Dr. Aprile Andelle | Blog
Love and Relationships
Love binds us all. And our experiences created with our loved ones and others influence us every day. I share with you how to navigate those relationships to complement your full wellness.
Finding a person to share the rest of your life with, who gets you, and makes you happy, is a great joy of living. But some of us feel lost when it comes to good love and wonder when it will happen for us. Finding your best relationship, the kind of love that lasts and is healthy, is about manifesting the type of love you desire. Here are five steps to do just that.
Love. It’s a wonderful part of life we share with other people. But often, we forget there’s another form of endearment that matters most: self-love. So this year, let’s vow to be our own valentines first and foremost. Here are seven ways to do it.
According to Mashable.com, the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts in the U.S. include greeting cards or gift cards, candy, flowers, jewelry, and clothing. These highlight the physical “stuff” aspects of the holiday. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, I want to explore some ideas for this year that address some deeper ways to communicate love.
Remember passing notes to friends in grade school, or writing love notes to a crush? With the rise of iPhones and other technology, physical writing is less common now, but there is still a place for notes and letters. They can be more intimate, personal, and thought-out—like handwritten love notes or longer love letters… but what if you wrote one to yourself? It might seem odd at first, but it’s powerful.
The relationships we have with those around us — with our spouses, our children, other family members, our best friends, or our co-workers — are a huge part of what shapes us. And the important ones are worth taking time to nurture and make a priority in your life. Maintaining good relationships can help keep us connected, grow trust and respect, and improve our productivity. It can also take a lot of hard work. So here are some ways you can continually pour love into the important relationships in your life.
Sometimes, the best decisions for us are the hardest. And self-care can sometimes mean letting go of toxic relationships that don’t promote harmony in our lives. You hold the power to choose who you allow into your space and into your life. Be honest with yourself and truly consider if it’s time to learn to move on — to let go of what’s holding you back. Here are some important things to consider.
Have you been in a situation where it feels impossible to forgive someone in your life, no matter how hard you try? Forgiveness is a virtuous trait, one that most religions tout as the path to freedom. But what if you’re just not quite ready to let go? If you can relate, here are some thoughts on what to do when you aren’t ready to forgive but want to continue moving forward.
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LOVE LANGUAGES DAILY
Ready to level up and be *intentional* in nurturing your relationships? Try Dr. Chapman’s 5 Love Languages! They’re simple and straightforward. I created my Love Languages Daily Checklist to remind you to “speak” your love language or your loved one’s love language every day. It’s about consistent, ongoing effort. Print it out and use *consistently*. And watch your relationships grow.