Be Your Own Valentine, by Gretchen J. Penner, ASW
Valentines Day is looming and for many it is a difficult day; a reminder of the love they are missing. However, Valentines Day can be the perfect day to show yourself love and practice self-compassion. You don’t need an intimate partner to celebrate this day. Make it a point this year to be your own Valentine. Here are a few things you can do:
Give yourself a valentine: get yourself a card and write a love letter to yourself identifying you attributes and values.
Treat yourself: from chocolates to a massage, do something special for yourself that you enjoy.
Send yourself flowers or balloons: you don’t need to wait for someone to get you flowers. Call a florist and send yourself your favorite flowers with a special note, mantra or scripture verse.
Hug Yourself: literally wraps your arms around your body and give yourself a warm loving squeeze. You deserve it.
Make yourself a beautiful dinner, and don’t forget the candles and your favorite dessert. This is your time. Make it special for you.
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