Often Valentine's Day is a day where you see huge displays of love and romance plastered all over social media. Balloons, chocolates, flowers, expensive holidays, fancy restaurants are the norm, but it isn't always to everyone's taste. If you prefer a more low-key Valentine's, you might consider making it more of a self care day to relax and refresh your soul on the day of love.
And this doesn't have to be for single people either! Whether you're spending Valentine's day alone or with someone special, there's no reason why you can't incorporate some of these self care ideas into your day.
1. Plan an elaborate dinner
Even though dinner is the last part of the day, dinner on Valentine's is the most important element of making it a special occasion. It's usually something really elaborate, so if you're planning on making a nice meal for yourself, it's worth thinking about it ahead of time.
You may want to start thinking about how to prep for your meal, and also what set up you'll have when you're eating. Will you be watching a film? Reading? Or eating with someone special? Eating a home-cooked meal gives you more flexibility. It definitely beats getting shoved into a tiny table in a popular restaurant to eat a limited menu for only 50 minutes!
2. Reach out to friends and loved ones
Just because you may not have a significant other on Valentine's day, that doesn't mean you should spend the day alone. You can meet up with a friend for lunch, or take your mum out for a spa day.
If you can't meet someone in person, it might be worth setting up a long call 'meeting' with a friend you've been meaning to catch up with. Especially if that friend may not be having a crazily romantic Valentine's because they're single or they have young children and are just staying at home. The love in our friendships is just as important as the love in our romantic lives!
3. Read a romantic book
It's important to set the mood when it comes to love, especially when it comes to self love! Reading a traditionally romantic book (I'm personally a big fan of Pride and Prejudice), listening to classic love songs while tidying or exercising are great ways to become introspective on Valentine's day. Even watching a Rom-com can get you set yourself up for the right mood.
4. Book a lunch out
Dinners on Valentine's are often booked out months in advance, but there are usually plenty of space open for lunches, especially for single people. In fact, many restaurants have special deals on for singles, so make sure you check out what's available in your local area. Take a book with you, and try and stay off of social media and reconnect with yourself. You can also incorporate a long walk to give you some time to reflect, turn your brain off, and de-stress.
5. Treat yourself to a gift
Whether you have a significant other or you're celebrating as a singleton, there's no reason why you can't buy yourself a little something to facilitate your self care day. For example, if you're a tea lover, you may enjoy one of the teas on our website, which are great for natural self-care lovers!
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