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Jan 12, 2024 4 min read By: Polly Clover

Valentine's Day Self-Care Ideas for Loving Yourself

Show yourself love this Valentine’s Day, and treat yourself like you would any special person in your life. In this article, we’re sharing Valentine’s Day self-care ideas, including getting cozy to watch a rom-com or enjoying an at-home spa day.

Why Practice Self-Care on Valentine’s Day 

Whether you have a significant other or not, practicing Valentine’s Day self-care lets you appreciate and care for yourself. Valentine’s Day is a day for love, and the best way to love others is to take care of ourselves.

75% of Americans believe self-care relieves stress, and 71% say it improves happiness. What better way to show yourself love than doing something that makes you feel good? 

10 Ways to Love Yourself for Valentine’s Day

Many of us know how to show love to friends, family, and partners. But how can you love yourself? Consider Valentine’s Day activities that make you feel happy and taken care of.

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Here are some of the best Valentine’s Day self-care ideas:

  • Make yourself a fun drink
  • Make a list of positive affirmations
  • Enjoy a skincare routine
  • Read a good book
  • Create an at-home spa day
  • Do a new activity
  • Spend time with loved ones
  • Write yourself a love letter
  • Watch a cheesy rom-com
  • Give yourself a gift

1. Make yourself a fun drink

Hydration is an easy way to show yourself some love, but make it fun for Valentine’s Day. Make a fun cocktail or mocktail, or keep it simple with rosé or champagne. Keep your drink chilled in a stylish stainless steel tumbler.

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2. Make a list of positive affirmations

It’s like those Valentine's heart candies but better! If you’re feeling low this Valentine’s Day or simply need a mood boost, make a list of positive affirmations. 

Positive affirmations help you build yourself up, according to Psychologist Lauren Alexander, PhD. Alexander says to avoid toxic positivity and effectively practice positive affirmations by using ones that apply to your current situation. For example, if you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone, say, “Being alone lets me do activities I enjoy.”  

3. Enjoy a skincare routine

Take time this Valentine’s Day to love your skin with a skincare routine. This can be as simple as showering with a deep-cleansing body wash or a routine for face and skincare with your favorite facial products, a rejuvenating showering, and lathering up with a revitalizing body lotion.

4. Read a good book

If you enjoy reading, schedule a Valentine’s date with yourself to cuddle up with a good book. Not only can reading be enjoyable, but it’s an effective self-care practice because it offers many wellness benefits, including stress relief and better sleep.

5. Create an at-home spa day

Enjoy multiple Valentine’s Day self-care ideas in one activity – an at-home spa day. Use this time for skincare, reading, and enjoying a delicious drink. Your spa day can also be a simple yet therapeutic warm bath

An at-home spa day is the perfect way to love yourself because it lets you spend quality time alone, unwind, and take care of yourself. Your spa day can be whatever you want it to be.

Here are some of our favorite beer-infused items for a rejuvenating at-home spa day:

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6. Do a new activity

If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day self-care ideas, this is the perfect opportunity to try something new. New activities and experiences help you avoid boredom, grow, and enjoy life, says Alex Lickerman, M.D. 

This can be something simple like visiting a new park or coffee shop or planning a trip somewhere you’ve never been. 

7. Spend time with loved ones

If you don’t have a significant other to spend Valentine’s Day with and want to spend time with people you love, make plans with friends or family. Don’t let not having a partner stop you from surrounding yourself with people you enjoy being with. 

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to make plans with your favorite people, especially those who may not have anyone else to spend the day with.

9. Write yourself a love letter

Who says you have to be in a relationship to write a love letter? Whether you’re single or not, writing a love letter to yourself is a fun way to show yourself the appreciation you deserve. As cheesy as it might feel, it’s sure to make you smile.

Write a love letter to yourself as you are today, to yourself as a child, or to your future self. This lets you deepen your self-love, reflect, and cultivate gratitude.

9. Watch a cheesy rom-com

Watching a rom-com is a classic Valentine’s Day activity, and for great reason. There isn’t much better than gathering your favorite snacks, getting cozy, and watching a cheesy rom-com.

Take it old school with Sixteen Candles, or try a new romedy comedy movie, like The Perfect Find.

10. Give yourself a gift

If presents are your love language, treat yourself with a gift. Gifts can be the perfect way to show yourself some love, whether it’s something you’ve been wanting while waiting for the right moment or something unique for a fun treat, like a self-care gift basket.

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Valentine’s Day Self-Care: Conclusion

We hope this article inspired you to create a special Valentine’s Day experience for yourself. Whether you spend a whole day showing yourself love or do a quick activity that brings you joy, everyone deserves to feel special on Valentine’s Day.

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