Valentine’s Day is all about love, and that includes loving yourself!  Regardless of whether you have a candlelit dinner planned for tonight, or not, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the day and do something nice for the most important person in your life: YOU!

If you haven’t heard, self-compassion can lower your chances of depression and anxiety and may even lead to better nutrition, science suggests.  To get the ideas flowing, we’ve rounded up a handful of treat-yourself worthy picks.  Here are our ideas for activities to make Feb. 14 awesome. Go ahead and pick one – you deserve it!

DIY spa day

While tossing some cucumbers on your eyes might be relaxing, Valentine’s Day calls for something more luxurious. For the ultimate DIY spa night, get busy on Pinterest – you can DIY everything from bath bombs to an edible DIY mask.  Or, make life easy and stop in at Mecca Maxima and purchase your faves for a spa night at home!

Get the blood flowing

Get those endorphins pumping with a nice run, or walk this weekend.  Registrations are still open for the Christchurch Run to Remember to honour those who lost their lives in the February 2011 earthquake.
Pamper your pet

Even if you don’t have a sweetheart, you can still buy Valentine’s Day presents. Your pet is sure to be one of the most appreciative recipients around. Bonus: Your dog snuggling with his new heart pillow makes for an adorable Instagram pic.


Treat yourself with something that will make you smile every day when you come home. Rearrange an entire room around a new painting, photo or even a piece of furniture for a refreshing new look.

Take a class

You know that skill you’ve always wanted to learn but have never had the time? Making time for that is a great way to show some self-love. Whether it’s a cooking class or painting party, you’ll leave feeling accomplished and ready to try something else new.

Discover a new movie

Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks before the Oscars, which means it’s the perfect time to catch up on the best movies of the year before the biggest night in Hollywood.

Throw a tongue-in-cheek “anti-Valentine’s” party

If you want to approach the holiday with a sense of humour, invite your single friends over for an “anti-Valentine’s Day” party. You can decorate pink and red, serve heart-shaped food and watch a non-romantic movie all while drinking a cocktail.  See our favourite 10 cocktail recipes that can be made with only two ingredients – couldn’t be easier!