5 Ways to Indulge in Self-Care this Valentine’s Day
When we think about Valentine’s Day, we often associate it with showering our loved ones with affection and gifts. However, regardless of whether you are in a relationship or not, it should be a priority to indulge yourself in a little self-care and self-love, too! Valentine’s Day 2022 should not be the only day this year (or any year) that you practice self-love. It should be practiced regularly. By taking the time to spoil yourself with quality ‘me’ time like meditating, pampering, and indulging in your favorite treat, you allow precious time to recharge and ground yourself, which is important as we so often get caught up with the chaos and excitement around us.
There are many things to do on Valentine’s Day (or Vday weekend) that can rejuvenate and fill you with peacefulness, setting yourself up for a blissful day and a positive week ahead. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing Valentine’s Day ideas and self-love tips to help remind yourself to nurture your own needs.
It seems like such a simple thing to do, yet so many of us deny ourselves even the shortest amount of time to center and calm ourselves by meditating. If you haven’t meditated before, start with a five or 10-minute meditation. Focus on your breathing and how your body feels, allowing thoughts to pass by as quickly as they came. If you find your mind wandering, a guided meditation with Jess might do the trick! You need to practice meditating to get better at it, just like any other skill. Meditating is an important self-love ritual to rejuvenate and bring clarity and calmness to your body and mind. You’ll understand its importance after giving it a few tries. This Valentine’s Day, try a morning meditating and focus on what you are grateful for, as well as acknowledging the things that make you unique and proud of the person you are today.
Journal or Write Yourself a Love Letter
You might be familiar with journaling, but it might seem slightly out of your comfort zone to write yourself a love letter. However, it isn’t strange or selfish to recognize the things you love about yourself the same way you recognize those qualities in others. If you don’t know what to write, try starting by writing a list of 30 things that make you interesting. Or write a timeline of achievements. Writing these kinds of notes will be nice to reflect on in times of self-doubt – a very special gift you can give to yourself this Valentine’s Day.
Move and Stretch Your Body
Get those endorphins going and give yourself 30 minutes to an hour of physical activity. It doesn’t have to be a high-intensity workout, whatever makes your body feel good. A yoga or Pilates session is great for stretching and lengthening your body, which can leave you feeling super relaxed. Checkout Yoga with Liz this Saturday or Stretch & Sculpt with Jamie this Sunday- two awesome options! If you want to take it up a notch, try a quick 30-minute HIIT workout or maybe give the 12.3.30 Challenge on the treadmill a whirl! Incorporating movement and stretching into the morning of Valentine’s Day is a sure way to start the day feeling revitalized and high-spirited, setting the tone for the rest of the day.
When do you find yourself most relaxed? A pamper session can leave you feeling spoilt with serenity. Your Valentine’s Day pampering session could include anything from a good massage to buying new skin products. Maybe slap on a skin pumping sheet mask or get your glow on with some self-tanner! Another pamper idea is to make a warm bubble bath with your favorite scented candles burning. Both of these self-love ideas let you rest and relax for a moment, so have a soothing music playlist ready to unwind your mind while treating yourself to a stress-busting hour of power.
Allow Time for a Hobby
We get so caught up in work and routine that we often forget to make time for our hobbies. Enjoying learning and returning to hobbies helps us to feel like our creative and curious selves. Perhaps you dabble in painting or drawing, enjoy cooking, playing the piano, or reading a good book. Allocate time not only on Valentine’s Day but regularly to engage in these activities consistently. They’re hobbies for a reason – you enjoy them, so this act of self-love is essential!
The Final Scoop
Now that you have some ideas for self-love, you can make it a priority this Valentine’s Day to treat yourself to whatever it is that makes you feel good! When you spend the day looking after yourself, you will realize just how important it is to carve time out regularly to ensure your wellbeing. When you feel good, you radiate your positive energy out towards others. Essentially, you’re giving yourself and everyone else the gift of good vibes this Valentine’s Day! Happy self-loving!