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36 Romantic things you can do for yourself, whether you're single or coupled up

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With just one week until Valentine' Day, you might be making romantic plans. Whether you're single, in a relationship and living apart, or even cohabiting, you don't need to rely on a partner for romance. Especially right now, when self-care and your mental wellbeing is more important than ever.

Without further ado, here are some ideas of how to show yourself a lil affection - because you deserve it!

Romantic things you can do for yourself

  1. Read some romantic poetry

  2. Have a hands-on everything shower

  3. Go for a walk in your favourite park and admire your surrounding

  4. "Get some candles, essential oils, bath salts, treat myself to some nice body wash and bubble bath, even a bath bomb. Run a hell of a bath, and relax in candle light with some of my favourite calming music. It's absolutely heaven." [via]

  5. Turn down the lights and watch a sexy movie

  6. "I buy myself flowers sometimes and a nice bottle of wine. My husband will come home and thank me for it and I'm like, 'Uhh...this is for me...'" [via]

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Maskot

7. "I like to do a spa-type day every so often. I have a steaming hot shower, I use hair conditioning masks and nice smelling gel. I shave all over and when I get out I put on a face mask, pluck my eyebrows, moisturise, do my cuticles, file my nails." [via]

8. Treat yourself to a new vibrator or sex toy

9. Go to your fave bookshop and ask the bookseller to pick out a book for you based on your vibe, for a surprise you can give yourself

10. "Usually I love dressing up, taking selfies and taking myself to dinner and maybe a show. But in these times: buying my favourite flowers, lighting candles, playing a sweet playlist, then taking a bubble bath and doing a facial with my favourite cocktails nearby."[via]

11. Book yourself a massage

12. Go all out and have the fanciest wank-sesh possible

13. "Buy myself a special lunch. Go out to get my nails done. Make myself a nice dinner." [via]

14. Like Miley Cyrus, buy yourself flowers!

15. "There's nothing better than a clean room, clean sheets and fancy candles." [via]

16. Go to the cinema to see a film you really wanted to see (and of course, get yourself some popcorn)

17. "Buy yourself a gift that you really want that takes a while to ship. In about a month I'll be receiving a book that I'll have forgot that I ordered. How kind of past me!" [via]

18. Write a love letter to yourself

19. Do a Sunday reset. Clean the house, change the sheets, do the week's food shop and cook a hot meal, etc

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Tatiana Maksimova

20. "There's nothing better than a clean room, clean sheets and fancy candles." [via]

21. Start a hype list - whenever someone compliments you, write it down and read it back from time to time

22. Do some gentile exercise like yoga or swimming to feel reconnected to your body

23. "Buy yourself a gift that you really want that takes a while to ship. In about a month I'll be receiving a book that I'll have forgot that I ordered. How kind of past me!" [via]

24. Cook yourself an extravagant meal

24. Or make yourself a cocktail

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Tara Moore

26. "I really like to maybe take a walk by my self around on a nice sunny day." [via]

27. Invest some time in your community to remind yourself that romantic love isn't the only type worth celebrating

28. "Make yourself a kit for something. Bubble bath kit, writing kit, reading kit, movie night, etc. Stash it in your closet and pull it out when you're feeling down. A gift from you to you." [via]

29. Take a burlesque class as a reminder of how sexy you are

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30. "Colour in my colouring book." [via]

31. "Mine is something I do every day. Start your day with me time. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, sit down with breakfast or coffee/tea and read some affirmations/nice notes you’ve written to yourself and review your goals." [via]

32. Write down 25 things you like about yourself

32. "Clean your home and buy some flowers to remind yourself of how amazing you are!" [via]

34 "Write cute, positive notes to yourself and put them all over your house." [via]

35. Dance with yourself to your favourite album

36. Read some erotic fiction

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