GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- While 58 million pounds of chocolate will be sold on Valentine's Day Week, it may not be the most appreciated or healthy way to show love. While many are busy buying gifts like chocolate for others it's also a good time of year to show yourself some loving kindness.
Whether you are in a relationship or not, holidays like Valentine's Day can trigger feelings of loneliness, low self-worth, and concerns over body image that can lead to emotional eating. Kay Loughrey teaches her clients that the antidote to this response is loving yourself, and is why she believes that the most important person to shower with affection on Valentine's Day is you.
Loughrey explains, "Any good relationship—whether with friends, family, or a partner—starts with loving yourself. When you take time to know who you are, how you feel, and what you stand for, you develop a sense of worth and confidence—both highly desirable traits. Knowing what you want, and asking for it, can be tough, but well worth it." The sense of satisfaction from self-worth lasts longer than does eating a gooey piece of chocolate.
Loughrey knows that people often put their own needs last to please or take care of others. While it's admirable to be compassionate and caring, she knows too many people, especially women, who give from an empty cup. This may be why women put so much emphasis on this holiday.
Do you want more love this Valentine's Day? Look for ways to be your own Valentine. Here are three things to consider:
- Taking care of yourself is not a selfish act, rather, a loving example of self-care. Loughrey says, "Many people don't even have 30 minutes a day to themselves. Listen to music, meditate, take a warm bath, buy yourself flowers, or spend an hour or more doing something that makes you feel wonderful."
- Become more aware of how you speak to yourself. Loughrey says, "We tend to be more critical of ourselves than we are of others, often holding ourselves up to extremely high standards. This pattern can lead to overeating. I suggest that my clients talk to themselves as they would to a precious child. It takes practice, but with time you will stop being so self-critical."
- If you want to celebrate Valentine's Day, do! If you're on your own, make plans to do something with friends or be among the 14% (of women) who send themselves flowers. Hoping for a romantic gift? Ask for a spa certificate instead of chocolate. Valentine's Day is known for decadent desserts, but indulging might leave you feeling worse about your body or thwart a new year's resolution to lose weight.
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Kay Loughrey, Biography
Kay Loughrey is a speaker, health and weight loss coach, and registered dietitian nutritionist who addresses both inner and outer health issues. She has been featured in major media including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Men's Fitness Magazine, Newsday, and local television and radio stations.
She spearheaded multiple national initiatives for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kay is a seasoned professional who has brought her science, public health, and health communication expertise to major nutrition and health programs including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and the Food Supplement Program for Women, Infants, and Children. She helps clients conquer food triggers, turn trauma into growth and freedom, lose weight, and get their joyful life back.
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