5 Ways to Get in the Mood for Valentine’s Day
Has Valentine’s Day got you down? You’re not the only one. Many people report feeling depressed, insecure, and undesirable during this February holiday. However, spending the day alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. We’ve put together a list of activities that will boost your mood (and your sex drive), keeping you connected to those you love. So if long-stem roses, Godiva chocolates, and sentimental Hallmark cards bring on the blues, just remember, it’s a day like any other—regardless of whether you’re in a relationship.
1. Hit the Gym
Working out is a great way to boost energy and increase self-confidence. When you feel good about your body, you will be more comfortable sharing it with others (yes, we are talking about sex). Exercise elevates levels of testosterone in both men and women, resulting in an increased sex drive. In addition, the endorphins released during a sweat session will trigger a positive feeling within the body, reducing stress and increasing self-esteem. For the ultimate win-win, squeeze in quality time with friend or loved one by going to a group fitness class.
2. Catch Some Zzzs
Sleep and mood are closely intertwined. It’s recommended that the average adult get between seven to nine hours of sleep every night, a lack of which can contribute to depression, anxiety, and low sex drive. Sleep-deprived individuals are more vulnerable to tension and stress, which can often put a strain on personal relationships. To encourage a more restful sleep, set a curfew for your electronics and increase your magnesium intake (found in ALOHA Be Brilliant), as low levels of this mineral can prevent the brain from fully settling.
3. Make Time for “Me”
The demands of work, relationships, and daily stresses can take a toll on your overall well-being. Finding time to disconnect is often a struggle. However, setting aside 20 minutes of “me” time every couple of days will lift your mood and reduce stress levels. Periods spent in solitude can actually increase creativity and concentration, and decrease the risk of depression. So unwind, recharge, and do something that you really enjoy.
Our recommendations? Take an Epsom salt bath (hello magnesium!), sip ALOHA Lovers Tea, and light scented candles—aromas like lavender, licorice, and pumpkin pie have been shown to boost arousal.
4. Practice Yoga
There’s a lot more to yoga than flexibility and fashion. As the “union” of mind and body, yoga has been proven to reduce anxiety and fatigue, while boosting mood, energy levels, and self-esteem. When practicing with a loved one, it can also increase intimacy and strengthen your connection, both emotionally and physically. According to a 2009 study, a consistent yoga practice can even improve several aspects of sexual function in women, including desire and arousal. Can you think of a better way to get in the mood?
5. Treat Yourself
Valentine’s Day is a time to indulge (hey, it’s just one day!). So, explore new flavors and treat yourself to something delicious. If you deprive yourself of the things you love, you’re more likely to overeat later. Experiment with herbs like yohimbe bark, ginseng, and dong quai, or add avocado, asparagus, and chili peppers to your diet. They will increase blood flow to the pelvic area and boost your libido herbalist and nutritionist approved!
For a healthy way to satisfy your cravings, try ALOHA Original Dark Chocolate or whip up a batch of ALOHA + Erin Mckenna’s Superfood Desserts. It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a little something sweet!
Photo Credit: Sarah Lee