in honor of St. Valentinus. He was imprisoned for ministering to other Christians who were being persecuted by the Romans. While in prison, it is said that Valentine healed the jailer’s daughter, and when writing letters to her signed them, “Your Valentine.” Let’s start a new conversation about Valentine’s Day that includes minimizing stress in our lives while joyfully serving our neighbors, whoever they may be! Happy Valentine’s Day!