14 Ways To Love Yourself This Valentine's Day
This V-Day we're committed to helping you love yourself even more! As flowers and chocolates fly off shelves and restaurants and movie theaters fill, we're giving you 14 ways to love yourself through this love-fest of a holiday. Whether you're spooning with bae or snuggling with your besties, we hope February 14th brings you more joy (and chocolate too) than you can handle.
Here are 14 ways to love yourself even more this Valentine’s Day:
1. Stay Calm
It’s so easy to get sucked into what everyone else is doing, but try to keep your cool. Here are some great breathing exercises to start your day off on the right foot.
2. Be Anti-Social Media
Facebook memories and a gazillion romantic Instagram posts can totally make you feel like you’re missing out on something amazing. If social media displays of affection make you mad or sad, a day hiatus might be just what you need.
3. Treat Yourself
Whether it's splurging on a side of guacamole, buying the shoes you’ve been eyeing, or taking the scenic route home—find ways to spoil yourself. You're allowed to be your own Valentine.
4. Host a Galentine's Day
Being a “gal” isn't a qualifying factor for throwing an epic Galentine’s for your closest pal. Grab your faves and spend quality time together. That’s guaranteed to make your day spectacular.
Doing good always does good for the soul. Visit our Take Action Tuesday page for ways to fight for the 19 million women who still lack reasonable access to the full range of birth control methods.
6. Wellness Visit
Schedule a check-up. It might sound strange, but making time to see your provider is a great way to love yourself well. Find out which no co-pay preventative service are covered by your insurance.
7. Write A Note
Not into letter writing? Send a text or a video message. The people in your life will be happy to know you care.
Laughter is the best medicine, right? Love yourself this V-Day and laugh to keep from crying. Check out this month's Not Your Mama's Podcast and see what De'Jonnae, Patia, and VICE Tonic's Wellness Editor are cackling about. Plus, we heard there's talk of toe-sucking.
10. Be Kind
Perform a random act of kindness. Buy Starbucks for the person behind you. Help someone with their bags–these small gestures can matter to a stranger more than you know.
11. Say 'I Love You'
Tell someone you love them. There are actual health benefits to being affectionate with the people in your life.
Remind yourself that you’re the bomb-dot-com (okay, no one says that anymore, but you get the point). Some days we feel confident and other days we find ourselves feeling a little less-than-great. When you do, try to find ways to remind yourself that you are amazing.
Make a playlist and dance like no one is watching. There’s nothing like a lit playlist to help you shift your mood, boost your confidence, and get those shoulders moving.
14. Go to Sleep
Okay, this one might be a given. But this Valentine’s Day and every day, be intentional about getting your beauty sleep. Seven to eight hours of rest is essential for living your best life. Plus, what’s the use in lying awake thinking about tomorrow’s tasks—they’ll be waiting for you when you wake up.