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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Mizzou chapter.

Valentine’s Day 2020 was one of the last times things felt typical for many of us. It wasn’t long after this holiday that we went under lockdown as COVID-19 ran rampant. Now, nearly a year later, there’s hope that life will return to normal. Still, the pandemic continues, and its weight is still felt on the lives of us all. This is why it’s crucial for you to pay attention to yourself this Valentine’s Day, regardless of whether or not there’s a special person you’ll be spending the day with, as well.

You got yourself through an unprecedented time (existing is hard enough even without a pandemic). Although you’ve struggled with feelings of fear and isolation, you made it. You should be proud, and you deserve to celebrate yourself. After all, you couldn’t have done this without, well, you!

This Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to fall in love with yourself. This task may seem daunting, especially for those of us who have had an especially difficult time lately. I’m here to remind you that no matter who you are or what you’re going through, you are incredibly worthy. You are beautiful, you are strong and you are loved. I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, but you are.

Love yourself written on wall
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So, how should you practice self-love on Valentine’s Day? There are two, easy steps. First, you’re going to need to set time aside for yourself. Yes, even if you already have plans (you’re important, too). Secondly, do whatever you want. Literally. This time is for you, and you should spend it however you see fit. Self-love is acknowledging what you enjoy, and then pursuing the things that make you feel good. For you, this could be having a mini spa day, binge-watching your favorite show or eating your favorite foods. It really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you feel happy and content.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect reminder to show yourself love, just like you show others. Although, keep in mind self-love should not, and is not, exclusive to one day of the entire year. It’s important to love yourself and care for yourself every day of the year. You are an incredible person, and you deserve to love yourself.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Hi! I'm Olivia, and I'm a sophomore at Mizzou studying Atmospheric Science. I spend my free time listening to music (Glass Animals are my favorite), watching documentaries, looking at the sky, and playing Pokemon Go, Fortnite, and The Sims!
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