When we think of February, Valentine’s Day typically stands out. If we’re in a loving, intimate relationship, it can be a wonderfully romantic special occasion; but for those of us who do not have a partner, it can sometimes be fraught with feelings of loneliness; a reminder of what we feel we are “lacking” in life.
But really, why should Valentine’s Day be limited to romantic partners? And why should a celebration of love be limited to only one day? Why not use the whole darn month of February to celebrate any form of love you experience in life, whether it’s between friends, family members (pets included) and also, the ways in which we show affection and kindness to ourselves (aka self-love).
So, whether you’re into Valentine’s, Galentine’s, Palentine’s or Singles Awareness Day, the point is to focus on what and who you do have to love, rather than on something or someone that might not currently be in your life.
Here are a few simple ideas for celebrating all your LOVES this month:
- Deliver a bouquet of your best friend’s favorite flower to her home, with a handwritten note describing what you most appreciate about your friendship.
- Instead of heading to a restaurant, schedule a Netflix Party (now called Teleparty) with a group of friends; you can watch together and chat at the same time, all from the comfort of your own homes. Don’t forget to order in pizza.
- Book a date night with yourself – whether it’s reserving a table for uno at that restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, staying in to cook a delicious meal, watching a favorite movie, or just a quiet night of reading and relaxing, learn to pamper yourself just the way you would someone else that you love.
- Offer to help a loved one with an afternoon of chores or errands you know they struggle with doing for themselves.
- Send someone special a batch of homemade cookies or, if you’re not a baker, find a company that will do it for you such as Tiff’s Treats. Who doesn’t like warm cookies?
Happy Month of Love from Insights!