It’s safe to say that this year, Valentine’s Day may be a little weirder than normal. With everything that’s going on right now, we need to direct some love and care right back at ourselves.
So, whether you’re alone on Valentine’s Day, apart from your loved ones, or just feeling burnt out (we know we are!) This is the perfect time to get devotional to self-love.
How to self-love
It’s not as easy as that though, is it? If you’ve ever taken time to listen to your inner critic, you’ll know that many of us slip into negative self-talk all too easily. The quick test here is to sense-check whether you’d say the things you say to yourself to a friend. Chances are, you wouldn’t!
We are so harsh on ourselves at times, and that can lead to anxiety and low mood for starters. And if only we could flick a switch with this! But the world we live in is full of triggers. We compare ourselves to friends and even to strangers on social media. We berate ourselves for mistakes. We worry about other people’s perceptions of us.
Now, we're not saying we have all the answers here. But know that you are not alone in this. Also remember you can tap into some simple, powerful self-love exercises for a boost. Here are some ways to take back a little of what you lost over the day, or even the past few weeks.
Make Valentine’s a self-care day
Here’s a thought for you. Since we’ve talked about how hard we can be on ourselves, and how frazzled we may feel at the moment, why don’t we turn the rosy glow on ourselves this Valentine’s Day?
This can be as simple as dedicating Valentine’s to yourself, as a self-care day. And how could you do this? We like the idea of little wins. Because the pressure might be on, there could be a temptation to forgo any attempt to look after yourself. So, why not:
Self-care ideas for a pampering session
If you’re already thinking of excuses, stop yourself right now! It may feel too indulgent, or selfish. But without taking time for your mental wellbeing, you won’t be in the position to take care of others. So, it is not selfish. It is necessary and smart. Right!
And if the pandemic means you’re stuck at home for the evening, you can still find some balance. Here are some self-love exercises for you:
Building a self-care routine
While Valentine’s Day gives us a good excuse to turn some love back inwards, it has to be said that these things shouldn’t be a one-day-only thing. Prioritising our self-care and perfecting our ability to self-love can be a continual journey. And if that makes us feel better on the whole, and it gives us more positive energy for our relationships, it’s got to be a no brainer.
So why not start as you mean to go on. Gift yourself a skincare self-care kit and set aside time for a regular pampering session. Extend your evening routine once or twice a week with a face mask and sit back for a few minutes to let it do its thing.
Like anything love-related, sometimes it’s not about the big gestures. It’s the little ones that show you care, and these can make all the difference.