Valentine’s Day is back for another year, so it’s time to show ourselves some love. So we thought we’d share some self-care activities for Valentine’s Day.
The most important relationship is the one we cultivate with ourselves, so prioritizing self-care helps nurture this. Being kind to ourselves helps to lower anxiety and help decrease stress levels. It also helps us stay attuned to our emotional needs and strengthen our emotional intelligence and empathic skills.
So if you’re feeling like you need a little extra love this Valentine’s or are just craving some good old-fashioned “me time”, our team have pulled together some of our favourite self-care remedies to prioritise on Valentine’s Day.
Do something you love
Engaging in activities that elevate your mood and boost energy can be amazing for your mental health. Scheduling time regularly to do something you genuinely love can see incredible changes.
Whether it’s journaling or going for a run, doing something for yourself even just for a few hours can be a great mood booster.
Overcommitting to things, whether it’s plans with friends or projects at work, can be counterproductive and can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and burnout. Setting limits in both your work and personal life is a great way to practise self-care and make the most of your time.
A good way of practising this is checking in with yourself before committing to anything. Taking time to think about the implications of a plan so you can make sure you take it on to the best of your abilities is an important part of owning your life and taking care of you.
Practising mindfulness and being conscious of the way you talk to yourself is important, especially if you spend a lot of time by yourself. Switching to a gentler tone and evaluating things rationally can help contain your inner critic and suppress negative thoughts.
Show someone else some love
Did you know that kindness is thought to reduce anxiety? It releases serotonin, the ‘feel good’ hormone.
Start with a little act of kindness like complimenting someone, buying a cup of coffee for a friend or if making a big Valentine’s gesture is your thing, treat your loved one a bunch of flowers or set up a special dinner for them.
Studies show that lavender relieves anxiety by affecting the brain through smell and it can also be a great way of encouraging good sleep.
Lighting a candle in the evening, using a sleep spray on your pillow or even adding a few drops of lavender to your water can make you feel relaxed and serene, so is a good one to add to your list of self-care activities for Valentine’s Day.
Plan a fun night with friends
If you’re single or planning to spend Valentine’s solo this year, why not round up your single pals and celebrate the holiday together – kind of like Galentines. Make a dinner reservation for an evening out or have a cosy night in.
Treat yourself to a spa night
Spa treatments can be expensive, and with purse strings tightening, we can indulge ourselves in the spa experience in the comfort of our own homes.
Set up a self-care night by running a bath, popping on your favourite face mask and lighting a lavender candle and relax…