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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. It’s the day when romance blossoms as Cupid’s bowstrings work overtime. It’s traditionally a day to declare love to significant others. However, it can also be a day when you show yourself some love too. This is especially true for those of you who are single and alone, and without the presence of another to pamper and flatter you.
This Valentine’s Day, here are some of the ways you can show yourself some love.
#1: Buy yourself something nice
You don’t have to spend a fortune on yourself, so don’t assume you need to dig out your credit card. A flower delivery will do, or even a box of chocolates. Or perhaps something from your favourite online store if you still have items sitting in your wishlists. Many of us reward others with gifts both large and small in an effort to make them feel happy, but we deserve to feel happy too. Money can’t always buy us happiness, of course, but if buying something will give you a feeling of joy, do it if you’re able to.
#2: Spend time doing something you love
Schedule in time for yourself, and settle down with something you enjoy doing. You might want to snuggle into your sofa with a good book or you might want to binge-watch your favourite show. Spend the afternoon playing video games if that’s what you’re into, or do something more active if you like to get physical. In short, do whatever makes you feel good, and enjoy personal me-time, focussing on anything that will give you a few hours of pleasure.
#3: List all the things you love about yourself
Sure, this might sound a bit silly, but sometimes we need to be reminded how wonderful we are. So, list all of the things you love about yourself, perhaps with things about your appearance, your talents, your achievements, and your personality. Then read what you have written aloud, and act like you’re saying them to yourself. Especially if you don’t have a significant other to give you compliments on Valentine’s Day, you might enjoy this exercise of self-flattery.
#4: Pamper yourself
Take a long, warm bubble bath, and surround yourself with sweet-smelling candles. Wear your comfiest clothes and snuggle under a blanket. Give yourself a manicure or a pedicure. And pamper yourself in other ways by doing whatever is meaningful to you. Your stress should melt away when you do, and you should feel good about yourself about after your pampering session.
#5: Silence the critical you
We can be our own worst critic sometimes. Rather than rewarding ourselves with words and thoughts that lift ourselves up, we judge ourselves for our flaws and our mistakes. This is something we should try to avoid, as while we aren’t perfect, nothing good comes from dwelling on such negativities. So, as we suggested a moment ago, focus on the things you love about yourself. And while doing so, lay your inner critic to rest. Should any negative thought rear its ugly head, silence it by distracting yourself with something positive. There will be much that is good and wonderful about you, so let these things override your critical opinion.
We hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!