Whether you’re a lovebird or a lone wolf, throw a little love your way this Valentine’s Day.
We can all nod in agreement that balancing work and personal life turns squeezing in self-care days into a playful challenge, especially when we’re spinning plates with family, friends, and maybe a special someone. But reflecting on our New Year’s resolutions, weren’t we all manifesting more self-love in 2024?
That said, celebrate the most important relationship of all this Valentine’s Day—the one you have with yourself. When we’re all in desperate need of a heart-to-heart with our bodies, minds, and souls, it’s time to schedule some well-deserved me-time. Whether you’re riding solo, love-struck, or caught in a situationship, treat yourself to these solo dates. After all, who needs Cupid’s arrow when you’ve got self-love on your side?
Attend a Crafts Class
Whether you choose the tactile experience of pottery or the expressive strokes of painting, a crafts class serves as a space where you can let loose—embracing mistakes as stepping stones—and revel in the beauty of imperfection. In the end, it’s more than just a finished product; it’s a therapeutic journey marked by mindfulness and self-expression. Remember: the masterpiece is in the mess.
Catching Flights, Not Feelings
Remember Donna’s line from Mamma Mia? Life is short, the world is wide. This weekend, maybe you can choose a destination that has been calling out to your wanderlust and create memories on your terms. Imagine all the waterfalls you can chase or the cultures you’ll learn about.
Cooking Class for One
Take a solo cooking class and treat yourself to a culinary masterpiece. If your diet has been dominated by fast food and coffee for the past month, it’s the perfect time to break the cycle. Learn to whip up a dish you’ve always wanted to try, whether it’s a comforting pasta, a no-strict-diet dessert, or a spicy salsa. Don’t forget, the secret sauce is always love.
Declutter and Donate
Spend a day decluttering your living space and let your once-loved books, clothing, and extra essentials find their forever homes. It’s not just about tossing things into boxes; you’ll also make a positive impact on others in need.
Go Get a Tattoo
If you’re reading this, take it as a sign and get that tattoo. In the era of embracing self-love, feel free to tell your story through tiny phrases or symbols. It could be all about your past, representing empowerment, resilience, or a little reminder of all the things that make you gloriously “you.” So, roll up your sleeves because this is your chance to wear your heart on your sleeve—literally!
If you’re manifesting more self-love this year, take your self care a step further with a day dedicated to a full-blown session. Whether it’s an at-home spa, a relaxing bubble bath, or finally taking that everything shower, prioritize yourself and indulge in activities that will leave you feeling recharged, refreshed, and ready to take on the week after Valentine’s.
Nothing beats the thrill of dollying up with a full face of makeup and heading out for a photoshoot. But hey, ever considered hitting up those self-shoot studios? Not only do you get that pro feel, but you’re also guaranteed Insta-worthy shots.
And since we’re all about solo dates, forget the camera shyness—there are no photographers in sight. It’s all you, your fabulous self, and a camera ready to capture your best angles!
Get ready to pamper yourself with a shopping spree that feels like a warm hug for your soul. Whether it’s a comfy sweater, a stack of page-turners, or even that gadget you’ve been eyeing forever, let your desires guide the way—because yes, you deserve things that will light you up inside.
Sundays at a Flea Market
Explore the culture and communal atmosphere of flea markets on a leisurely Sunday afternoon. From street food to secondhand goods, roam through eclectic stalls, where each nook is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.
Work at a Corner Cafe
Stuck with a mountain of work? No worries – there’s still a way to inject some spirit into your day. Transform your mundane routine by setting up your laptop at a corner cafe, and dive into your deadlines while savoring the rich aroma of your favorite blended beverage. Immerse yourself in the cafe’s ambiance, where the hum of conversation and the gentle clinking of cups create a pocket of peace outside the office.
ATTEND A CONCERT
Who says concerts and shows are only for couples and groups? Don’t let the fact that you have no one to join you stop you from seeing your faves live. This may be one of the few times where you can see your favorite artists up close at a concert, so why let other people ruin the fun? Whether it be a stadium show or an intimate cafe performance, few things beat the magic of a good night surrounded by good music.
Speaking of good music, VIVA will be hosting their ILYSM Valentine harana concert featuring top artists like Arthur Nery, Adie, Rob Deniel, Alamat, and more on February 13 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. No need to bring your special someone to enjoy these lovely tunes.