Whether you’re in a relationship or flying solo this is the day to really love yourself.  I’m not talking about buying one of those fancy festive lattes or treating yourself to a night of desserts; I’m talking about truly appreciating and respecting yourself the right way. Here are some GamePlan A-approved ways to appreciate and take care of yourself this Valentine’s Day.

1. Splurge on your favorite fitness class

Those trendy group fitness classes are all the rage, but it’s no secret that they can be expensive.  If you’ve been dying to try one of those boutique spin classes, barre, boxing or hip-hop yoga, maybe Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to bite the bullet and give it a try.  You can always meet up with your date or your friends after you get your sweat on.

2. Don’t eat lunch at your desk

If you’re one of those people who is constantly grinding away at work, answering emails while eating a sandwich, today’s the day to break the habit. It can be hard, but forcing yourself to take 30 minutes to refresh your mind can be beneficial to your health and your work performance.  You’re a hard worker and all those emails will still be there after your 30 minutes of recess.

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Encourage your colleagues to step away from their desks and join you convivial lunch in your office kitchen or a local cafe. The chat and cheer will give your afternoon a deserved boost. ©Henrik Sorensen/GettyImages

3. Don’t check emails after work

Better yet, leave your computer at work. When you’re off the clock allow yourself to actually be off of the clock. Much like #2, those emails will still be there in the morning and it’s important to give yourself the gift of being truly away from work.

4. Write a nice note to your co-worker

When I was in primary school, all of my classmates would bring in Valentine’s Day goodies and give them to everyone in the class.  A lot of the cards had nice compliments on them, and everyone left school that day in high spirits.  Why does this have to stop after grade school?  Take the time to write a few nice words about the people on your team and leave the notes at their desks.  Not only will this make someone else’s day, but your day is almost guaranteed to improve as well.

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Brighten up a colleague’s day and put to pen to paper to show your appreciation.

5. Hug yourself in the mirror

This may seem ‘woo woo’ to some, but social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research shows that our body language actually shapes who we are. So for a quick boost to your mood, smile, hug yourself and practice your very best power pose in the mirror. Seriously, try it for two minutes and see the positive changes in your mood. Make this a habit and you could see some life and career benefits as well.

6. Take time to write down what you’re grateful for

For some, Valentine’s Day can be a lonely day.  If you catch yourself being down in the dumps on Valentine’s Day, I challenge you to snap yourself out of your funk and focus on all of the great things in your life.  Take 10 minutes to write down everyone and everything you’re grateful for.  Whether it’s your parents, your friends, your dog, your yoga teacher, or your co-workers, take time to appreciate all the good in your life.

How do you treat yourself on Valentine’s Day?  Let us know in the comments below.

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