Start a Self-Care & Self-Love Practice This Valentine’s Day

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Whether you are coupled up or not, Valentine’s Day is a great way to show love to those around you, including yourself. Why not use this time to start or re-commit to your self-love and self-care routines?

Self-care and self-love are very different but can be used together to help you become the happiest version of yourself. 

Self-care is described as activities that we do to take care of our mental, physical or emotional needs. Self-love is described as a true love for oneself, without being narcissistic. 
The day of love this February is the perfect day to care and pamper yourself and start a lifelong love with the only person you’ll spend the rest of your life with… you. 

Here are a few ideas to practice self-care this Valentine’s Day:

1.    Give yourself the ultimate, classic self-care evening: a spa night.

Fill a bathtub with Epsom salts or a luxurious bath bomb or bath melt, put on a face mask, wear your most comfortable pajamas or whatever else makes you feel pampered.

2.    Plan an activity that you love and lights you up.

It could be something as simple as drinking tea and drawing or as fancy as heading out for a night on the town, dressed up in your favorite outfit. Decide what you want to do and just do it!

3.    Unplug.

Social media and technology can be great, but it can also be a big source of the comparison game, anxiety, and even depression. Take a break for the evening, especially if you are single and not wanting to see everyone’s mushy posts. It will also help you resist the urge to stalk your ex. 

4.    Start a gratitude journal.

Write down things that you are thankful for and focus on the positives. 

5.    Decide on a new self-care habit.

Remember to make your habit realistic and sustainable, such as eating one more veggie a day, taking time to meditate for five minutes each day or start working on a bigger goal for your well-being, such as quitting smoking or drinking. 

Here are a few ideas to start a self-love practice on Valentine’s Day: 

1.    Start getting to know yourself more.

Take yourself out on a date, try something new to start to discover more of your strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes. 

2.    Write down your values.

Your values help shape who you are and what person you want to become. Take the time to make a list of your values and what those values mean to you in your day to day life. 

3.    Write yourself love notes.

Grab a pack of cute sticky notes and write down things you love about yourself (both physical and emotional qualities), positive affirmations and quotes and notes to boost your self-confidence. Stick them in a jar to pull out one each day or stick them up on your bathroom mirror. 

4.    Say ‘I love you’ to yourself in the mirror. Keep repeating it.

You may need to start doing this every morning. Remember that you will probably resist doing this and think it seems silly, but that is probably when you need it the most. 

5.    Work on a routine that will help you feel your best:

Write down your ideal schedule that will help you feel your healthiest and happiest. Start adding or taking away things slowly from your normal schedule to cultivate new habits. 

6.    Start cutting ties with toxic relationships:  

Toxic relationships can hold you back from loving yourself. If anyone around you has been making you feel bad about yourself on a regular basis, it may be time to unfollow them on social media or stop spending time with them altogether. This is the hardest thing to do, but you can do it! 
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you already have a self-care and/or self-love practice in the works? What would you add to these lists? Share with us!

Written by Lauren Stewart