10 Tips for Self-Care on Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a day people usually love or hate. Sometimes it is called “singles appreciation day (SAD).” It is the holiday with the second most cards given (after Christmas). Sometimes people can feel sad on this day if they are single.

Now, I have been in both a relationship and single on Valentines Day and to be honest, it didn’t feel any different. There seems to be a belief that Valentine’s Day is strictly for couples, but it most definitely is not. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. When I think love, I don’t just think a romantic relationship. I think of pets, friends and family and myself!

Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking care of your mental health? I have a few self-care activities that have helped me in the past that I would like to share. Everyone is different and is going through different experiences, so what works for someone might not work for you, and that is OK!

Here goes:

1. Apply a face mask and listen to some music that puts you in a good mood. You can even make it a home day spa, solo or with others.

2. Go to a place that sells flowers and take a big whiff. You can buy them if you like, but it’s not necessary to get the benefit. I personally recommend Trader Joe’s, they always have good smelling flowers!

3. Practice mindfulness. What I like to do is sit on my front porch, close my eyes and really listen. I like to stop one sense from working so the others are stronger. I plug my nose and listen, then close my eyes and smell, then plug my ears and watch. This is one of my favorite things to do.

4. Lay out in the sun and feel the warmth on your skin.

5. Have a dance party, by yourself or with others.

6. At night, look at the stars and moon. This not only calms me down, but gives me perspective.

7. Sing without shame. Extra props if you use a hairbrush as a microphone.

8. Watch a movie you have been wanting to see, either at home or in a theater.

9. Look for activities in your neighborhood and get out of the house.

10. Go for a bike ride.

But most importantly, remember you are the most important. On an airplane, they always say to put your oxygen mask on before helping others. If you don’t, you will be of no help to anyone, especially yourself.

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