Certain holidays can really bring out difficult feelings, like Valentine’s Day, for example. Expectations can run high, and it’s hard not to be disappointed if your life doesn’t match the day’s romantic promise. But happiness is actually a frame of mind that you create for yourself, and you can do that in the context of any type of relationship: with a close friend, a co-worker, romantic partner, a family member and even with yourself.
This Valentine’s Day, and every day, try falling in love with yourself, your life, and your relationships, just as they are. Mindfulness can help! Here are our top five tips to strengthen any type of relationship:
Become a great listener.
How often are you checking your phone while you are with someone who is trying to talk to you? Next time you are interacting with someone, turn off the phone, close your laptop and pay full attention to the person you are with. Giving the gift of your attention is a simple act of kindness that costs nothing and will make the other person feel great.
Embrace yourself with love and acceptance.
The Hand to Heart practice in the app will help to soothe difficult emotions and release oxytocin (the “love hormone”) to get your self-love flowing.
Breathe the change you want to see.
Your breath is a great barometer of how you are feeling, and you can actually use your breath to influence how you feel. So if you want to feel more love, working with the breath is a great place to start. Even Breathing is a technique that emphasizes an attitude of kindness and understanding with each inhale and exhale. You can find this meditation in the SB&T app.
Supercharge your heart with a kindness meditation.
It’s easy to forget that we are worthy of love from ourselves and others. Our Loving Kindness meditation in the app allows you to be able to send and receive love whenever you need it the most.
Let that love flow
Spend as much time as possible with people you like (family, friends, etc.), and let them know how much you appreciate them. Kindness and appreciation fosters strong social connection, which strengthens the immune system and reduces stress.