Wellness From Saint Valentine

anthony clavien put yourself firstThis month is when we celebrate love, often going to great lengths to communicate to the person we love just how special they are to us. What if you chose to add YOU to your list of people you love this year? Perhaps you don’t need to buy yourself anything special, but there are some ways that you can celebrate wellness and honor yourself at the same time. We all know how important wellness is in one’s life, so why not use this holiday as a good excuse to get started?

Start by getting a good night’s rest before Valentine’s Day arrives. Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing. Psychologist and sleep expert David F. Dinges, Ph.D., of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, says that irritability, moodiness and disinhibition are some of the first signs a person experiences from lack of sleep. Does this sound like a good way to start the holiday of love? Get some quality rest so you can start the day off on the right foot.

How’s that resolution to make more time to take care of YOU going, physically speaking? Have you been going to the gym like you promised you would? When was the last time you made it to that yoga class you promised yourself, since you feel so good and stress-free after you’re done? Set aside an hour to get your blood moving this Valentine’s Day, and make sure you keep that hot date – you owe it to yourself!

Last but not least, eat well all day long. Keep your body’s health in mind all day when making selections about what you chose to nourish your body with. Start the day with a balanced breakfast so you will feel energized for the day. Snack on healthy food throughout the day, such as fresh fruit and vegetables.

If you follow these guidelines, you are sure to have a splendid Valentine’s Day – and this time you will honor YOU the way YOU deserve to be honored.

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