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Mamuna’s Valentine Survival Guide

Making the most of a whopping big let-down this Valentine’s day!?

We probably have fixed ideas about what brands us in high spirits on Valentine’s day. If you are already coupled up, spending time with your loved one in a romantic setting might be desirable even if that is just going to be at home this year

Our pre-conceived ideas about what makes us happy on Valentine’s Day usually includes our desire to be coupled up (for one night only! Just kidding), just like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan or Cary Grant and his Girl Friday!

This time of year melts the heart of most cynics. It goes without saying, this year will be altogether unique with lockdown in place with limited ways to celebrate and express just how we feel about our significant other.

Back to the present day, with magical gestures of romance and the ever and ever bit, it seems like it’s in a land far far away. Scratch the record! What do you mean it is!!! Questionably, Valentine’s Day, is the only one day in the year that marks one’s commitment!?

Whatever your circumstance and whoever you choose to spend Valentine’s Day with, in Person or on a virtual platform, be sure to make it stress free and create a happy and loving environment. To avoid disappointment, make the day a positive and uplifting experience, try these simple steps to ensure you both have a great Day …..

Plan ahead– forget fancy, Valentines’ is all about hearty and comforting dishes that are easy to eat and prepare (If dietary requirements are in place, speak to your dietician for advice). 

Set the mood– The key to a great evening is keeping you both feeling warm and merry. You don’t have to be overindulgent to create an atmosphere. Research shows that the smell, aroma and mood appeals to the senses much more and sets the tone for the evening ahead.

Lock in with a virtual date- if you are single, this is a great way to set up a date with that someone, friends or family. The concept of virtual meetings is no longer new to our lifestyle since March 2020 and seems to be a real hit with those that have Covid 19 restrictions in place. All sorts of activities can be at play including cooking and dining together, watching a movie and playing games. Don’t forget to make an effort, give your hair a flick or a bounce, dust down that dress, reach for the stilettos and bring it on!

So it’s not quite what we expect,never the less STRIP IT BACK and just be you and tell yourself that whatever happens you will make the most of the evening be it with that special person or with friends/family.

Capture the moment- So however your Valentine’s day celebrations turn out, have fun. Create unique memories for you to look back on. Whether we are in a relationship or are single the paramount desire is to be happy. Choose to be happy now!

Affirmations are a great way to certify a healthier mindand focus on all the positive things to ensure a wonderful time. By achieving self-prophecy through affirmation ensures a commitment to having a great time. Mantras /Affirmations are not only used to recite but alternatively they can be used as a constant reminder! Try writing them down on post-it notes, to act as a daily reminder. It will help to gather momentum and make the day even more thrilling!

Lighten up!The imperfections make the Day more memorable! Not all can be achieved, and the chances are there will be a romantic meal up in flames. Despite the unforeseen circumstances, remember it will be notable in the years to come.

Whether we are in a relationship or are single the overruling aspiration is to be happy, so no matter how your Valentine’s Day turns out, make sure you have fun.

Article by Mamuna Arshad

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