Whether you’re consciously coupled or steadfastly single, Valentine’s Day (or Anna Howard Shaw Day, if you prefer) is a great time to show yourself some love. Here are some great suggestions from the Aunt-bassadors on easy ways to celebrate your S.S. (Significant Self). Whether you get a massage like Melissa, turn your room into a special space like Meghan or do a fun twist on Secret Santa like Rebecca, tomorrow is a great day to be your own Valentine.
Flowers! I keep fresh flowers in the house all the time. Whole Foods has beautiful flowers that don’t break the bank!
I’m kind of obsessed with those sheet facemasks. They make me feel pampered without the mess of a regular goopy facemask, which we all know can be a huuuuuge mess.
Massages. They feel so decadent. I never regret spending money on a good massage.
Make your room pretty! Light some nice candles, put up some fairy lights, put a vase of flowers on your bedside table, and just enjoy the environment so you can sit wrapped up in blankets watching Netflix.
My boyfriend and I are pretty sappy and romantic year round, but the on the 14th, we celebrate the love we have for our friends but hosting a little get-together. This year, I might even break out the fondu pot.
The first Valentine’s Day after I got divorced, my brother, who is a Catholic priest, sent an humongous bouquet of flowers to my office with a card wishing me a “Happy Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day,” who share this feast day with St. Valentine. I can’t tell you how much he cheered me up! So now, every year on Feb. 14, I silently wish myself a Happy Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day and remember what a light that day was during a really, really dark time.
I spend some time curled up with a good book. Me time shouldn’t be a luxury and self care shouldn’t be a radical political act, but it is. In a society that doesn’t want women to be strong, smart, and healthy, things that allow us to do that are the best forms of loving ourselves. My preferred thing is reading a good book and shutting out the rest of the world for hours on end, though self love can take many forms.
Quiet time with a good book or an old classic movie (Anything with Cary Grant in it!) And chocolate.
I love treating myself to meal out! Just me, myself and I! And a good book. And good cocktail.
My mom always sent me Valentine’s cards, even though valentine’s is one week after my birthday. So whether or not I was in a relationship I always got a card full of love. A few years I would do this with my friends too. Instead of Secret Santa we would do Secret Valentines. It was always fun. But as far as what I do for myself, I always like flowers and I like to arrange them myself.
What about you? How do you show yourself some love on Valentine’s Day?