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Valentine’s Day is soon! Let’s be honest, you’re either so excited and have special things planned or you’re totally dreading this holiday. For years, I totally hated Valentine’s Day. If you’re single, it’s almost as if social media and local stores are rubbing it in your face and it’s not a good feeling. Trust me, I get it.
I want you to remember though, Valentine’s Day isn’t specifically only for relationships. It’s a day of love and affection, yes. Although, if you don’t have a significant other, why not celebrate you and your relationship with yourself?
Self-love is so important. It’s perfectly okay to be your own Valentine!
Ready to plan a perfect day dedicated to you?
Buy Yourself Flowers & Chocolates
Have you walked into a store recently, seen the cute Valentine’s day display with the flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears then got really sad? Maybe you had the thought, “Nobody will be handing those to me this year.” That’s where you’re wrong, my friend.
Buy yourself the flowers and chocolates. Heck, buy yourself the teddy bear too! No judgment here. I actually did this last year, wrote myself a little note, and something about it was kind of empowering!
Treat Yourself To A Salon Visit
Maybe you’re not one to regularly visit the salon, but you should allow yourself to get pampered every once in a while!
It can be as simple as getting a manicure, a massage, or changing up your hair. If you’re really feeling like it, do all of the above! There’s no better feeling than walking out of the salon as a brand-new you.
If you don’t feel like leaving the house but still want to give yourself a manicure, I highly recommend Revel Nails! They have an affordable dip powder system that gives you an acrylic finish and lasts for weeks! You can get 10% off your first order by clicking here.
Write A List Of Positive Affirmations
Unfortunately, a lot of us often get really down on Valentine’s Day and our thoughts might not be very nice. We need to remember that our worth is not defined by relationship status. Again, the one relationship that matters the most is the one with ourselves.
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Here are a few self-love affirmations you can practice:
- Today, I choose me
- I am grateful for everything that I have
- I radiate love and happiness
- My feelings are valid
- I have the power to change my life
- I’m a diamond that’s ready to shine
Get All Dressed Up – For You!
It’s important to feel good about ourselves and sometimes we just need to get all dressed up. So go ahead and pick out a super cute outfit.
Next, take some time on your makeup – be sure to include a bold red lip (I’m loving Rare Beauty’s Lip Souffle in Inspire!)
Once you are done giving yourself a makeover, take some cute Instagram pictures and show the world your confidence!
Order Food & Find A Good Movie
If you don’t feel like cooking a meal, go ahead and order in!
This is your day after all. Sit down with your food, relax, and find a good movie to watch on Netflix.
Take A Bubble Bath
Personally, I am such a bath girl. It’s so relaxing to run some bubble bath under running water, throw in a bath bomb, then just relax for however long you like.
I’m intentionally not going to put a time limit because I love long baths! For a dedicated self-care night, I also love lighting candles.
Perfect Bubble Bath Checklist:
Pamper Your Skin
After a bath, I love taking the extra time to give my skin some TLC. Here are some of my favorite skincare products for a pampering night!
- Moisturize your body from head to toe (Hempz Coconut & Watermelon is *chefs kiss*)
- Steam your face (this facial steamer is heavenly!)
- Do a face mask
Spend Time With Friends
I know that sometimes Valentine’s Day can feel lonely. But it doesn’t have to be! If you have a good friend or two, make sure to spend time with them. No matter if it’s over the phone, over zoom, or in person.
If you’re making Valentine’s Day a self-love day, that doesn’t mean you have to actually be by yourself. Better yet, participate in these activities with your friends!
Write Yourself A Love Letter
When was the last time you sat down and just wrote yourself a letter? More specifically, a love letter. There’s something so therapeutic about writing down why you love yourself.
Don’t know where to start? It doesn’t have to be complicated!
You can start with, “Dear…”
“Here are all of the reasons that I love you…”
“The qualities that I love most about you are…”
“I cannot wait to accomplish the following goals with you…”
This is a personal activity and it’s meant for only your eyes and heart. Hopefully, you’ll realize a lot about yourself by doing this and discover more self-love!
Create A Vision Board
If you’re someone who has lots of goals and dreams that you want to make come true, making a vision board is going to help you a lot! It’s one thing knowing what your dreams are but if you’re not looking at them every day, making a plan and staying focused can be overwhelming.
I plan on making a lengthy and more detailed post on vision boards in a future post but here’s what you’re going to do in simple steps:
- Write a list of your dreams/goals
- Go through magazines and any items that relate to those goals
- Cut out the images and place them onto cardboard
- Get creative with it!
If you get stuck, go to Pinterest and search “vision boards” because there are lots of ideas on there that will surely get you inspired!
Let’s get our self-love on!
After reading this post, I’m hoping that you’re not dreading Valentine’s Day quite as much now. Maybe you’re even more excited!
Remember that it’s just a day of love and that doesn’t mean you need to have a significant other. You just need to focus on your relationship with yourself.
Let me know if you’re going to be doing any of these self-love activities this Valentine’s Day!
Amanda Burnett is a 25-year-old content creator. Growing up with a disability, she wanted to prove to herself that she was capable of accomplishing her dream life. Today she is helping her audience realize their potential as well! Her goal is to motivate as many people as she can through her lifestyle, beauty, and self-improvement content.