With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, you might be looking for ways to observe the holiday without risking your sobriety. Whether you’re single or in a committed relationship, you don’t need alcohol or drugs to treat yourself to an indulgent, relaxing Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Unplug and Unwind
Digital devices like phones and tablets have helped us all feel more connected, but that benefit comes with a cost to our mental health. If you’re in the habit of reaching for your phone every time you receive a new notification, or mindlessly scrolling through social media whenever you have a free moment, having a technology-free day or weekend can help you feel less stressed and more focused in the moment. Plan low-tech activities like working on a jigsaw or crossword puzzle. If you have a partner, play board games or do an at-home workout together.
2. Try a New Recipe
You’ve probably seen some tasty-looking dishes online you wanted to try – especially if you’ve been cooking online more often during the COVID-19 pandemic. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to finally give that romantic breakfast in bed, decadent dessert or luscious pasta a shot. Cooking together is a fun way to bond with your partner and family, and you don’t have to worry about making a reservation.
3. Manage Your Stress Levels
Since Valentine’s Day 2021 falls on a Sunday, it could create the ideal opportunity to relax, de-stress and give yourself permission to lounge around your home. Plan a laid-back day to do self-care activities like napping, doing yoga or meditating. Or, put together an at-home spa night for yourself or as a couple. You’ll head into the next week feeling thoroughly refreshed and revitalized.
4. Have an At-Home Movie Marathon
Depending on where you live, February’s weather can be cold and unpredictable. Grab your coziest blanket and curl up on the couch for a Valentine’s Day movie marathon. Whether you prefer tearjerkers, romantic comedies or something in between, dim the lights, pop some popcorn and settle in for the night.
5. Get Yourself a Present
You may get Valentine’s Day gifts for your significant other, children and pets, but this year, consider treating yourself, too. Give yourself self-care items like an aromatherapy diffuser, a hot cocoa kit or a foam roller to help you release tension from tight back muscles.
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