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

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

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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