Updated: May 9
Written by Contributing writer; Courtney Rosenfeld. Courtney started Gig Spark to be a resource and the first step for people who are looking to join the gig economy, either to supplement their income or as a way to fulfill their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur."
Although February is known for Valentine’s Day, it’s also known as the Month of Love. There are many ways you can enjoy the Month of Love, whether you’re single or in a committed relationship. You might put the focus on your best friends, or simply set aside some time for self-care and making sure your needs are met. After all, loving yourself is very important. Think about the best ways to practice self-care this year and get started this month!
Spend some quality time … with yourself
We all need a little break now and then to focus on ourselves, so why not make February a time to take care of your needs? Head to a local spa and get a pedicure, or spend the night in with your favorite movie and snacks. Go on a shopping trip and update your wardrobe; treat yourself! You can also participate in some quiet time; start a journal, read a good book, walk through the park, or spend an hour or two at a bookstore and grab a coffee afterwards. Pretend you’re on a date with yourself and make an effort to enjoy your time alone.
The Month of Love can often bring about feelings of anxiety and stress, so it’s important to help yourself feel better. If you’re looking to shake off those feelings, you might want to consider CBD oil. Elite Daily cites research that shows it helps reduce anxiety and stress, so it might be a great natural way to boost your mood. CBD oil has no psychoactive effects, meaning you won’t feel “high,” but it’s best to do some research to find out whether it’s right for you.
Cook for yourself
Many people don’t often cook a nice meal for themselves because it’s so much easier to opt for quick and easy or takeout. Take the time to create a delicious, healthy, decadent meal for yourself. Shop for fresh ingredients, incorporate things you love or have always wanted to try, and make a dessert you can revel in afterwards. Making time to cook a fantastic meal for yourself can boost your self-esteem and will help you see your own value at the same time.
Try something new
If you’re stuck in a rut, doing the day thing day in and day out, it may be time to try something a little different. Head to an art museum, take a class, or head to a pottery shop to make your own pieces. Doing something you’ve always wanted to try -- and being creative at the same time -- can help boost your mood and your self-confidence, according to Psychology Today.
You may even want to give your lifestyle an upgrade. Change is hard, but it can also bring big rewards. Maybe it's time to earn that degree you've been putting off. Studies have shown that attaining a college degree results in better health. Now’s a great time to pursue studies online, which has benefits of its own, including flexibility in how and when you take coursework. Plus, the return on the dollar is enticing; business degree graduates from Western Governors University, for example, report an ROI ranging from 202 to 267 percent.
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February can be a lot of fun for everyone; you just have to know where to start. Think about ways to make your day the best it can be, and focus on making yourself happy. With a good plan and a little preparation, your Month of Love will be one to remember.