February is known as the month of love and romance. Across the world, Valentine’s Day is dedicated to lovers and during this time those "lucky ones" are showered with cards, chocolates, fragrances, dinners, jewelry, flowers, proposals and much more. Believe me, i'm all about celebrating the ones you adore, but i've found that for many, this time of year often makes them feel left out or forgotten. This is why i'm turning it around and i'm asking you to take a different approach to this "Lover's Holiday" in 2019 with a renewed focus on self-love, empowerment and confidence.Love is accepted and extended through our Heart Chakra and when it's open love is able to easily flow in and out. However, The heart chakra can become imbalanced as a result of life experiences that have a strong emotional charge, physical ailments, or significant changes in your environment. These experiences may manifest as a blockage in the energy flow and we need to take steps to re-balance ourselves and open our hearts. There are some simple steps you can take in your day to day life to help to open your Heart Chakra which are listed below:1. Work with the breath to balance your energy; There are great apps and videos available that can guide you through this.2. Cultivate your appreciation for beauty, whether it’s in nature, people or in the arts.3. Practice self-care and love your body, we love a good bath with rose essential oil.4. Cultivate self-compassion and acceptance, especially with regards to your emotions and body.5. Focus on receiving if you are naturally inclined to be a giver; and on giving if you’re more inclined to receive all the time.6. Reflect on old wounds inherited from family relationships and come to terms with them compassionately; practice forgiveness deep within your heart.7. Express your gratitude, even if it’s in silence; you can be grateful for the presence of other people in your life or simply for good things that make your life easier and happier, focus on tasks that SERVE YOU.8. Use healing gemstones to clear negative energy and open yourself to receive love. Below is a list of our favorites. - Rose Quartz: The stone of unconditional love. One of the most important stones for Heart Chakra work, Rose Quartz opens the heart to all types of love - love of self, love of family, love of friends, romantic love. Because it is a type of quartz, Rose Quartz does have a high energy, but its vibe is also calming and soothing. - Smokey Quartz: A very powerful metaphysical stone, Smokey Quartz emits a high level of energy and helps ground the holder with Earth energies. Use Smokey Quartz to absorb and transmute negative energy to help clear your blockage and make a pathway for love to come in. - Carnelian: A powerful Sacral Chakra Stone. It increases personal power and physical energy, gives courage, and boosts creativity and compassion. Wearing or carrying Carnelian can enhance vitality and will, providing higher energy needed when approaching new projects and dreams. - Amazonite: Great for non-verbal expression. It is a good energy filter, blocking geopathic stress as well as electromagnetic pollution emitted from computers, microwaves, or cell phones. Amazonite soothes aggravation and emotional trauma, eases irritation, and calms all of the chakras. While including these practices in our life can seem daunting at times, take it day by day and start small. Changes do not happen overnight but with the right intention you will gradually see these changes manifest in your life. Remember that you deserve it and you are worth it.