At its simplest, Valentine’s Day is about love. Whether you're planning a romantic evening with your boo or a Galentine’s night out with your girlfriends, make sure to give yourself some self love! More than just a bubble bath and face mask, self love is about taking the time to feel healthy, grounded, and fabulous. Here are our top tips for enjoying self love Valentine’s Day style this February.
Look Your Best
Boosting your confidence is the ultimate goal of self love. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to something on your wish list or rock your favorite clothes. Looking your best goes hand-in-hand with feeling like a million bucks, so here are some of our favorite instant mood-boosters:
Rainbow Geo Sarong
There’s nothing like a splash of color to set the tone for a fun and flirty Valentine’s Day! This Rainbow Geo Sarong is a versatile piece that will elevate any outfit from beachside to date night.
If the weather allows it, wrap this colorful piece as a chic halter dress and pair it with some strappy wedges. Or, if you live somewhere less tropical, bring the vacay vibes by wearing this sarong as a bright, playful scarf. However you rock this feel-good print, you’re guaranteed to have a great Valentine’s Day.
White Floral Maxi Caftan
A guaranteed way to feel confident is to feel comfortable. This White Floral Maxi Caftan dress is flowy, flattering, and a fail-safe wardrobe staple. Wear it shopping by pairing it with cool trainers and a cross-body bag, or dress it up for a Valentine’s date with chunky heels and hoops.
To really embrace the Valentine’s vibes, try adding a splash of passionate red with lipstick or a clutch bag. The black-and-white floral print has its own pops of color, making it easy to style and accessorize your way.
Working out is a great habit for both your physical and mental health. Physical activity boosts feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine, making it an important part of self love. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to take a little extra time to do your favorite type of exercise.
And no, you don’t have to battle through an hour of running if that’s not your thing! Book a pilates class, take your dog for a walk, or set out on a hiking adventure. However you move your body on Valentine’s Day, know that it’s a self-care win.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Now that you’ve taken the time to look after your physical health, it’s important to think about your mental health next. Meditation and mindfulness are practices that can help improve your quality of life by reducing stress, increasing confidence, and helping you feel grounded in your own life and identity.
Just as taking a deep breath is a simple and effective form of self love, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take a moment of pause for yourself. Try listening to a guided meditation or a journaling session. By focusing on the concept of self love, you can embody this Valentine’s Day and take that love through the rest of the year with you.
This may be a tricky one, but we promise the positive effects will be worth it. We all know that too much time on our phones is bad for us, so consciously trying to limit screen time can be considered a form of self love. Valentine’s Day is a great time to replace that scrolling with something fun that you’ve been wanting to do.
Even if you can’t peel your eyes away from Instagram for the whole day, consider taking time to try a new hobby such as pottery, cook a recipe you've saved, or take yourself on a day trip adventure. Time away from screens is proven to boost your mood, open up the opportunity for social connection, and even improve your physical health. That sounds like a great form of self-care this Valentine’s Day!
Color therapy is an alternative therapy that is based on the understanding that different colors can affect our mood, energy, and general demeanor. Either by surrounding yourself with a certain color or wearing it, color therapy can help support stress management and mood regulation. Sounds like a worthwhile practice to support self-care!
Valentine's Day is a great time to try color therapy. Red, of course, is the color that comes to mind and can help to energize, invigorate, and empassion. You’ll love catching sight of yourself in the mirror wearing a vibrant red outfit or accent piece! Green, on the other hand, is the color of nature that can relieve stress and help relax you this Valentine’s Day. Yellow can help boost optimism, while blue can help relieve feelings of depression or pain. However you choose to incorporate color into your Valentine’s Day, do so with the intention of supporting your innermost self.
Get Ready to Enjoy Your Self Love: Valentine’s Day Edition Experience
The term “self love” is often thrown around to refer to anything mildly self-indulgent, but at Sara Joy, we believe that true self love helps you become the best, most grounded version of yourself. This Valentine’s Day, take the time to truly go inward and support your physical and mental health through self love.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to try that new workout, write down your intentions in a journal, or treat yourself to that mood-boosting outfit. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, take this as a sign to practice creative forms of self-care this Valentine's Day.