Valentine’s Day is all about love, but it isn’t just for lovers. Love is such a precious gift, we should celebrate it in all forms: familial love, philia love (aka, brotherly love), and, perhaps more importantly, self-love. So, if you are without a romantic partner this year, don’t mope. Be your own Valentine and practice a little self-love and self-care.
How to Be Your Own Valentine
Treat Yourself With Respect
You would expect your Valentine date to be respectful of you so you should hold yourself to that same standard. If you are prone to self-criticize or if you put yourself down a lot now is the time to uplift yourself. Free yourself of negativity. This Valentine’s Day use a dry erase marker to write lovely messages about yourself on your bathroom mirror. Give yourself a compliment before you head off to work. You’ll boost your self-esteem.
Valentine’s Day is also a great time for practicing a little self-care. A long-relaxing bath with a bath bomb, candles, and relaxing music is great for your emotional health. You can even eat a tray of decadent, but healthy snacks (like chocolate berry mousse tart or healthy chocolate truffles) while you soak. If a home spa isn’t your idea of pampering yourself, no worries! There are other things that you can try. Consider getting a massage. Or book a hotel room for one night. You can enjoy the room service and the hotel amenities. Whatever you decide to do, make sure the experience is luxurious. You deserve it!
Buy Gifts for Yourself
This year, why not buy yourself a Valentine’s Day gift? Nowadays, more and more people are buying themselves holiday gifts, so the idea is not uncommon. In fact, according to the market research group, Mintel, 22 percent of Americans buy themselves gifts during the winter holidays. This year, you can do the same for Valentine’s Day.
Treat yourself to a Mindful gift this year, like an inspirational book or a cozy robe. You could also go the more traditional route and buy a bouquet of flowers and a box of your favorite chocolates. Or you can gift yourself with a new outfit.
Have you had your eye on a certain piece of jewelry? But it for yourself! You deserve it.