(This post was originally published on February 7th 2017 and updated on February 6th 2019)
Valentine's day has always been a hit or miss with people. If you're in a relationship, it's traditionally a day when you would show your partner how much you love them, and if you're single, it's a day you wish you could generally ignore. At Olyinka HQ, we didn't want to fall into the pattern of promoting a day that is traditionally meant for couples, but to promote Valentine's day as a day in which we all should celebrate and honour the concept of love and self-love.
To love yourself, to show others you love them, and to celebrate love regardless of your relationship status.
So, to honour this day we've compiled seven ideas for you to enjoy the perfect Valentine's day, whether it be for yourself or with someone. These tips are for everyone who loves celebrating love and self-love and want to make this day a special deal. Enjoy!
1. START YOUR VALENTINE'S DAY WITH POSITIVE SELF AFFIRMATIONS.
This is a must. Positive affirmations will get your body, mind, soul and spirit into a good space and furthermore release positive vibrations and energy inside and around you. Start your day by speaking positive words over yourself, this will form the foundation and intention for your whole day. Check out our Pinterest board for more affirmation inspiration.
2. TREAT YOURSELF TO A GIFT.
Another aspect of self-love we enjoy, is gifting yourself. We can be so preoccupied with life at times that we can forget to reward ourselves with a pat on the back. And this is not just an idea solely for valentine's day, you should be rewarding yourself regularly for every milestone you achieve. The gift doesn't have to be expensive, but for Valentine's day we say treat yourself with something that you will love and appreciate.
3. LET THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM.
This day is about love and the celebration of it, so show your love and appreciation to those in your life who have supported and nurtured you. Go on! Pick up the phone and share the love.
4. LISTEN TO OUR VALENTINE'S PLAYLIST
No love songs here. but empowering, catchy tunes that will make your Valentines fun and uplifting. Download it to your phone and play it throughout the day. We hope you like. Click here for the playlist.
5. TREAT YOURSELF TO YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL.
Whether it's with your partner, friends or by yourself huddled on the sofa watching Netflix - treat yourself to a special meal you will love and enjoy. This is your day so make the most of it.
6. PAMPER YOURSELF
Our favourite thing to do. Get all your favourite potions, lotions and smelly stuff and pamper, pamper pamper! Oh, and if you haven't done this for a while and need some help check out our luxury pampering tips here. You deserve it girl!
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