Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest Hallmark Holidays of the year. I don’t know the stats, but my guess is most of the employees in the card, flower, fancy restaurant and chocolate industry are overbooked and overwhelmed.
I know in the running industry that’s how I feel during marathon and track season
To be honest, Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite Holidays. Not because I expect a plethora of things, or want to participate in the “let’s show off our love via social media contest”.
Valentines Day is a time to celebrate love.
Whether it’s love for….
…a significant other
…your family and friends
and most importantly:
Love for yourself
As a 20 something-year-old, I can tell you I didn’t always love myself. In college, I put a lot more pressure on myself. I wanted to the be absolute best I could be and wouldn’t give myself credit for achieving the small things. I didn’t appreciate things about myself that looking back I wish I would have! Not just in sports but in life as well.
Valentines Day is a beautiful celebration of love. It starts with love and appreciation for yourself.
Here are a few ways to embrace and love yourself:
- Show gratitude for who you are now. As humans, we are always growing and learning more about ourselves. We are striving to do better and to be better. Take time to reflect on where you are now and how far you have come. Never discount the small achievements.
- Do something daily that makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming but do something each day that you know will make you happy. Is that reading a few blogs? Is that painting your fails? Is it running? Make sure to make a little bit of time for just you each day.
- Give yourself a fair chance. If you believe you will fail, you will. Believe in yourself. It’s that simple.
- Distance yourself from things that make you unhappy. That could be things, people or activities but if you are constantly around things that are making you miserable, you cannot love and appreciate yourself.
- Believe in yourself. If there is one thing you can do to love yourself, it’s believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who else will? Confidence is key.
Valentines Day doesn’t have to be a celebration of giving or receiving gifts. It’s a celebration of love whether it is loving yourself, your family and friends or significant other.
We all have someone to love, and it starts with ourselves.
Question for you: How do you love yourself?