Thinking outside the chocolate box on Valentine’s Day. 

We are familiar with Valentine’s Day being a day to show love, fondness and appreciation towards a significant other. However, Valentine’s Day doesn't just have to be about couples but self-love and the appreciation for those close to you.

We are now in 2019 and we’ve moved forward from that single definition of love with the creation of days such as Valentine’s Day, as well as changing the way we think about relationships. Regardless of whether you’re single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to any, and all love - so show yourself some love and express the value of all relationships in your life!

Understand that self-love is not narcissistic, selfish, or you being vain. Learning to show love to yourself is about looking out for yourself. When you show that you love and care about yourself, the world sees someone who shines rather than giving in to self-doubt.

Loneliness is at a high when we don't love ourselves, but when we decided instead it’s worth showing some self-love, we start to become more relaxed and more comfortable with who we are. In the same way that relationships take work and aren't always easy, loving yourself can come with some challenges but always remember that the most important relationship in your life is with yourself. Much like a relationship between two people, the effort and time invested will show its value in the long run.

Perhaps by looking at Valentines Day a little bit differently it will open yourself up to self-love and the value of all relationships around you. Maybe now you can see it as not just a day celebrating the love we share with a partner, but instead the love we have for family, friends, and most importantly - ourselves. So this year, take this Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to show some real appreciation for yourself and of your true value.