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Healthy Ways to Show Yourself And Others Love on Valentine's Day

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays.

Save your excuses of "it's manufactured to make money" and "it's only fun if you're not single."

I don't want that energy.

This blog post is all about throwing out the idea that you have to be sad when you're single on Valentine's Day or that it's a random day made up to get you to buy chocolate.

If the world is handing out an excuse for people to give you nice things on a random day of the week, run with it.

Not away from it.

Plus, this narrative that Valentine's Day is about getting gifts from significant others is boring. I'm over that (I've always disliked this narrative TBH) because Valentine's Day should be about LOVE, period!

Of course, relationships are fantastic and they should be celebrated.

I'll I'm saying is that showing yourself and other people you care about who aren't necessarily bae is a major act of putting good vibes into the universe.

The same thing day to day can be a little bit bleak, so use V-day as a nice reminder to do some things that make hearts smile just a little bit wider.

9 ideas for showing love on valentine's day

9 Quick & Easy Ways To Show Love On Valentine's Day

Here I've collected 9 super easy and healthy activities that you can do for yourself or for others on Valentine's Day that don't involve spending hundreds of dollars or take up a ton of time.

Bring some brightness and relaxation to your day and those around you with these quick and easy ideas.

And these are by no means limited to just Valentine's Day my friend. Whenever you need a little TLC, head to this list.

They don't take long, but they do go a long way. So grab some candy, throw on some pink, and feel the love!

1) Love Yourself: Epsom Salt Bath

self love idea epsom salt bath

One of my favorite methods of training recovery, the Epsom salt bath doubles as a "me-time" relaxation method that is just perfect for Valentine's Week.

It feels nice to be in a calming bath and it also has great benefits like helping with soothing muscles and relaxing the body. I always feel a little fresher after!

I use Dr. Teal's, which comes in many different scents so it's always possible to find one that you love.

My personal favorites?

  • The Lavender scented Foaming Bath.

  • Eucalyptus & Spearmint salts

  • Wellness Therapy with rosemary and mint salts

I definitely recommend the foaming bath for a lovely bubble bath experience that also relaxes achy, sore muscles.

The Dr. Teal's pure Epsom salts are great too. Scoop about 2 cups of the salt into the running bath water while you wait for it to fill and you're good to soak for 10-20 minutes.

2) Have A Latte With A Friend

Holidays are the perfect excuse to treat yourself to that fancy coffee you might not normally indulge in.

Heading to the coffee shop might be a typical occurrence for you, but in the spirit of Valentine's Day, many shops have festive drinks.

I know I can't help myself!

In 2021, coffee dates look a little different. I kept this on the list just in case you can safely have coffee dates with cute Valentine's drinks this year. Some places definitely offer food and drink to go, so this might be a good option and also supports businesses.

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Valentine's Day Rose Latte @ Cafe Georgetown

This absolutely gorgeous pink latte is a Rose Latte, done at Cafe Georgetown in DC. I am just obsessed with their fun, festive drinks! They have amazing latte art year-round. (You know I was there for a pumpkin spice latte in the Fall!)

Better yet, this location is a laptop-free zone and when I had this delicious latte in 2020 I enjoyed it over conversation with one of my very best friends.

It was a much-needed "Galentine's Date," for catching up and not thinking about work.

Also, I learned that you can swallow rose petals and be okay..?

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Beet Latte @ Bluestone Lane

This Beet Latte is done by Bluestone Lane in DC. It's not necessarily Valentine's Day themed, but it is pink and it is a unique, fun drink to try!

It wasn't too sweet, but it was made with almond milk and mocha shavings which paired just so well with the earthy tones of the beets.

3) Write Yourself a Love Letter

write yourself a letter to show love

This sound's cheesy....but I promise it's only a little cheesy.

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about romantic love always; making it about building a relationship with yourself is important too! Good self-relationships help your relationships with others and make you overall happier and healthier.

So in the spirit of Love Day, remind yourself why you matter and focus on the things that make you special. I'm keeping my letter to myself, but here are some tips to get started:

  • What's something you've struggled with lately? Write a list of all the ways you've shown improvement.

  • What's making you happy in life?

  • What are you grateful for?

Once you start, ideas will flow and soon you’ll have a wonderful “love letter” to yourself. Reflection is key!

4) Schedule Calls or FaceTime To Catch Up With People

If quarantine taught me anything, it's that scheduling calls with family and friends is a productive habit.

I often ignore calls when I'm busy or don't even think about scheduling them. I always feel like I'm too busy and I shouldn't take the time out of my day for catch-up calls.

Catching up with friends via Facetime or a call is such a great way to feel the power of love and friendship in your life!

You don't have to schedule 45 calls for Valentine's Day, but make it a priority to schedule a few with friends in the upcoming weeks.

Make a recommitment to prioritizing long distant friendships (or family relationships) this Valentine's Day.

5) Make Homemade Healthy Treats

Let's be honest: the best part about V-Day is actually the sweets!

Only kidding...partially.

Regardless, dig into all the candy your heart desires and maybe try out that new baking recipe from your favorite Instagram Foodie that you've been eyeing.

Loads of sweets can be a blast, but it can also get heavy really quickly around the holidays. Take a break from the candy hearts and cupcakes with some healthier homemade desserts.

There are a ton of recipes for no-bake cookies, protein balls, and simple ingredient bars.

With chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, and other yummy ingredients all rolled up into one you get a delectable treat that feels like a dessert but has less sugar and some added nutritional benefits.

I make some variations of these super customizable protein chia balls several times a month because they make great between-meal snacks and after-dinner sweets.

You can also supercharge some recipes by using Unicorn Superfoods powders, they're packed with good stuff and turn your recipes festive colors. Yes, even pink for V-day!

6) Do A Partner Workout

Finding a fun, creative workout is always a heart-healthy idea.

In honor of the holiday, turn your exercise into a partner workout with your significant other or a close friend! Partner workouts are a fun way to work up a sweat and spend some quality time with someone you care about.

Need some partner workout ideas? Search for great ideas on Instagram or YouTube.

MadFit by Maddie Lymburger has some of my favorite workouts that are easy to follow.

7) Make A Pink Smoothie

make a pink smoothie to show love on valentines day

Get festive with a healthy smoothie!

Treat yourself to something sweet and still get a serving of fruit, protein, and other good stuff.

And of course, you have to make your smoothie pink or red! (Of course)

Easily done with a hearty helping of raspberries or strawberries. Another way to make your smoothie pink is with beet powder!

Beets are full of fiber and vitamin C and are even known for the ability to help oxygen flow through your blood. Great for recovery and great for making you feel good!

Other ways to make your Valentine's Day smoothie a special treat:

  • Top with dark, milk, or white chocolate shavings

  • Add a cherry on top

  • Use blood oranges in the smoothie and as a pretty topper

This is another great opportunity to use Unicorn Superfoods powders, like Pink Pitaya which helps your gut and has a lot of vitamin C. Check out my Unicorn Superfoods review to see how to make that happen.

8) Cook Dinner With Your Roommates/Partners

Cooking with family and friends is truly a great way to bond. Whether you cook all the time or not, there's something therapeutic about creating something with your own hands and working with a team to do it.

Google something you guys have really wanted to try, or make your own night with a build-a-taco or pizza night!

If you're really really not into cooking, Hello Fresh or Blue Apron are services that deliver everything you need to make a meal (including simple step-by-step instructions) right to your door!

If you're a first-time user, they often offer really good deals too.

Grab your pal and get to cooking!

9) Take A Long Walk In Nature With Bae (and your pup!)

After the covid pandemic hit, going on walks was like the new happy hour!

If you haven't picked up the craze yet, Valentine's Day is a great place to start because a long walk with your partner, your friend, or your best furry pal makes for great QT.

Picking new hiking trails has become one of my favorite ways to hang out with my boyfriend and surprise our dog with a new adventure!

Not only is the fresh air and the exercise great, but it also grows an appreciation for nature.

Being in nature helps me slow down and reminds me of the simple things in life. Make Valentine's Day about your love for the planet and the space you exist in—it's worth it!

Show Yourself Love On Valentine's Day & Beyond

Hoping you find healthy and productive ways to share some love for yourself and those around you this Valentine's Day!

Plus, you can make love a habit by using these ideas all year round. You deserve it.

Showing yourself some love allows you to better show up for those around you, for your job, for anything else. Take care of yourself first.

Bringing in someone else to these habits can also help grow some of your relationships and make you feel love in everyday things.

If you liked any of these ideas or have more you think I have to try, let me know in the comments!

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Hi, I'm Madeline

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