So it seems we are already in February. You have Valentine’s day front and center for the month. Love is in the air and all that jazz. So if we’re all busy focusing on love, why can’t we extend that to ourselves?.
Self love is something I seem to talk about frequently. I know how hard it can be to try and love yourself. So when I say “self love” does it mean you have to love everything?. No, definitely not. I like to think of myself as a work in progress.
No one is perfect, we all have our faults and things we are/should be working on. That’s okay! We’re human, we’re not meant to be perfect.
So why did I choose February to bring this up? Well it is the month of love (or single awareness). Haha.
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Easy February self care/love ideas
Give yourself an at home spa day
So this is a favorite of mine because it’s so easy to tailor it to your own likes and what’s relaxing to you. Case in point: I love a nice warm bath. However my supervisor at work finds taking baths disgusting. To each their own ;-).
So whether you love doing your nails, doing skin treatments (Dermalogica has so really fantastic products, I highly recommend them). Or giving yourself a foot massage, it’s all great.
Read a book you’ve had your eye on
Whether you prefer ebooks, physical books or audiobooks, it’s all counts as reading in my books. So grab a book you’ve had your eye on or reread a favorite (that’s something I’ve done a lot of this year!). If you feel like being “festive” try reading a rom-com as February themed book, or a romance. My favorite is fantasy romance. (I’m obsessed with fae).
Go for a walk or run
It’s a great idea to get that blood pumping and oxygen flowing, just be careful that you don’t slip on ice or snow.
Enjoy some time outside
This could be anything from going for a run, building a snow fort, bird watching or if you live in a warmer climate, the beach.
Watch a romantic comedy (or Zombieland because it’s great!)
Yes, I am obsessed with Zombieland. In my books it’s completely fantastic but then again sarcastic humor is my jam. If you’re looking for something more “romantic” I highly recommend “Ever After” with Drew Barrymore ( it’s from the 90s) and amazing!
Volunteer at a local shelter walking dogs or playing with kitties
I guarantee that the animals and shelter workers/volunteers will enjoy this as much as you will.
Write a list of things you love about yourself or that you are grateful for
Self love and gratitude never go out of style, just saying ;-). It really helps put things into perspective if you choose to do a gratitude list (I highly recommend this, everyone should really do one).
Cook your favorite meal
Whether you just really want a toasted avocado sandwich, a big comforting bowl of chili or something more fancy like a 5 course dining experience. Enjoy whatever your stomach desires.
Go for coffee by yourself or with a friend
It doesn’t have to be coffee, personally I prefer herbal tea or hot chocolate.
Work up a sweat
Perhaps for you that means dancing around your house, going for a run or planking. (My abs hurt just thinking about that). My favorite excercise is yoga, it’s easy on the joints and extremely adaptable to any skill level.
Give yourself some “personal” time in February
(I’m talking masturbation here) lol. Which of course is great all year round, not just the month of “love”.
Write a goals you want to achieve in 5 years, 10 years and 20 years list
This can be a really fun activity. Try seriously considering what you want for your life and also how you plan to get there.
Call and talk to a loved one
This could be a parent, child, sibling or a different type of family such as a close friend or neighbor.
Buy yourself something
This doesn’t have to be something big, it could just be a delicious looking cookie from a new local bakery or a on sale ebook.
Take a class you’ve always wanted to try
Have you been eyeing that pole class? (Okay perhaps that was me), a dance class or maybe a creative writing class. Step outside your comfort zone (scary I know) and give it a try. You may find something you really enjoy.
Treat yourself to a solo date night
Whether you choose to go to a movie, take yourself to dinner or maybe you want to go bird watching, just make sure it’s something you enjoy. My go to was always the hair salon. Haha
Go to a movie alone
For some people this is no big deal, for others it’s incredibly scary. I’m almost 32 and have never done this. Just think, you get to pick whichever seat you like, eat whatever snack(s) you want and go to a movie completely of your choosing! I think I just talked myself into trying this ;-).
Listen to your favorite music
I love Spotify. It has loads of different genres and premade playlists. You also have the ability to create your own playlists with all the songs you love. So whether you’re a rap, pop, bluegrass or opera fan, play what makes you happy.
Sing in the shower
I will be the first to admit that I am extremely tone deaf. I can not hold a tune for beans. Yet I still belt out words I know (or think I know) in the shower, around my apartment and yes… I’m also the obnoxious person singing in the grocery store. * Sorry (not sorry)*
Do some stretching
Stretching is a great way to help take care of your body. It helps with blood flow, oxygenation of blood cells plus being stiff is pretty painful so let’s try and avoid that.
Light your favorite candles
Who doesn’t love a relaxing and gorgeous smelling candle? (willow ridge candles has some really nice ones. It’s a small businesss soy online candle shop run by my friend Elissa).
Have a nap
Sometimes you just need a good nap. Am I right? It can help relax and clear your mind as well as reenergize you. Just make sure you don’t sleep too long or it can mess up your sleep during the night.
Put on a outfit that makes you feel incredible and or sexy
You know that outfit I’m talking about. The one that gives you the extra pep in your step and makes you feel incredibly sexy. That outfit! This is not just for February either, you should be doing this all year long!
There you have it, 23 selfcare ideas that aren’t just great for the month of February but all year round. What are some ways you are practicing self care this month? Do you enjoy any of the ideas listed? Let me know down in the comments below. If you enjoy posts like this don’t forget to subscribe so you can be notified of the latest news and posts.
Till next time,