Valentine’s Day is actually Good for your Mental Health.
During February, I have always put a Valentine emphasis on celebrations with my friends. I think of the holiday as a way to let others know how much they mean to me. By recognizing and strengthening those bonds, it is also a way to boost your own mental health. ‘
POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER. It’s no secret that adults who have a circle of friends are healthier and can even live longer than those who don’t. Research studies indicate that people who are part of a strong social network have a lower risk of serious health problems including high blood pressure, depression and being overweight, according to the Mayo Clinic.
During February (I call it a month of hearts), I make one-on-one lunch or latte dates with my good friends.
Shining a light on these friendships, does not stop there. I like to add a little creativity. Remember those little Valentine’s Day cards we used to pass out as kids. Most of them were corny, but still were a way to connect with a friend in school. I have incorporated that idea by sending Valentine cards to my close friends who live far way. I let them know how they make my life better.
Take the time to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a friend or two—it will boost your happiness and reduce your stress!