How to survive Valentine’s day (whether you’re single, dating or coupled)

Time to pull up your socks in the love department. Here are some thoughtful ways you can have a grand time on this day, no matter your relationship status.

For The Singles

1) Write A Love Letter To Yourself

Sit down and take the time to write a really charming love letter to yourself.

Write it in the finest ink. Remind yourself why you’re amazing and so very loved.

A love letter written to self is particularly vibe lifting. It shifts you from a mindset of self-pity to one of empowerment quickly.

Spray some scent into it and you have old school romance right at your doorstep. Read it over and over again during the day and enjoy the special feelings it evokes.

2) Give Yourself That Gift

Remember that silver pendant you kept staring at Tiffany & Co but didn’t buy, or that weekend away you wanted but kept postponing?

What better day than Valentine’s day to gift yourself what you wish for.

3) Make Time For Self Pampering

Got some busy weeks at work behind you and haven’t been able to give your body the care it needs? Valentine’s day is the perfect opportunity to put yourself back in the priority list of your life.

Enjoy a warm lavender bath with candles, drink a glass of wine or just sleep longer and have breakfast in bed. Go for whatever feels good without guilt.

4) Get Out Of The House

There’s nothing like getting out of the house on Valentine’s day and being presented with a rose or invited to a meal by a stranger. Yes, it’s the day when Cupid is mysteriously at work and those things often happen.

Regardless, you get to get dressed up and enjoy a piece of cake or a meal in your favourite restaurant, or a cocktail and a giggle with your single pals.

For The Love Birds

1) Spend Quality Time Together

Everyday life is busy. Work, bosses, children, do take a toll on the romantic time we spend with our partners.

Set out two hours for a magical date and then just be with them. It doesn’t matter what you do – take a walk in the park, go for a movie or enjoy a candlelight dinner at home.

What is important is that your partner feels important and feels your full presence with them.

2) Go Device-less

We spend so much time on our phones and laptops, we could as well be married to them. One of the biggest gifts you can gift your beloved this Valentine’s day is so your full attention. Switch off the mobile phone, lock away the computer in your desk.

3) Talk To Each Other

This might seem mundane at first but to truly connect and enjoy intimacy in our relationships, we need to constantly communicate. Valentine’s day can be a great day to rekindle that love you share with your better half by resolving any misunderstandings from the past and apologising if need be.

Try to be a good listener to your partner, give them the gift of your understanding and see if you can make it up to them.

4) Say The Magic Words

“I love you, you are important to me, you’re the best thing that happened to me.”

Use this opportunity to openly and directly express your love to your partner. Yes, they probably already know, especially if you’ve been together for a long time, but believe me when I say, it’s good to say it again.

While technically we should be celebrating love every day, Valentine’s day is a great day to make up for any laziness in that department.

Remember, whether single or married, it’s about your thoughtfulness towards yourself and your partner that counts, not the monetary value of the presence or dates.

Enjoy loving you and celebrating your loved one on this special day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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