Valentine’s Day: Not Just For Romance but Also for Self-Love

March 09, 2021


Valentine S Day Not Just For Romance But Also For Self Love Min

Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers and an opportunity for couples to go the extra mile with grand gestures of love. [1]

 

If you happen to be single, there is nothing to worry, let alone feel sad about. As the love month, February should be a month dedicated to celebrating all kinds of love, whether romantic, familial, platonic, and most importantly, self-love. [1]

 

“Self-love” is frequently mentioned on social media and often has a selfish connotation.

Going beyond solo spa dates and cheat days, self-love should be about honoring your body, mind, and spirit every single day. [1]

 

While it might be tough to look beyond the season’s romantic atmosphere, some experts would advise spending more time with close friends or family members to avoid negative feelings since being around people you love and love you back helps to reaffirm one’s worth to others. [1]

 

To help you make the most of your Self-Love Day, below are easy tips on how to enjoy it without a significant other:

 

Write yourself a love note

The only love you need is the love you give yourself. Documenting all the things you love about yourself helps to increase your self-esteem and self-worth. [2]


Try meditating There’s a different kind of vulnerability when you spend time completely by yourself – just you, your thoughts, and the quiet. It can be intimidating at first, but there’s beauty in becoming acquainted with your voice and true feelings. [2]


Treat yourself There's nothing more relaxing than taking some time off for yourself. Schedule a spa day, get a new hair color or do whatever makes you look and feel your best. [3] 


Send yourself flowers People love connecting with nature as a way to feel grounded and present. Make it a point to decorate your space with one or two bouquets of your favorite flowers. [4]


Surround yourself with people that lift you up Your self-love practice is reflected in the people you decide to surround yourself with. Spend time with those who inspire and elevate you, and put time and energy into mutually beneficial relationships. [4]


Set boundaries Self-love is valuing your time, energy, and how much of yourself you are giving to others. Set boundaries that prioritize your own wellness. By adding parameters to your time and energy, you are more likely to be more valuable to those that you want to support. [5]

 

Laugh with yourself

The ability to have a sense of humor about our actions, our mistakes, and our quirks is another form of expressing self-acceptance. Try laughing with yourself about something that typically makes you feel inadequate. [5]

 

Self-love isn’t something that you wake up with one morning. It’s something that you have to cultivate and that you have to defend when it gets challenged. Self-love is acceptance of your failings and flaws, taking care of your health, while you embrace your talents and beauty.

 

As we celebrate the love month, do not get caught up in all the things that might send us into a pit of existential dread. Always remember that you are loved and that you can and should be loved by you! Until then, keep loving those you can. And that includes yourself.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.gonzagabulletin.com/arts_and_entertainment/me-before-you-how-to-celebrate-self-love-this-valentines-day/article_1bae87d8-4c2f-11ea-86d1-e7486ff734f7.html
  2. https://www.elitedaily.com/p/how-to-practice-self-love-on-valentines-day-according-to-experts-8081153
  3. https://www.more.com/lifestyle/exercise-health/how-practice-self-love-valentines-day-and-every-damn-day/
  4. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/02/14/self-love-valentines-day_a_23360689/
  5. https://advice.theshineapp.com/articles/3-ways-to-fall-in-love-with-yourself-on-valentines-day/