The Month of L-O-V-E
February is the month of love; a term our society uses to describe everything from our fascination toward pizza, to one’s deep affection for another individual. Two very different ends of the spectrum. Think about this from a child or teen’s perspective who has seen “love” in the media, heard it expressed among peers, but yet may never have heard “I love you” from a caregiver- someone who is supposed to show the greatest care and attention to a child. This would be very confusing. Their emotional development has been often marked by hurt, grief, and longing. Pathway children typically do not know how to express love or affection in conventional ways, let alone receive love in a healthy relationship.
Children who have experienced trauma may test just how far they can push but remember this is their cry for someone who will love them no matter what. Be the game changers, the ones who show children and teens they are worthy of care and attention.
Spending time with loved ones – family and friends alike - can reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and may even improve our cardiovascular health. February is Heart Health Month, the perfect time to access your health and take steps toward healthy eating habits, reducing stress, and staying active.
Spread a little love to those you care about! Make the world a better place.
1. Extend some grace. We never know what someone may have on their plate. Be patient and react with empathy and compassion if their response does not live up to your expectation.
2. Write down all the things that you appreciate about someone. Gratitude goes a long way! Both for you and the recipient.
3. Pay it forward! Buy someone’s coffee or drop off takeout on a friend’s porch.
4. Show some love to yourself. Do what makes you happy. Then reap the benefits and let love and kindness be shown to others.
5. Pick up the phone and call a friend or family member to just say, “Hey, I’ve been thinking about you.” We all need some extra support these days.