With everything that’s going on in the world right now, it’s never been more important to show yourself some love and what better time to do so than Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re lucky enough to be with a partner this year or lockdown has stopped you from finding the one, check out these five top tips for making sure self-love is in the air...
1. Self-love Affirmations
One of the best ways to show yourself some love is to practice affirmations to remind yourself how wonderful you are. It can be easy for negative thoughts to build up and overwhelm you so become your own cheerleader this Valentine’s Day and big yourself up. Grab a notepad and write down three reasons why you’re proud of yourself. Then repeat them out loud over and over again.
2. Stay Connected
No one wants to feel alone on Valentine’s Day but unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic has left many people isolated across the world. If you’re going to be on your own or you know someone that is, make sure you make contact with a friend or loved one. A 10-15 minute chat on Zoom, Facetime or over the phone can completely transform your day, helping you to feel connected and loved.
3. Get Creative
Getting your creative juices flowing is a great way to take your mind away from your anxious thoughts and helps you to focus on the positive things in your life. Share the love this Valentine’s Day by sketching a happy memory, writing a poem or making a cake! If you have a partner, ditch the shop-bought card and make them one instead - if you don’t, make yourself a card!
4. Don’t Forget to Breathe
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the thought of spending Valentine’s Day alone or you’re just not feeling quite right at the moment, take some time out of your day to find your centre with breathwork. Try sitting somewhere quiet and comfortable where you won’t be interrupted and inhale slowly through your nose for five seconds before exhaling slowly through your mouth for five seconds - if your mind wanders, focus on the sounds and sensations of air entering and exiting your lungs.
5. Find Reasons to be Cheerful
Despite the default times we’re living in, and the fact that we have to spend Valentine’s Day in lockdown, there’s always something to be grateful for. Whether it’s a cup of tea or a phone call with a friend, try to shift your mentality and give thanks for the small things whenever you can. Gratitude can be a powerful self-care tool and helps to boost your mood, reduce negative emotions and aggression, enhance empathy, help you sleep better and improve your self-esteem - plenty of reasons to be positive!
Show yourself the love
Whilst we hope these tips will help you on your way to a more mindful Valentine’s Day, it’s important to remember that having a perfect relationship with yourself doesn’t happen overnight. Some days self-love can be difficult and you may feel like you don’t have the time or energy but it’s important to be patient with yourself - take small steps and learn to put yourself first wherever you can!