Just enjoy strong connections

Just enjoy strong connections

Today, the 14th February is marked by the romantic holiday of Valentine's day, celebrating romantic love and connection. Chocolates, roses and champagne sit smugly at the top of commuters bags, restaurants are rammed with adorning couples and shops are over flowing with special offers for your significant other. For some it's beautiful, for other's it's bulls***t.

For many who have loved and lost or struggled to find love in the form they're looking for, Valentine's day can be a painful reminder of what we feel we're missing. The day can feel confronting, lead to the feeling of FOMO and often, be all a little too overwhelming.
 
On this Valentine's day though, I encourage you to stop and smell the roses. Look up and around you to see all the love you do have in your life. Whether it's friendships, family or furry friends, love looks different for everyone and deserves to be celebrated.
 
As humans, we're energised by connection and strong social relationships which are so closely linked to our wellbeing. Dr. Julianne Holy Lunstad found that those with solid social relationships are 50% less likely to die prematurely than those with weak social relationships. The support, solace and strength we receive from the people around us is important to be grateful for.
 
Regardless of what you think about this day in particular, taking a moment to stop, reflect and feel gratitude for the love you do have in your life, and what you give to those around you, is something we should all do a little more often. Foster and focus on the connections around you and take a moment today to show a little appreciation for those who have helped support you through the hard times and celebrate the good.
 
And finally, in the words of our Lets Reset Reset mental health specialist David Beeney, remember that the most important person to love and be kind to……. is yourself.

Below is a picture by the brilliant RANKIN of me. It was taken for my book ... used to highlight the importance of relationships in all their different forms.