UPDATED, February 8, 2021
On Valentine’s Day, the emphasis of the holiday usually revolves around showing love and affection for loved ones and friends. But Valentine’s Day can also be a wonderful time to take time for you, and provide yourself with some much needed self-care.
There are several ways you can learn to love yourself this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s investing in quality workout equipment, going on a solo adventure, or simply taking time to slow down––there are many ways you can make your Valentine’s Day a special day for yourself.
Start Valentine’s Day With An Energizing iFit Workout
Starting your morning with an energizing workout can start your Valentine’s Day off on the right foot from the get-go. If you feel like you’ve fallen into an exercise rut, using iFit® can be a great way to find the right workout to fit your mood.
For those looking for an easier start to the day and haven’t quite achieved that level of fitness yet, try these treadmill walking workouts for beginners.
Whichever workout you choose, you’ll be moving your body, which is setting yourself up for a healthier and more energized day.
Exercise With A Workout Buddy
Some people are more motivated to work out when they have a workout buddy. This Valentine’s Day, you can plan a workout with your significant other or a friend to do together. It can be something easy, like taking a jog in a park or doing a yoga workout together.
Sharing quality time with a loved one can be just what you need to feel good about yourself, inside and out.
Treat Yourself To Delicious, Healthy Foods
After your workout, treat yourself to a healthy post-workout snack. Not only can it help with your exercise recovery, but by choosing healthier foods, you are actively being loving towards your body by nourishing and replenishing all of its nutrients. In return, you will feel better and move easier.
That’s not to say that you can’t indulge in a few epic Valentine’s Day treats. But if you get that heart-shaped box of chocolates, try to moderate your intake by having some little by little and sharing with others.
Spend Some Time Volunteering
An uncommon Valentine’s Day activity you might want to try is volunteering. It can seem counterintuitive when you are trying to focus on learning to love yourself that you would serve others, but there are many health benefits you can receive from volunteering.
For one thing, being able to serve others can help you feel better. As for another, if you have been struggling with something, volunteering may help to put things into perspective for you.
For instance, if you are having conflicts with a coworker, it may help to spend some time doing something in a different atmosphere, like serving in a soup kitchen on Valentine’s Day. Taking yourself out of your norm, helping others, and seeing different scenarios may surprise you to see that disagreements such as yours aren’t as earthshaking as you previously thought.
Nurture Your Mind
Another way you can focus on self-care this Valentine’s Day is by taking the time to nurture your mind. Some of these nurturing techniques may be things you are already doing on Valentine’s Day, such as exercising and eating healthily.
You can also engage in activities that coordinate your manual dexterity and your brain. Some easy outlets are things like sudoku and crossword puzzles, but if these aren’t up your alley, you aren’t limited. Doing crafting activities such as crochet, knitting, scrapbooking, painting, and other dexterous activities are just as nurturing.
Enjoy A Solo Trip
There are many benefits to traveling, from expanding your perspective to helping to build your immune system. But many people wait to travel until they can travel with someone. Rather than waiting for someone, give yourself permission this Valentine’s Day to take a solo trip.
You can start small to help build your confidence by taking a day trip or a short overnight excursion a few hours away from home. After you get more comfortable traveling alone, you can look forward to planning more extensive excursions.
If you don’t have the ability to take a trip at this time, you can still take a trip virtually anywhere when you use your NordicTrack treadmill. Thanks to the high-definition touchscreens and the 1-year iFit membership that is included with your NordicTrack purchase, you can access all kinds of workouts and destinations around the world. Virtually run along the beaches of Hawaii, take a walking tour of London’s streets, and much more. Your next solo trip is a touch of a button away!
Rediscover Your Passions
Part of learning to love yourself is reminding yourself to engage in things you’re passionate about. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our passions can end up taking a backseat, to the point where it is hard to remember the last time you did something you truly enjoyed.
To help you rediscover your passions, take some time to see what sparks your interests and consider your talents. Do something that you have enjoyed in the past or take on a new venture that sparks your interest. If you’re enjoying it to the point where time slips away from you, then further your experience and dedicate more time and effort into it and see where it takes you.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
How much you sleep can have a direct impact on your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Yet, many people are constantly shorting themselves on their sleep, getting by on only 4-6 hours of sleep.
While it can be tempting to keep scrolling on your phone or watch one more episode, getting the right amount of sleep can make a huge difference in your day-to-day activities. According to the Mayo Clinic, adults should get anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Research shows that people that don’t have a consistent sleeping pattern don’t perform as well on complex mental tasks as those who sleep around 7 hours per night.
Now, you don’t have to try and pack all of these things into your Valentine’s Day. Just pick out the ones that resonate the most with you, and learn to love yourself on this special holiday. You deserve it!