Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers. Personally, whether I am single or in a relationship, I like to do something special for myself on this day each year. No one says you can’t buy yourself a nice card, write a little note of self-love in it, and indulge in a sweet treat by yourself on this day (or any day for that matter). I’ve got ten ideas on how you can show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day. Let’s get started!
one | buy yourself the flowers
Because why the heck not? Pop into Trader Joe’s and make a cheap bundle, or treat yourself to a special bouquet at a local flower shop. Who decided you needed a man to get something beautiful?
two | indulge in something sweet
I recommend a slice of red velvet cake or a box of fancy chocolates to stay with the spirit of the holiday. Want to take it up a notch? Bake some sweet treats for yourself and deliver a gift to your Galentines.
three | plan a night of self-care
Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year which makes it perfect for a whole night of hair masks, serums, detoxing, and more. Whatever makes you feel like your best self, practice that this year to show yourself some love.
four | spend some extra time in the shower
I take relatively quick showers (about 5 minutes), but when I feel like I need some extra love, there is nothing better than standing in the shower a little longer than normal. Maybe take an epsom salt bath if that’s your thing, but the point is just to indulge in something a little longer than you normally would.
five | pop in your favorite rom-com
Unless it’s going to make you unusually sad to watch a movie about love, watch a rom-com! Anything with Matthew McConaughey is sure to make you laugh. I would like to recommend How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 10 Things I Hate About You, or To All the Boys I Loved Before.
six | cuddle an animal
If you don’t have your own pet, borrow a friend’s or make do with a stuffed animal. Hugging anything close always makes me feel safe.
seven | read a good book
You know this is always a tip from me. Whether it’s romantic or not, holidays are a perfect excuse to deviate from your norm and dedicate a whole day or afternoon to something you love, like reading.
eight | cook yourself a nice meal
Cook yourself something you wouldn’t normally take the time to cook. It’s just as important to treat yourself like a prize as it is to treat your significant other as such. If you don’t think you’re worth it, how will anyone else? (And you are worth it!)
nine | get outside
If you live somewhere where it’s not that cold, get outside! Take yourself to a picnic in the park or go on a day hike you’ve never been on before. Get your body outside to soak up some Vitamin D, and you won’t even remember it’s Valentine’s Day.
ten | treat yo’self
No one else is responsible for your happiness. Only you are. You want a new necklace (and you can afford it)? Treat yo’self. You want to eat a cupcake? Treat yo’self. You want to go out to dinner (or pick up a nice meal to eat at home)? Treat. Yo. Self. You don’t need anyone to do any of these things — so go out and enjoy!