In my humble opinion, February 15th is one of the best days of the year. Why, you ask? For starters, Valentines chocolate and flowers are now heavily discounted in the supermarkets (treat yo'self) and the swarm of 'the boy did good' Instagram stories have expired. Of course, Valentine's Day is just one big marketing ploy, because who needs a day to remind them that they need to show love to the people that they care about? Thanks to Leslie Knope, February 13th has been crowned Galentine's Day (the day to celebrate your best girlfriends), so I'm making February 15th BYOV (Be Your Own Valentine) Day.
The only BYOV Day requirement? To simply show yourself some love. We're so actively encouraged to show love to everyone else, but why not ourselves? Even more so when oftentimes its ourselves that we're the hardest on. So, in honour of BYOV Day, here are some things that you can do:
Do something for you. Find that you're aching for a night off in front of the TV, or really miss that lovely walk along the canal? Even if you just think Put some hours aside this evening and do it.
Go all out. Literally make it your day. Take yourself out on a date, if you've got the financial means to, get a mani-pedi or whatever else you might want. If you're staying put for the night and don't have much time, even having a peruse and doing some online shopping is a perfect chance for a to-me-from-me gift.
Take to your journal. Write down every single thing you love about yourself. If you struggle to write things down that you love, think about the things that your inner circle - your family, your friends, your partner - love about you. It's all about looking into yourself and taking the time to connect.
Absolutely nothing. No need to make a big song and a dance over it, if you don't want to. Just remember that it's your day to do what you want that, in some way, shows yourself some love.
So if you think that you're not quite giving yourself enough love, make this your official non-official annual holiday to check in, show yourself some care and compassion, and be your own Valentine.