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V-Day Self-Love

by Amelia Murray-Cooper

photography courtesy of Ember Larregui

Valentine’s Day may be celebrated by couples, but, at its core, it’s a holiday about expressing love. Whether it’s love for a significant other, a family member, a best friend or any other type of relationship, it can be appreciated and shared on Valentine’s Day. One of the most important people to show love for this February is yourself. Regardless of whether you are in a relationship or not, take some time to practice self-love this month with these tips.

Treat Yourself

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day would be incomplete without chocolate. Rather than buying a heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates, try whipping up a mug brownie. It can be made in a microwave, so it’s perfect for college dorm rooms. Plus, it only requires a few simple ingredients.

For a delicious February treat, take a microwavable mug and add two tablespoons of water or milk, two tablespoons of melted butter or oil, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract and a dash of salt, then whisk well. Drop in two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, four tablespoons of sugar and four tablespoons of flour, then whisk well again. Microwave for 60 seconds and enjoy a sweet Valentine’s Day-themed treat.

Spa Session

Relaxing with a facemask is always a good idea. During February, try swapping the store-bought masks for a DIY remedy for some extra self-love.

Subhadha Kartik, a freshman at Rutgers University, likes to incorporate natural ingredients into her facemasks for a refreshing feel.

“I use turmeric, lemon, and yogurt,” said Kartik. However, she said those with sensitive skin should be careful when using yogurt because it can cause breakouts.

Dress to Impress

Instead of getting dolled up to impress a date, try putting some extra effort into your appearance just for yourself. Whether it’s testing out a new shade of bright lipstick or wearing your hair in a different style, switching up even the smallest of details can provide a much-needed change of pace.

Consider making a bold fashion statement with pieces in your own closet or invest in a new purchase to remind yourself just how beautiful you are. You deserve it! While spoiling yourself with a new accessory or piece of clothing can help you feel fresh, spending money is not necessary.

Get Up and Move

One of the best ways to practice self-love is through self-care. Setting aside time during the day for exercise is a perfect way to care for both the body and mind. While relaxing on Valentine’s Day may seem more appealing than working up a sweat, there are plenty of ways to work out that will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. Consider taking a long walk while listening to music, or try out a calming yoga routine to show yourself love this February.

Love Letters

Writing love letters to a significant other is a traditional romantic sign of affection, so why not write one to yourself? This can be as simple as jotting down a few bullet points in the notes section of your phone or as serious as taking the time to journal about all the reasons why you love yourself.

From physical attributes, to senses of style, to character traits, to special talents, everyone has reasons to love and appreciate themselves. Sure, telling other people why you love them on Valentine’s Day is important, but don’t forget to remind yourself how lovable you are as well.

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