When you think of Valentine’s Day, it can be difficult to imagine celebrating the day of love without sweets and decadence. Whether you are in a relationship or single, it is tempting to put your daily healthy regiment on hold and get caught up in holiday indulgences. This year, choose to stay on a healthy path while still treating yourself and/or your sweetie to splurges that don’t add inches to your waistline.
If anything can compete with the rich decadence of chocolate, it’s a spa day. Enjoy a massage, get a facial, makeover your mane or savor a soothing manicure or pedicure. Treat yourself to one or more of these indulgences, which help to rejuvenate your body and soul.
Spa Day at Home
If paying for spa services isn’t quite in your budget, create your own home spa experience. Enjoy a comforting bath, with Epsom salts and a couple drops of essential oils. Especially soothing oils include rose, lavender and chamomile. Add special touches like low lighting/candles and calming music. Spend the rest of the day giving yourself a hair mask, facial, manicure or pedicure.
Get Out and About
Hit the town solo or with your Valentine to attend a concert, ballet or play, or visit an art museum or gallery. Get creative and think of things you normally don’t do. Make your day out extraordinary by visiting unique, one-of-a-kind places or by exploring a space for the first time.
Take it Easy
Day-to-day life is jam packed with responsibilities and tasks waiting to be crossed off of your list. If your schedule is always on overload, consider spending Valentine’s Day getting in some much needed relaxation. Fill your home with tranquil, soothing or romantic music. Get a cat nap in. Curl up with a good book. Plan a mini movie marathon. Do some yoga. Whatever you decide on, reflect on how you are taking care of yourself by allowing for down time, which is healthy and necessary for overall health.
Buy Yourself Flowers
Treat yourself to a small flower arrangement or two. Adding floral pops of color to your home or work place can boost your mood and can serve as a visual reminder that you are investing some love into yourself.