It’s the best day of the year!
Yep, that’s right, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate the most important person in your life...you!
We’re being serious, if this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to take more care of ourselves.
It’s not that Valentine’s Day isn’t lovely and all, but it’s easy to get wrapped up validating our existence through the gestures of others. What’s more, practicing self-love will make you a stronger person and therefore more mentally and physically able to love and uplift others.
Our happiness comes from within, so be your own Valentine in 2021 and treat yo self!
Self-love comes in many different forms, which means you may need to experiment a bit to see what’s right for you.
Whether it’s eating a deluxe box of chocolates all to yourself or taking a long hot bubble bath, being your own Valentine means treating yourself - and NOT feeling guilty about it.
When was the last time you really concentrated on yourself without feeling selfish or concerned about something else you should be doing?
Luckily for you, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means you have no reason not to treat yourself. Moreover, practicing self-love is far from greedy. Instead, it is an act of self-preservation and development, allowing you to become a better version of yourself.
So, put your guilty feelings to one side and start practicing self-love this Valentine’s Day!
Believe us, you are worth every second.
Changing your mindset around self-care takes time, but Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to get practicing.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Take the whole day off to pamper yourself.
Manicure your nails and follow that YouTube tutorial to get expressive with your nail art. Slap on a hair mask, slice yourself some cucumbers and spread yourself across the sofa to listen to your favorite podcast.
Homebody was founded by sisters Rebecca Grammer-Ybarra and Christy Grammer, so you’ll be practicing self-love while supporting a black-owned business this Valentine’s Day.
Did you know Rosa Parks used to practice yoga?
This transformational practice helps us to be present and to forget about everyday life.
Consistent yoga practice teaches us to align our movements with our breathing, which is closely linked to the nervous system.
There’s a lot of science behind the benefits of breathing properly. Our day-to-day lives can be quite stressful and many of us don’t breathe in the way we are supposed to. Learning how to control the breath can activate the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which play a big role in our mental state.
Consequently, yoga has demonstrated promising results in the treatment of anxiety and depression.
We LOVE Shona Vertue’s Relaxing Night Time Yoga Session and think it’s the perfect way to be your own Valentine:
Treat yourself by learning how to bake sourdough this Valentine’s Day.
Sourdough bread takes time, mindfulness, and patience, which is a perfect way to practice self-love. It’s also much healthier than other types of bread and feeds your gut microbiome!
Not sure where to start? Here’s a really helpful Guide to Sourdough by BReD, a plant-based bakery in Whistler, Canada.
Dancing on your own is an amazing form of self-love. It helps you to learn how it feels to live inside of your body, teaching you how to express yourself without fear of judgment.
Be your own Valentine by dusting off your best dress, playing your favorite tunes, and dancing the night away!
If you’re not sure how to communicate your feelings through the art of dance, check out this course on Dance as a Form of Self-Love.
Make yourself feel amazing inside and out this Valentine’s Day by cooking yourself the perfect vegan Valentine’s dinner!
Start with rustic French baguette and celeriac truffle soup, dine on a main course of gnocchi with arugula pesto, and sweeten the deal with matcha coconut dessert.
If you’re still feeling hungry, treat yourself to some homemade artisanal nut cheese to go with your favorite tipple.
And remember, you deserve it gorgeous!
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