Who says Valentine’s Day is only for couples? Valentine’s Day should be about celebrating all kinds of love, and that includes self-love! So this season, ask yourself if you’re as devoted to yourself as you are to the other people in your life. If not, it’s time to turn up the heat on your longest relationship: the one you have with yourself!
Here are a few ways to start practicing self-love this Valentine’s Day (and every day after that!):
1. Be Proud of Today’s You
Self-acceptance and self-improvement aren’t on opposite sides of the spectrum; they’re step one and two of achieving a happier, healthier you. Take a conscious moment to accept who you are today and be proud of the progress you’ve made to be here. Then you can continue on the path to your goals. Celebrate today’s you and look forward to tomorrow’s you!
2. Laugh More
Laughter is the best medicine, especially when you’re laughing with yourself. Approach negativity, whether from yourself or from others, with a sense of humor and a willingness to laugh away insecurities. As you practice this levity more and more, you’ll start seeing yourself and the world more positively.
3. Buy Yourself a Valentine’s Day Gift
It’s important to treat yourself, especially if you’re the type of person who questions whether or not you “deserve” something indulgent. You’re worthy of love, respect and, yes, even a nice gift for just yourself every now and then. So this year, whether you’re single or in a relationship, buy yourself a Valentine’s Day gift, too. That gift can be an experience like going to a concert or staying in on the couch and watching your favorite TV shows, or it can be a physical gift like that luxurious box of Valentine’s Day chocolates you’ve always wanted to receive.
If you’re waiting for permission, this is it! Buy yourself something nice and make this Valentine’s Day all about you!