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Love Hack: How to Make Valentine’s Day Last All Year Long

Love Hack: How to Make Valentine’s Day Last All Year Long

    I’m going to cut to the chase here. Why should Valentine’s Day be the only day where you show your significant other how much you love and care for them? Why shouldn’t you do it each and every day of the year – making sure you take a little time to remind them of how much they mean to you?

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    There’s really no reason why you can’t make every day Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t take too much effort, and by getting started today with a rotuine that you can carry throughout the year, you’ll find that the momentum of the day can – and will – last all year long.

    Here are just a few of the little things you can do to make February 14th last far longer than just 24 hours:

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    Start and End the Day with a Connection

    When you wake up in the morning, let them know you’re happy to see them or hear their voice. Before you go to bed, remind them that once more. There’s nothing quite like reminded how special you are to start and end your day. And it takes just a little bit of awareness to make such a huge difference in someone’s life. Why shouldn’t that difference be made for that special someone in your life?

    Give Hugs

    Again, something that takes very little to make happen but can mean so much to the recipient. A hug reinforces that physical connection you have with your partner, and it can linger all day long. Whether your partner needs a hug to lift their spirits or just as a gesture of how much you care about them, a hug is one of the best ways you can make that Valentine’s Day feeling last all year long.

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    Simple Gestures

    Things like writing a love note in their lunch kit or sending an email that lets them know you’re thinking of them is a simple gesture that can go a long way. Keep some Post-It notes in a kitchen drawer along with pens of different colours so you’ve got them at the ready, and bookmark an eCard service in your Internet browser so that should the moment strike you, you can quickly send off a message to your sweetheart.

    Say the Words

    Whether those words are “I love you” or “You’re the best”, it really doesn’t matter. Sometimes it’s just great to hear them, especially if they seem to appear out of the blue. By starting to “ritualize” this sort of thing, you’re setting yourself up for a long-lasting habit that will level up your love life and keep the home fires burning throughout the year.

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    Reflection Leads to Recognition

    Taking the time to journal how you feel is an important way to not only express how you feel about someone, but to foster expressing those feelings to them on a daily basis. It’s in those moments of capturing your thoughts in a journal of some sort that the gratitude really resonates, giving you further fuel to make sure that Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day where you let your love one know how much they mean to you.

    In Closing

    As you can see, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t make Valentine’s Day last the whole year through. You just need to take the time to make it happen. You’d be surprised as to how much your productivity and zest for life will increase by showing those you love how much they mean to you more than just one day per year.

    (Photo credit: A happy couple in love with painted smiley and hugging via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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