It’s the season of love! Traditionally, I’ve never really enjoyed Valentine’s Day, but I’m trying to embrace it a little more this year. Single, in a relationship, it’s complicated? Who cares. I say, treat yourself. I embrace this mantra more than my bank account probably likes, but life is short and money won’t follow you into the afterlife. (But for real, I’m very financially responsible, I promise. I budget.) I feel like Valentine’s Day gets a lot of hate — it’s a made up holiday, we should show love every day, blah blah blah. No matter how much people complain about it, it’s not going away. So, I’ve decided to enjoy it. Here are 10 ways you can treat yourself on Valentine’s Day. Let’s get started!
1. Buy yourself your favorite chocolate, flowers, dinner, etc.
You do not need someone to treat you to the finer things in life when you can treat your own damn self. Chocolate tastes just as good whether a cute boy/girl bought it for or whether you bought it for yourself, I promise. Better yet, hit those February 15th Valentine’s Day chocolate sales, you know they are calling your name.
2. Curl up with a good book.
I fully believe that there is no better way to spend a night than deep in the pages of a novel. And, let’s face it, boys/girls in books are better than boys/girls in real life.
3. Watch your favorite TV show or a movie you’ve been meaning to watch.
I love consuming media. I think it boils down to me wanting to know as much information as possible at all times, but it’s a real passion for me. Reading, listening to podcasts, watching TV shows — it all brings me such joy, especially when I can recommend things to friends. I don’t get to do it a lot though because I work about 50 hours a week, and I’m also creating content constantly, so scheduling out a night to just consume media is pure bliss for me.
4. Plan a night out with friends.
Hit the town! Or grab dinner, whatever is more your speed. Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, which is the perfect day for a happy hour. And if you’re single, you never know who you’ll meet!
5. Take a bubble bath.
I’m not a huge fan of bubble baths (or bath bombs since I guess those are the new cool things), but every once in a while I get a craving to soak in the tub. Throw some epsom salts in there, grab a book or pop in some headphones to listen to a podcast, and you are good to go.
6. KonMari your room.
Marie Kondo this. Marie Kondo that. Well, I’m sorry if you’re over the hype, but I’m not. I think we should be constantly cleaning up our space and getting rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” I throw away at least two items every weekend when I’m doing my tidying up, so why not make a night of organizing your living space?
7. Go on a shopping spree.
Like I said, treat yo’self.
8. Book a fun trip to look forward to.
This is one of my favorite things to do at the beginning of the year. I love traveling, specifically because I have friends all over, so going to see them is one of my favorite ways to get away from Nashville for a weekend. If you’re feeling down, and you can afford to take a little weekend getaway, I recommend planning something out. Figure out your budget, settle on a location, decide what the purpose of the trip is, pick some fun restaurants and day-time activities, etc. This will help you get ultra-excited for the fun event ahead especially if you’re feeling down on Valentine’s Day.
9. Get your sweat on.
Maybe your crushing your New Year’s resolution of hitting the gym every day and maybe your not, either way, your body will thank you for the sweat session. Make it 30 minutes to an hour, throw in some cardio and some weights, add a little stretching, and you will be feeling like a million bucks.
10. Go to bed early.
My favorite nights are the nights I’m in bed by 9 p.m. Maybe that makes me a grandma, but I’m the happiest grandma I’ve ever met. There’s nothing better than getting 8-9 hours of shut eye.
How are you planning to spend Valentine’s day? Let me know in the comments below.