It’s Valentine’s Day! This day can be super wonderful if you’re all loved up with your other half, but if you’re flying solo or just having some relationship trouble, it’s a hell of a lot of pressure. Well, we asked a whole bunch of influencers about love, because Valentine’s Day should be for everyone, whether you’re in a couple or not. Here’s what a few of them had to say.
“HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY ❤ a day that I bloody hated when I was single and convinced I was unlovable, that now I’m coupled up slightly washes over me because capitalism is tiring BUT given social media’ll be rife with soppy, envy inducing declarations of love today and I know it’s not the happiest day for a lot of people, I wanted to pop up with a reminder. A reminder to love YOURSELF this Valentine’s Day.
I’ve been with my wonderful boyfriend for 7 years and in SO many ways our relationship is entirely fantastic and perfect. But then in other ways, it’s not. Because he always leaves food in the sink and I never put my clothes away and we drive each other mad. Also because we’re humans. And human relationships aren’t perfect.
But Instagram never sees that shit. Only we see that and that sometimes leaves us feeling like there’s something wrong with us, and there isn’t! @alexandrew.1 is still the love of my bloody life, my heart could explode with adoration for him! But something we’re learning as we live our lives together, is that in order for us to be happy together, we have to be happy within ourselves too. And that means putting ourselves first from time to time. Practising a bit of self love, as the kids call it!
At the end of the day, the MOST important relationship you have, is the one that you have with yourself. I know that’s hard to believe, we are the generation raised on the rom-com after-all, but it’s true. True happiness doesn’t come from external validation; it comes from within. And the rest of it is really just a bloody delicious icing atop the cake.
And so today I’ve teamed up with @ditchthelabel to remind you, whether you’re single or not, to show yourself some love today. Spoil yourself. EAT ALL THE OVERPRICED CHOCOLATES. And be kind to yourself, now and forever!!”
“❤❤LOVE YO’SELF❤❤ As you start to see Valentine’s day adverts this week, remember it isn’t *just* day to show love to a partner… You can show love to your friends, your family and most importantly yourself!”
“HAPPY VALENTiNES DAY 💕 During a holiday created by capitalism to make us buy crap and feel even worse I want to remind you to love yo self! You’re the most important person in your life so spend the day doing something for you. Take a bath, go on a walk and whilst you’re at it buy yourself some chocolates because you deserve it! As I’m here in japan I started my day at @nobehanoyu_tsuruhashi onsen (public baths filled with hot spring water) relaxing and giving myself some much needed R&R now I’m off to get milk tea & melon pan.”
However you are going to be spending your Valentine’s Day, make sure you leave some room to take care of and be kind to yourself. It’s one day, in a whole year of wonderful days, so if you aren’t feeling great about it, take some advice from some our favourite people above and do you.
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