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Be Your Own Valentine – Focus on Self Love

Valentine’s Day is approaching and that means those in a relationship are planning an extra-special date night and those who are single are either dreading the holiday or planning a fun night with friends. But the truth is, whether you’re single or in a relationship, you should take this holiday of love to focus on self love. Be your own Valentine!

Be your own Valentine whether you're single or not! Focus on self love.

Be your own Valentine whether you’re single or not! Focus on self love.

You’ve heard of the phrase “Treat yo’ self”, make February’s motto “Love yo ‘self”. What does it mean to “be your own Valentine”? It just means to take care of yourself. Do something special for yourself. And maybe even have a “Treat yo’ self” moment or two.

It’s perfectly fine to go out with friends or have a date night with your partner. But whether it’s before or after Valentine’s Day or sometime on that actual day, you should do something special for yourself. Carve out some “me time”.

Sometimes we get so caught up in doing stuff for other people, we forget to do things for ourselves. We don’t want to seem selfish or we simply don’t have time. But the truth is it’s not selfish and we do have the time. There is value in carving out time to recharge your own batteries, hit reset, and do something restorative for yourself. If you’re single, you may spend all your mental energy in the process of trying to find someone. And if you’re in a relationship, you may spend all of your mental energy in the process of trying to work on maintaining a positive, healthy relationship. But when do you truly focus on you? You have to make yourself a priority. Find time for self love.

10 Great ways to practice self-care:

  1. Treat yourself to something you’ve really wanted (guilt-free!)
  2. Do yoga (Try Adriene’s “Love Yo’ Self” playlist!)
  3. Go to the movies by yourself
  4. Go to dinner by yourself
  5. Take a relaxing bubble bath
  6. Buy yourself fresh flowers
  7. Get a massage
  8. Go for a hike or long walk
  9. Make a list of all the things you like about yourself
  10. Repeat this mantra: “I am enough. I have enough. I do enough.”

Tara Carr is striving to live a totally healthy life -- mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. Between home, work and social events, she finds release and comfort in writing. Brunch, sushi, and yoga keep her going, while her writing keeps her growing.

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