A Gift to Yourself on Valentine’s Day…

Many of us have been taught that love is something that exists outside of us. We search for that ideal relationship or focus on trying to feel more fulfilled by the relationships that we already have, but true love always begins at home. The more we learn to love and nurture ourselves, the more love we are able to give and receive from others.

So this year, instead of waiting for someone else to buy you those flowers or candy, try giving some love to yourself.

Here are some great gift ideas that you can give to yourself for Valentine’s Day:

Relax. Spend some time clearing your mind and calming your body. You deserve it! Try some deep breathing. Listen to some soothing music. Try some progressive relaxation. Meditate. Take a class or spend a few minutes sitting quietly on your own. For inspiration check out my LOVE MY BODY meditation.

Treat yourself. Buy yourself a special gift like a piece of jewelry, a scarf or something beautiful for your home. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just something that speaks to you. You can also search for forgotten treasures in your own attic or closet; or swap items with a friend. If you are artistically inclined, you can paint yourself a picture, throw a pot, or knit yourself a soft, cozy sweater. The idea is to give yourself something special to remind you how beautiful you are both inside and out!

Indulge. Take a nice, long bath or shower. Paint your nails. Get a massage or a body treatment. Buy tickets for a concert, museum, or sporting event. Visit your favorite restaurant (or if you prefer order in). Plan your dream vacation. Even the smallest indulgences count. Don’t be afraid to dream big as you might be surprised when those dreams materialize.

Move your body. Go for a walk on the beach, or a bike ride in the country. Take a yoga class or a swim in the pool. Chose something you enjoy and move at the pace that feels most pleasing and comfortable to your body. This is about honoring your body with movement. It is not about “working” out or pushing yourself –unless that feels good to you.

Nourish yourself. Prepare a special meal or snack. Try for something that is reasonably healthy, nourishes your body and pleases your taste buds. If you don’t like to cook, you can dine out or buy something already prepared. Pressed for ideas? Check out my recipe for LOVE SOUP.

Feed your soul. Spend some time doing what you love. Follow your joy! It is the most sure-fire way to open your heart. Not sure about what stokes your internal fires? Get out there and try something new. There is no better gift you can give to yourself than the gift of love! Enjoy