It’s February! Everywhere you look is probably boasting pink, chocolates, flowers, and love. Valentine’s Day does not necessarily have to be a celebration of love with a significant other; it can also be a day to appreciate yourself because you deserve it.
Here are 10 surefire ways to show yourself appreciation this Valentine’s Day
1. Send Yourself Flowers
You’re probably thinking, “Why the heck would I do that?!” Stop thinking altogether. Flowers are nice, and you deserve them.
2. Try Something New
Is there something you’ve been wanting to do for awhile, but have been hesitant about it? I urge you to try something out for yourself and take this as an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and create new experiences. Although it may be a challenge at first, trust me, it will be personally rewarding.
3. Buy Yourself Something Pretty
Dressing up isn't just to look good for others, it can help you feel beautiful and confidant as well! Buy something you like, and allow yourself to simply feel beautiful!
4. Write a Love Letter -- To Yourself
There may be days you’re feeling down or not at your best. Write a letter to yourself about everything you love about you, physically and internally. Save it in a special place so that when you need a pick-me-up, you can remind yourself that you are beautiful, inside and out.
5. Stay In With a Bottle of Wine and Begin the Movie Marathon
Nothing beats watching endless movies at home with nobody to judge your ugly crying. Ugly cry all you want, girl!
6. Go Ahead, Buy That One Thing You've Been Eyeing
Now, I’m not saying go crazy with the "add to cart". Let’s be real, we can’t go on crazy shopping sprees without maxing our credit cards and dealing with the stress later. But, feel free to purchase that one thing you’ve been wanting for a while. Studies show that a little retail therapy can improve your mood. Just as your S.O. would buy you a gift this Valentine’s Day, you can also get yourself a little something special!
7. Send a Valentine's Day Card to Someone Who'd Least Expect It
Maybe you haven’t seen or spoken to a friend in a while. There could be a sibling or a grandparent that might need a little extra love in their life. Taking the time to send a card and let them know you’re thinking of them might end up making it their best Valentine’s Day ever.
8. Do Something You Enjoy, Because You Want To
Having to go to work and face the reality of adulthood can be stressful. There is nothing like doing something you love that will increase your sense of well-being. Lounging at home and watching Netflix is fun too, but sometimes turning off the screen and getting up to do something you enjoy can really benefit your mental health.
9. Take Yourself Out to a Fancy Dinner
What’s better than being served by a nice waiter at an upscale restaurant, and nobody there to judge how you eat? Get a couple of drinks in while you’re at it!
10. Have a Dance Party
Turn on your favorite tunes, break out that bottle of wine you’ve had stashed in the cupboard for the last three years, and shake, shake, shake that booty!