Valentine’s Day comes during the time of year when most people are totally worn out. It’s been cold for months, it’s snowy and cloudy, and you are in serious need of a pick-me-up. Luckily, Valentine’s is the perfect opportunity for you to say “I love you” to the one person who is always there: you!
Although we think of Valentine’s as an exclusively romantic holiday, it’s all about doing nice things for the ones we love. You already do so much for most of the people in your life, but the odds are good you’ve been neglecting yourself. Going out of your way to treat yourself might seem selfish or narcissistic, but here’s the truth: Loving and caring for yourself doesn’t take away from what you do for anyone else. It doesn’t make you vain or self-serving, it simply shows that you value your own happiness. This Valentine’s Day, add yourself to the list of people you’re making time for.
Your Valentine’s Mantra: ‘I Deserve Good Things’
When you spend so much time taking care of other people, it’s easy to lose track of your own needs. This year, however, take some time to reflect on how you want to celebrate you. If it feels strange to think about yourself this way, just think these words: “I deserve good things.” You do, and because you deserve good things, it’s OK to dedicate some of your time to just you. Make a list of all the things you enjoy most, and use that as a jumping-off point for planning how you’ll treat yourself this Valentine’s.
Need some inspiration? Check out these ideas:
5 Quick Ways to Celebrate You
Buy some lingerie for women that makes you feel super sexy. Check yourself out in the mirror, then wear it under your clothes. For at least one day, let how incredibly foxy you are be your little secret.
Get a manicure and pedicure. Turn your cellphone on silent – or off entirely – while you’re at the salon. Enjoy your “me” time.
Splurge on those shoes you’ve been yearning for. Buying online? See if you can order them gift-wrapped. Tear the wrapping open the instant it arrives.
Treat yourself to dinner at your favorite restaurant or get delivery and set the table for a luxurious dinner at home. Follow up the meal with the richest dessert or whatever is your favorite. Forget that calories exist.
Take a warm bath while listening to your favorite music. Light a candle and drop some Epsom salts or a bath melt in the water. Breathe.