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Devoting a day specifically to spread love may seem a bit ridiculous. Shouldn’t we be spreading love every day? Well, sometimes we get wrapped up in the hustle of our daily lives and we forget about what’s truly important in life. Spending time with those we love and showing ourselves some self-love is vital for our happiness, and Valentine’s Day provides us with a day to focus on doing so.
Valentine’s Day has been known as a day to celebrate love and romantic relationships. For those who aren’t in relationships, it may be seen as depressing or a day to sit at home, watch movies, and eat junk food alone. As for most things in life, your perspective can affect your entire outlook on life. If you are single, instead of viewing Valentine’s Day as a day to be upset about your lack of a significant other, view it as a day to focus on yourself and flood your heart with self-love. Spend time with friends and family, or take the day to treat yourself.
If you really think about it, how can we love others if we don’t love ourselves? Before you are able to really love someone else, you should wholeheartedly embrace and appreciate your own self physically, mentally, and emotionally. Loving yourself means you understand your worth and are not going to settle for someone that fails to do the same.
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— F R I D A (@frridda) February 5, 2019
“Although I am in a relationship, I don’t think Valentines Day should only be about couples. Not only do people in couples have love for each other, but they also have love for their family, friends, and themselves. On Friday night, I’m spending time with my boyfriend along with making a nice dinner for my mom to express my love and appreciation for her,” said Madeleine Testaverde (‘20).
How to show yourself some love this Valentines Day:
Celebrate Yourself. We often forget to highlight what we love about ourselves. For many, this is hard to do. Taking a moment to acknowledge attributes you cherish can do wonders for your mental health. Sit down and write a list of what you admire about yourself or even film your insecurities in a beautiful way.
Treat Yourself. Use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to indulge in your favorite sweet or buy something you’ve always wanted. It’s important to spoil yourself every once in a while.
Visualize a Nice Day. Have a positive attitude about the day, even if you’re upset about not having a significant other. Be grateful for the love and support you receive from friends and family. Strive to have a calm, easygoing day and avoid any stressful situtations.
“I’m looking forward to Valentine’s Day. I will be spending the day getting my nails done and doing face masks with my friends! Self-love is just as important, said Nicole Stephan” (’20).
This Valentine's, maybe you'll get gifts, maybe you won't
Maybe someone will show you love, maybe no one will
But don't forget that the most important person you need to love you is you
Love yourself, spoil yourself. You're valuable.#ValentinesDay #selflove #love
— DebyO (@Ash_DebyO) February 13, 2019
Take a bath, make a craft, bake something, spend time with family, or invite friends over for a movie night. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that will bring you joy and remind yourself how much you have to be grateful for.
“I think spending time with those you love on Valentine’s Day is a great way to show them how much you appreciate them. Personally, I will be spending time with my family, which pretty much always puts me in a good mood,” said Sophia Arnold (’20).