Self-Love on Valentine's Day

Published: February 7, 2019

Valentine’s Day is here. Each year on February 14, couples everywhere exchange cards and flowers. Every corner you turn are signs of gushing love, oversized teddy bears, red roses, and fancy dinner specials. Instead of worrying about having plans, why not make this day about loving yourself? Here are five ways to thrive solo this Valentine’s Day and every other day.

Treat Yourself

Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and love begins with yourself. There’s nothing more relaxing than taking time to care for yourself. Celebrate you with a trip to the spa, a new sweater, a bubble bath, or whatever else makes you feel your best. Doing this now and then will help keep you motivated and enjoying life.

Be Grateful

Everyone has bad days, and everyone feels down – it’s only natural. Our inner voice tends to focus on the negative — whether it's a mistake we made, an opportunity we missed or something we don’t like about our appearance. Do your best to look at the world in a positive light. Finding things to be grateful for can help change your inner dialogue. For example, that mistake you made ended up being a great learning opportunity. Give yourself and those that you love a break. There’s no such thing as perfect.

Nourish Your Body

Treating your body to lots of water, real food and exercise is an important form of self-love. Take a trip to your Boardwalk gym or grab a nutritious meal from that restaurant down the block. A healthy body and mindset can do wonders for your mental well-being. If we don't invest in ourselves, then nobody else will.

Do Something You Enjoy

Who says that you “need” to spend Valentine’s Day with anyone? Practising self-love is an invitation to prioritise your needs. Many people struggle with the idea of taking time to do things just for themselves.  Show yourself some extra self-love by relaxing and doing something with only yourself in mind. This can be as easy as watching an episode of your favourite cheesy TV show, or as adventurous as going on a hike.

Surround Yourself with Positive Energy

As we get older, our group of friends tends to get smaller. It’s important to remember that the energy of the people you choose to surround yourself with is contagious. 

Choose to invest your time with uplifting and supportive people. If you’re feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day, invite your friends and apartment neighbours over for a movie night or potluck.

Valentine’s Day comes just once a year, but self-love should be instilled all year long. After all, a happy life makes for a beautiful you.

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