It’s Valentine’s Day…and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by the explosion of poetic cards, heart shaped adverts and red teddy bears!
Like all of the occasions, our greetings card industry tell us we should celebrate, it feels like a good time to take a moment to reflect on what you actually want to do- rather than what consumerism tells you to do.
Of course, celebrating the concept of love isn’t a bad thing at any time, so I’m taking a bit of time out this week to explore alternative Valentine’s Day ideas.
Join me in sharing the love, and share your own tips as well!
Personal Ways to Celebrate Love On Valentine’s Day
Take a moment:
I always like to take a moment out for myself on special occasions. It’s an opportunity to step away from the advertising and remember what it’s really all about.
This week, for example, we’re celebrating love in all forms. Reflecting on this makes me feel lucky to be part of a society where love isn’t as restricted as it is in some other parts of the world, and whether you’re in a relationship or not, sending a wave of love out to those you care for and to the world is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Involve the children:
I feel that an important part of my parenting role is to demonstrate to my children that we don’t need to spend money to celebrate or have fun. Making a batch of heart shaped cookies or painting cards for one another is a lovely way to share the sentiment of the occasion and dilute the messages coming from the high street that it’s all about spending money!
It’s easy to forget that if you don’t value and appreciate yourself, you’ll find it very hard to give to others. Take the opportunity to refill your own cup on occasions like this, and treat yourself to a delicious smoothie, your favorite meal or a walk somewhere beautiful.
Step outside the box:.
Don’t let yourself be dragged into the consumerist hype if it’s really not your sort of thing at all. If you enjoy roses and candlelight, go for it and celebrate with a meal in your favorite restaurant or cook up a storm at home, but if the whole idea leaves you cold, don’t hesitate to change it up and pick something unexpected to do instead.
Make the most of your endorphins:
Whatever the occasion, a good old endorphin boost will get you feeling great. Go for a run on the beach, practice yoga with the children, or dance around the kitchen to your favorite tunes!
Be Your Own Valentine:
Of course, we really ought to remember to treat ourselves well and share our love and positivity with the world every day. In the real world, though, this can be tough, so I like to treat special occasions as a great reminder to reconnect and reconsider my path.
Valentine’s Day is all about love! So whether you’re giving yourself a little more care, demonstrating your appreciation of a partner, or simply putting more love out into the world, it’s a powerful force for change and it’s good to make the most of it!