In case you forgot, it’s Valentine’s Day this week. Here are 3 ways to have the best day ever!
- Invest time, not money.
Valentine’s Day is yet another commercialised day in the year where companies profit from ‘tradition’ but it’s never a bad thing to remind the people close to you how much you love them. You don’t need to break the bank to do this – just spending time with the ones you love without distractions or limitations is enough. Go outside, stay inside, bake a cake, go for a bike ride, complete a jigsaw. Whatever you do, leave your phones out of sight and out of reach. Catch up with an old friend. Ask questions you’ve always wanted answered. Get to know each other on a more personal level. Be there in the present moment for each other.
- Don’t wallow in self-pity.
If you’re single and feeling bitter about Valentine’s Day, put on your positive pants and remember that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to only be about romantic partners. You have lots of people in your life who love you and appreciate you. When was the last time you called your Nan? How long has it been since your friendship group got together? Remind the important people in your life how much they mean to you through small, meaningful gestures. Take the time to make someone a coffee and ask them how they’re doing. Write them a letter detailing all the things you love and appreciate about them. Keep yourself busy and stay away from rom-coms.
- Love yourself.
Valentine’s Day can be as much about your relationship with yourself as it is about relationships with others. Do something to show yourself you care. Re-engage with your own interests and channel into how you are feeling right now. What do you need? What is important to you right now? Establish a strong connection with your own mind and body through ways that are useful to you. For some, it is meditation and movement, such as yoga. Others find making notes useful or taking a bath. Whatever works for you, set aside some time and do it.
Your turn to get involved:
Do you have any other suggests of how to enjoy Valentine’s Day without contributing to commercialism?
Do you enjoy the commercial aspect?
Let me know in the comments below!
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Thanks for reading!