A healthy body, mind and soul this Valentine’s Day

Open communication, mental well-being and a healthy sex life may all contribute to a blissful Valentine’s Day and a thriving relationship.

In South Africa, lack of communication accounts for 70% of all relationship breakdowns while a lack of sexual intimacy plays a huge part in divorce according to recent media reports (see here: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Spike-in-SA-divorce-rate-20131103).

Pharmacist and complementary medicines expert Giulia Criscuolo says good mental health (and a happy relationship) takes concerted effort: “As a couple it’s important you and your partner address communication and sexual intimacy — which are inter-linked – openly, with kindness and with patience,” she says.

Good mental and emotional health includes overall psychological well-being  — a prerequisite for adequately coping with emotional issues and relationship difficulties.

These steps will help:

–          Get enough sleep: At least seven to eight hours a night to function optimally

–          Eat healthily: What you eat affects energy and mood.

–          Exercise: helps relieve stress. Aim for 30 minutes a day.

–          Get sunlight every day: At least 15 minutes a day. It helps lift your mood.

–          Limit alcohol & avoid cigarettes and drugs: Stimulants make you feel good short term but have negative long term health consequences.

–          A healthy sex life is good for the heart and mood.

–          Build self esteem by helping others.

–          Stop focusing on worry and unhealthy thoughts which drain energy and cause depression. Instead, practice positive affirmation.

–          Try something new such as learning a language or travelling.

–          Spend time in nature and explore art – this may reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

–          Listen to music, get a massage and appeal to the rest of your senses to stay calm

–          Caring for a pet has shown to help lift mood.

–          Do something that feels good every day. Read a book, talk to a friend or take a walk.

–          Start a gratitude diary. Try mediation, prayer or being still for ten minutes every day.

–          Hug your partner – it feels good & boosts intimacy.

–          Seek professional help if you are depressed, struggling to sleep or anxious.

Criscuolo says good mental health, coupled with a supportive and loving attitude, is essential for a happy relationship. And, open communication is the first step to resolving difficulties, including those relating to sexual intimacy such as Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

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