Instead of focusing on what you don’t have or what’s missing this Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to a day of small, self-care activities that will make you happy. Here are 14 recommendations to get you started: 

1. Cook your favorite meal

Georgia O’Keeffe cutting herbs, New Mexico 1960 by Tony Vaccaro

Take the time to prepare a meal that you love, whether it’s your favorite TV show recipe or one from your favorite food influencer. Turn up the music and dance while you cook, making it a fun and enjoyable experience. 

2. Read a book you’ve always wanted to

Jean Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading, c. 1769

Choose a book that you’ve always wanted to read but never had the time for. Get comfortable, either on the sofa, in your bed, or in a bath, and immerse yourself in the story. To make it extra special, add some bubble bath or Epsom salts, rose petals, or essential oils. 

3. Go see a movie, comedian, or concert

Gerrit van Honthorst, The Concert, 1623

Do something you enjoy, even if it’s not considered mainstream. This could be a movie that you love, but others find cheesy, or a concert of your favorite artist. Embrace your guilty pleasures and have a great time. 

4. Spend time in your studio

William Merritt Chase, Self Portrait: The Artist in His Studio, 1915

Set aside time to work on a creative project. Whether it’s painting, drawing, or sculpting, get into your creative space and let your imagination run wild. 

5. Write down your goals 

A Young Man Writing at a Cloth Covered Table with a Globe, Statue, Violin, Hourglass, Playing Cards, Book, Ink Pots, a Document, and Other Objects by Christian van Donck

Write down the goals you have for the next few months, whether they’re personal or professional. Use the SMART goal-setting method to make them achievable and realistic. 

6. Create or expand your website or social media presence 

Work on creating or expanding your online presence. Whether it’s building a website or posting more on social media, map out your vision and take small steps towards achieving it. 

7. Visit a museum

Willem van Haecht, The Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest, 1628

Spend some time in a museum, looking at your favorite works of art or discovering new ones. This will not only boost your energy levels but may also inspire you to get creative. 

8. Deep clean your space

Willem Joseph Laquy, Young Woman Cleaning the Floor

Cleaning your space can help get rid of negative energies and allow for new and positive ones to enter. Open the windows, diffuse some essential oils, and donate items that you no longer need to a charitable organization. 

9. Dress up and plan a photoshoot

Jan Vermeer, The Art of Painting, 1666 – 1668

Treat yourself to a photoshoot, either by hiring a professional photographer or asking a friend to take pictures. Get dressed up and feel fabulous. To make it even more special, consider getting your makeup done as well. 

10. Treat yourself to a haircut, massage, or pampering session

French school, The hairdressing Lesson, circa 1750

Take some time to pamper yourself. Whether it’s getting a massage, a haircut, or a manicure, do something that will make you feel relaxed and happy. 

11. Visit a rage room  

Let off some steam by visiting a rage room or finding a way to destroy something in a safe and controlled environment. This will help you release any pent-up anger or frustration and leave you feeling peaceful. 

12. Move your body and let loose 

Henri Matisse, La dance, 1910

Blast your music and dance the night away. Let your body move to the rhythm and have fun. Consider taking an online dance class or trying a new style of dance. 

13. Volunteer  

Richard Linderum, The Soup Kitchen, 1900

Give back to your community by volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about. Whether it’s reading to the elderly, preparing food for a homeless shelter, or helping at an animal rescue, find a way to make a positive impact. Bonus point if this becomes part of your weekly, or monthly plan! Again, good karma has no price! 

14. Embellish your space  

John Watkins Chapman, The antique shop, 1900

Add something new to your space, whether it’s a new artwork, a plant, or a cozy rug. Make your space cozier, brighter, and more inviting. Shop second-hand or trade items with friends to reduce waste and save money. 

If you try one of these recommendations, make sure to tag us on social media and share it with us! We can’t wait to see what you picked!