February, the month of love. So why not self love?

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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.

*you can find my first self care post I did here*

Easy February self care/love ideas

  1. Give yourself a at home spa day
  2. Read a book you’ve had your eye on
  3. Go for a walk or run
  4. Enjoy some time outside
  5. Watch a romantic comedy
  6. Volunteer at a local shelter walking dogs or playing with kitties
  7. Write a list of things you love about yourself
  8. Cook your favorite meal
  9. Go for coffee with a friend
  10. Work up a sweat
  11. Give yourself some “personal” time (I’m talking masturbation here)
  12. Write a goals you want to achieve in 5 years, 10 years and 20 years list
  13. Call and talk to a loved one
  14. Buy yourself something
  15. Take a class you’ve always wanted to try
  16. Treat yourself to a solo date night
  17. Go to a movie alone
  18. Listen to your favorite music
  19. Sing in the shower
  20. Do some stretching
  21. Light your favorite candles
  22. Have a nap
  23. Put on a outfit that makes you feel incredible

What are some ways you are practicing self care this month? Let me know down in the comments below.

Till next time,

Tanya xoxo

94 thoughts on “February, the month of love. So why not self love?”

    1. I’ve never had a guinea pig but they are SO cute! I previously had 14 rats over the years. I love little critters. What’s your guinea pigs name?

  1. Loving this post! My self love comes on the 15th Feb : all that half price chocolate, flowers, pretty underwear and pyjamas in the supermarkets gives me a great excuse for some me-love

    1. Lol, you’re not alone in that. Pretty sale underwear is a great idea! I’ll have to keep an eye out. I’ve already seen posts on Twitter from people waiting for the sale candy and chocolate on Feb 15th. Haha

  2. I agree with all of your suggestions, but I think I need an action movie over a romantic comedy. Too soon after a breakup.

  3. I got a facial this week, and though I don’t think I could go monthly, I deffo plan on including it in self care at least twice a year.

    1. Yes Ashley! 1000 times yes!. I did a blog post on positive self talk a couple months ago. It’s a very useful tool

    1. Definitely! I just wanted to list ones you can do solo because it’s all about “couples” right now. Seriously, if I see one more jewelry commercial I’m going to yack.

  4. Aw I love this!! I’m currently in therapy and my counsellor (who is FANTASTIC btw) is constantly telling me I need to be kinder to myself and need more self-care. So I’m so glad i found your blog, what great timing πŸ™‚

    Quinn x

  5. I’ve been trying to get out hiking with the pups more this month as that’s one of the things that makes me feel most relaxed and at ease. We visited the local National park the first weekend of the month, although we didn’t end up doing anything notable last weekend. We’ve been talking about where we want to go for a Valentine’s Day weekend hike.

  6. Definitely plan to indulge in quite a few of these this month! Been feeling a bit run down and a lack of self care isn’t helping! I fancy having a go at writing down some things I like about myself.

        1. I was suckered into the Netflix Christmas movies. Lol. So cheesy but so addictive. Netflix usually has something randomly amusing

    1. Glad you had a giggle. Although it is a part of healthy living ;-). I’m picky when it comes to audiobooks, it all depends on the narrator for me

      1. im ace so i actually read it and was like ah yes i really should just take a personal day and turn off from social media and just enjoy it and then i read the rest of it and giggled because that hadnt crossed my mind :’)

        thats why i didnt like them bc i’d been unlucky in the past! im trying out libro.fm with review copies + then found a few on spotify too (city of ghosts by v e schwab had a good narrator and its only short!)

  7. I love this! I practice self care by taking luxurious bubble baths, getting my nails done, taking time to myself to read, puzzle, or enjoy other enjoyable activities. Watch a movie of my choosing and eat some chocolate, take a relaxing walk in nature, and meditate or yoga. <3

    1. That all sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to get back into yoga, I really enjoyed it when I was younger πŸ™‚

  8. Love these ideas, I’m away from home at the moment and am enjoying the peace and serenity but do miss my family and friends. I will definitely be undertaking some of your suggestions. I love my acupressure Shakti Mat time and a pot of herbal tea β˜•β€οΈ

  9. yes yes yes to naps! I always need one (vitamin deficiency ugh) so me time is nap time haha!
    lovely list and great ideas, thanks for sharing x

  10. I mean, face masks, obviously. But also why not learn how to give yourself a proper pedicure? I personally hate having my feet touched by other people, but I do love the look of a well-done pedi. So I looked up some YouTube tutorials on how to give myself a real pedicure, beyond just painting my toes. Plus it saves me a few $!

    1. Lol, you’re not the first who had a giggle at that. I completely understand what you mean Zoey. I find writing extremely therapeutic as well xo

  11. Self love is so important. Valentine’s Day is normally seen as negative day for single people, as years go by, it’s also about self love which you have shown here. Great post.πŸ’œ

  12. I’m supposed to be taking self care seriously at the moment. But not doing a very good job of it. So I’m setting myself the task of doing at least 5 from your list by the end of the month. I will report back if I’m successful.

    1. You can do it Adam, even taking 5 minutes to just breath is self care. It doesn’t have to be complicated. I look forward to your report πŸ™‚

  13. I love your post and all of the self care ideas. Believe it or not…going for a walk with my husband is one self care idea that I love.
    Thank you sweet friend for sharing! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    1. Happy valentine’s day love. You really have helped brighten up Twitter. I’m really glad we met :-). When I’m able my husband and I like to sometimes take evening walks, its extremely relaxing and almost has a detox effect.

  14. I will definitely be having more self-care time this month! I love singing in the shower or singing along to the radio on the way home after I have had a bad day helps clear my head. Also, there is nothing better than talking to your mum or close friend, sometimes we just need to vent!

  15. All of these ideas were brilliant! And you’re right, since Valentine’s Day is about love, why not show ourselves a bit of love too? I personally love carving out some time for myself to dive into a good book and disappear for a little bit in that world. That’s been my main self-care lately. Plus I’ve been getting rid of things and trying my hands at minimalism, and it’s kind of nice not to be surrounded by random things I don’t necessarily care about. It also cuts back on cleaning aka more time for reading! πŸ˜‰

    Lovely post and such a good reminder of things to do for yourself! Because we deserve self-love!

    Emily | http://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    1. You are so right Emily! I went through all my stuff last may and got rid of a lots stuff. It does make cleaning quicker and easier as well, so more time for reading πŸ˜‰

  16. Lovely post! I did a similar one a while back with a list of little things to lift your mood and a lot of the things you’ve listed were also on my list! πŸ™‚ definitely need more self love! Hannah (hannahshappyhour.com)

    1. That’s a great idea Lana! The day after Valentine’s day is when I strike. Uh, sale chocolate! Ps your name is one of my favorites. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks Lindsey, I try to use variety that way hopefully there’s something for everyone. It probably stems from my people pleasing need, which I am trying to work on

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