If you’re like me who doesn’t mind spending time at home, you probably have lots of ideas to celebrate Valentine’s day with yourself!
However, as humans, we crave connection and belongingness. It’s okay if you feel lonely or bored being with yourself this quarantined V-day, I got you!
If you would Google “how to date yourself on valentine’s day”, you’ll probably see tons of results and ideas like go to spa, go on a shopping trip, buy yourself a flower, etc.
But what if we just want to have fun in the comfort of our home, and of course, celebrate Valentine’s day without spending!
Looking for that? Well, lucky for you because I’m here to give you ideas on how to date yourself without spending even a single penny!
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I know. You’ve been spending time on your own since we’re stuck in quarantine for while now. But, I want you to be intentional this time and just enjoy being with yourself.
Take this time to slow down, calm down, and breathe.
Set goals and have the objective in mind that this day: you will focus on yourself.
Not for others. Not for your Facebook friends to like and share, and not for your Instagram followers to see. It must be for you.
Valentine’s day is not always for couples. It can also be for you to appreciate moments with yourself.
That’s how you can celebrate and date yourself this Valentine’s day.
Once you learned how to be intentional, you’re ready to enjoy these fun ideas I got for you! Let’s get it started!
How to Date Yourself on Valentine's Day
in 5 Ways
Here are the fun and free ways to have quality time with yourself this Valentine’s day:
1. Write a gratitude letter.
The first one that I suggest for you to do this Valentine’s day is really no-nonsense stuff, just… express gratitude.
If you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of gratitude journaling. It’s not just because appreciating things in our life is, I could say, a must, but it also has great impacts on your mental health and your brain.
One surprising study I read about gratitude showed how this works to improve our mental health.
Researchers discovered that the study participants who wrote gratitude letters had significantly better mental health after 12 weeks of their writing exercise.
They literally conducted an fMRI scanning to the participants who had undergone the gratitude writing exercise and to those who did not, as well.
The result had shown greater activation in the medial prefrontal cortex when the person experienced gratitude.
That said, gratitude really has a significant impact on our brain that will improve our mental health.
This is the reason why I highly recommend you to start writing a gratitude letter this Valentine’s Day (or whenever you want to) as a date with yourself.
You can write for yourself or for someone you love and send it to them, but you can also just keep it. According to the said study, gratitude helps even if you don’t share it.
Clearly, what’s important is the experience.
However, keep in mind that gratitude’s benefits take time. You may want to do it regularly for your improvement.
So, pull out a piece of paper or grab your journal and get started this Valentine’s day!
2. Reread your books (or read all your unread books!)
My second suggestion to celebrate Valentine’s day without spending might not apply to everyone. But, seriously, if you’re a bookworm, this is a great time to be on your bed all day and read books!
Shout out to book lovers who’ve been buying books online but never had time to read them. (Count me in!)
If you don’t have books to read, but you love the idea of reading books on Valentine’s day, it’s okay!
You can always buy ebooks or physical books in bookstores, just follow the rules and regulations to prevent spreading COVID. Because, you know, we also want safe and COVID-free Valentine’s day.
3. Make a Homemade Facial Mask
Skincare is also an act of self-love and that’s why making homemade facial masks is a lovely idea to do this Valentine’s day!
If you’ve been applying face masks regularly as your skincare routine, you know how amazing it is to our skin.
Of course, you can always buy your favorite facial masks, or go to a local spa, but why not try to make and apply a homemade mask this time?
It’s easy, and you don’t have to spend money. That’s what we’re talking about!
Oatmeal facial mask is my favorite homemade face mask. It’s so easy to make, and it exfoliates your skin, removes excess oil and helps treat acne!
Here’s a recipe of homemade oatmeal facial mask:
- ½ cup of hot water
- ⅓ cup oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 egg white
Mix it all together. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, maybe watch Netflix or read a book, relax and then rinse with warm water.
There you go! You just treat your skin with a gentle and non-toxic face mask. Plus, you have your quality time with yourself!
4. Journal about your ideal day
This one’s not only for Valentine’s day. Journaling is always there for you, Valentine’s Day or not!
If you haven’t started yet, or you’re an avid journaler, this is the day to explore more about journaling!
Write what is your perfect day or what your celebration of Valentine’s day would be like?
What is one word that will describe your day? Or write about your intention for the whole day!
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5. Create a vision board
My last suggestion is the most fun way to spend Valentine’s Day with yourself, and one of my favorite things to do; creating a vision board!
Have you created a vision board at the beginning of the new year? Well, I did it! But if you didn’t yet, then this is the perfect time to do it!
In case you don’t know, a vision board or dream board is a collection of images and affirmations of your dreams and desires.
It serves as your inspiration and motivation and as humans, we are drawn by visuals. We are more likely to strive if we visualize our dreams. So if you have big dreams that you really want to pursue, let’s create a vision board for that!
5 Simple Steps to Create a Vision Board using Canva
Now, let’s create a vision board using my favorite tool Canva! Here’s the step-by-step guide:
STEP #1: Choose photos for your vision board
In choosing the photos for your vision board, you must first know what you desire.
What do you want to accomplish this year, next year or even the next 5 years?
Think about your academic life, business, relationships, and health.
Also, ask yourself: What kind of life I want to live?
You may want to list down first your goals before finding photos that will fit for it.
STEP #2: Go to Canva
Login to your Canva account. If you don’t have an account yet, go ahead and sign up here for FREE! You can also access Canva through a mobile app.
Click Create a Design and choose US Letter Document.
STEP#3: Choose your Grid
Now, on the left sidebar click “Elements” and then search for “grid“.
There, you can choose from lots of different templates that you can use to place your photos.
STEP#4: Add your photos
Once you pick the grid that you want, it’s time to add your photos.
Go to “Uploads” and click the “Upload Media“.
After uploading, you can now add the photos and place it where you want in the grid!
You can also adjust the spacing of the grid. Just click the “Spacing” on the top bar.
STEP #5: Save your Vision Board
After putting all the photos, you now have your vision board!
Make sure to put it in a place where you can always see it. You can print it out, frame it, display it on your desk or hang it on your wall!
There you have it! You just got your vision board and celebrated Valentine’s day without spending! This might be the best Valentine’s date with yourself!
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Final Thoughts About "Dating Yourself"
Spending time with yourself can be a little bit scary, lonely, and boring. I knew it because I’ve been terrified of being alone with myself. But now, I cherish it because that’s the only moment to assess myself, my emotions, and feelings.
If you’re afraid to be alone, it’s okay. Breathe deep and take courage. I promise you, it’s going to be worth it.
I hope these tips and ideas on celebrating Valentine’s day will help you be comfortable with yourself and get to know yourself even more.
You don’t have to spend money going to a luxurious spa or a trip anywhere. These ideas proved that you can definitely celebrate Valentine’s day without spending and even on your own!
I am a content writer and the creator of Cresetella. I’m here to help you start your self-discovery journey and be fearlessly authentic.