I recently saw a study where they asked people if they would be celebrating Valentines Day or Anti-Valentines Day. The response was surprising with 90% of viewers voting Anti-Valentines. Where is the Love Toronto?? I understand, the over priced roses and the tacky paper hearts everywhere can be overwhelming, but this is not what Valentines day was intended to be about. Although it is uncertain why February 14th was named Valentines Day it has certainly turned into an overly commercialized expensive night for the single to feel lonely and the couples to feel pressured to buy the perfect romantic gift for each other.
I’d like to take a step back from all this negative Anti-Valentines and focus on what you want February 14th to mean to you. Although I have a lovely boyfriend who will likely take me for dinner (we like to go out for dinner often anyways) I have chosen to take this week to love myself and all those who I care about around me. I’ve gave Valentines cards to a few of my close friends, I’ve made yummy cookies for some clients, I’ve booked a massage for myself and I’m taking the time to rest and relax!
Here are a few ideas of some ways to enjoy your Valentines weekend!
- Get a massage! Nothing feels better then a relaxing massage to workout the stress in our lives. It’s a great time to pamper yourself while allowing someone else to work out the tension in your muscles and to relax your mind, body and soul.
- Call an old friend. It’s always nice catching with a friend you haven’t seen in a while and often it makes you feel good, knowing you’ve taken the time to reconnect with someone you care about.
- Take a yoga class. This is a great way to feel connected with yourself while working out and stretching out any tension you may have.
- Treat yourself. Buy a new outfit or order in your favorite meal. Treat yourself to something you’ve had your eye on for a while and enjoy it!
Let’s forget about all the regular “must does” about Valentines and learn to appreciate and love your friends and family and most of all, yourself! If all else fails, send me a DM and I'd be happy to send you a free emoji hug!
If your looking for some fun V-day recipes, take a look at my sweet potato brownies as seen above. Instead of using my vegan chocolate frosting, I topped them with raspberries for a punch of red. I also made my chocolate chip cookies into the shape of hearts.
What are you doing for your Valentines Day to make you feel loved?