Valentine’s Day is one of the most loved and hated days of the year. As someone who sells makeup, this year, I opted not to make and advertise baskets containing the prettiest red lipsticks ever as initially planned. Not because I’m a Debbie Downer or didn’t want to make sales. I just decided to focus on something more instead–me.
I find that a few of my family members and friends are downright depressed because they don’t have anyone “special” to share Valentine’s Day with. Either they just haven’t found that person, or they are dealing with a break-up. Some are in relationships but still feel alone.
We must realize that this one single day is not the validator of love and affection. We should acknowledge love every day. Also, it’s not conducive to our journey to happiness when we place that responsibility with another person. If you look in the mirror, you’ll see someone special staring right back. That sweetheart is the keyholder to what you feel and how you feel it.
Self-love and self-care are critical components of our well-being. How many days have you decided to forgo a much-needed massage because the kids had a last-minute activity to attend? Or when was it last you actually took the time to assess what was missing in your life that could help make you a happier person?
If you’re feeling a little down this week, make a decision to repurpose Valentine’s Day. Do something that will make you feel loved–all by yourself!
Ideas For Showing Yourself Some Love on Valentine’s Day♥
Unplug From Social Media
Every social media platform will be saturated with pictures of flowers, candy, and loooong public love notes typed to significant others. Just turn it off. If you are already feeling some type of way about Cupid’s holiday, trolling Facebook isn’t going to make you feel any better.
Start Planning A Future Trip
Think of a place you’d like to go soon and take this day to plan it. Grab a glass of your favorite beverage and invade the search engines for destinations that you’ve always dreamed of going to but never had the chance. I don’t know about you, but trip planning always puts me in a good mood.
Indulge In A Spa Night
Do you have a few body parts that could use a little extra attention? Give yourself a facial and take a nice warm bath. Trim your cuticles and paint your nails with a favorite color. Do something to make yourself look and feel beautiful.
Write A Love Letter To Yourself
Words of affirmation are powerful expressions we all need to recite to ourselves daily. If you haven’t been doing this, use V-day to start it off. Write down all the things you love about being you as well as actions you can take to become a better person, as self-love is also about self-improvement.
Try A New Recipe
Do you like to cook? Perfect! Find a recipe that will challenge you. A dish that you’ve never thought of making before. The thing about challenges is it not only shows us our strengths but also ways in which we can improve.
Research Ways To Increase Your Bank Account
If you are not where you would like to be financially, look for ways to fix your situation. It may be cutting back, or you may decide to diversify ways in which you bring in money, such as investing in multiple streams of income. Self-care includes living a life without lack.
There are many ways to celebrate yourself this Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year. If you’ve been struggling to make your needs a priority, let today be the day you begin to handle yourself with beauty and grace.
All the best, always.