What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common?

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common
February is the month of hearts and love. Teddy bears, chocolate, flowers, and heart shaped gimmicks line the aisles at your neighborhood stores, happy couples are all over Instagram, and awareness campaigns are everywhere promoting American Heart Month.

Valentine's day is about your loved ones, and American Heart Month is about, well, America’s heart health. However, interestingly, this year the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute centered their campaign around not everyone else’s hearts but your heart. Their page on the annual observance displays the headline “When we take care of #OurHearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same.”

This represents a welcome change in the marketing tactics that are being used during this month and it’s observances; the most important heart, your biggest valentine, will always be you.

Yes, this is a blog on self -care and self love in honor of the month of hearts. Mostly, it’s a blog on how to be the best you both in your relationships and for yourself.

7 Self-Love Ideas To Try This Month (And Every Month)

1. Sleep In

On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common

Pick a day once a week where you give yourself unconditional permission to sleep in. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and thankful you gave your body the extra rest it’s been begging you for. No shame or stress on things you need to do or “wasted time” allowed!

2. Eat Whatever You Want, but Have Whole-Food Based Meals

On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common

If you’ve been feeling restricted lately due to some of those new year’s resolutions, or you simply feel like you need a little extra indulgence, give yourself permission to remove restrictions. Eat whatever you want over a weekend, or even a week. The only caveat? Have meals that mostly consist of whole foods (lean protein, simple carbs, and some natural fats) in order to make sure you are satiated. Outside of this, let yourself have the potato chips and the glass of wine after dinner. You deserve it girl.

3. Drink All the Water

On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common

Make it fun, make it a challenge with your friends, use an app, use a rewards system, whatever makes you want to drink more water, do it. You’ll thank yourself in a week or two when your skin looks brighter, your body looks tighter, and your mind is clearer.

4. Set Goals

On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common

Sometimes it can be easy to fall in a rut, which can lead to apathy, burn-out, and a plethora of other unpleasant things. Take 30 minutes  to an hour to sit down and plan out some goals you’d like to hit that have nothing to do with anyone else and everything to do with you. Think about what YOU want, and how you’re going to get it. Make an action plan, and set it in motion.

5. Make a List of All the Things You Like About You

On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common

Everyone feels down in the dumps at times. You might not love what you see in the mirror, you might be underperforming at work, or simply falling into the trap of comparing yourself to others. Instead of focusing on all the things you need to do better and all the things you don’t like about yourself, take the time to make a comprehensive list of all the things you LOVE about yourself. Do you make a mean lasagna? Are you a kick a** mom? Do you have a weirdly good memory for appointment dates and times? No detail is too small. Remind yourself about why you’re amazing, it may be easy to forget at times.

6. Make Time for A Hobby

On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common

I love my work, I love my family, and I love my friends, so I give a LOT of my time to them. Oftentimes it’s easy to look back at my week and realize I didn’t really give any of my time to myself. I neglected morning walks, or that extra 30 minutes of alone time with my cup of coffee. If you can relate, think about the things that you’ve been neglecting in order to spend time with others or give to others, and make a decision to give yourself some of that time this week. You deserve it just as much as anyone else does.

7. Make an Appointment with Your Chiropractor

On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common

Pick a date this month, and call us. Chances are if you’re reading this blog a part of you knows you have been neglecting your self-care, and wants to make a change. Come in for a consultation or your routine appointment, and we’ll make sure to go over all of your self-care options that will complement our adjustments and keep you feeling your best in your body.

Love is in the Air

On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common

The meaning of Valentine’s Day and nationwide heart health concerns are not lost on me. I’m simply a believer in the fact that in order to be there for others, you first need to be there for yourself.

There’s a reason airlines ask you to put your own mask on before helping others in the event of a crisis. How can you help others if you can’t help yourself? How can you show up for others if you can’t show up for yourself?

Take some of these ideas into consideration, and implement the ones that resonate with you. Feel free to make them your own. Do what feels good to YOU. After a day, a week, or even a MONTH of self-care and focusing on loving yourself just as much as you love others, I promise you you will feel different.

How do I know?

I know because I’ve lived it. We’re all guilty of neglecting ourselves. We let our wants and needs slip away and become cranky, burned out, distant, tired, and dull. But when we take care of ourselves? We come alive.

By investing into your own self-love, you’ll be better able to invest in the love of others during this month and every other, because by taking care of you, and loving YOU, you can love others better.

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Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Dr. Josh Huddleston, and I are the founders of On-The-Go Wellness®. We are husband & wife, who just so happen to be Board Certified, Licensed, Chiropractic Physicians & Certified Yoga Instructors! After practicing with other clinics in the USA and Singapore for the past 5 years, we decided to start On-The-Go Wellness® to fit our active, mobile lifestyles.

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