With the semester well underway and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, some may be looking for some new self-care ideas and tips. So, here are a few ideas for inspiration. 

Spa Night

Go visit Marshall’s to grab a few cheap face masks for you and your friends (and while you’re there, buy yourself a little treat – you deserve it!). I highly recommend the sheet masks with animal faces printed on them – they look ridiculous and are so much fun to laugh at. Add other spa-like elements as you see fit – maybe paint your nails or do a hair mask, too. Then, watch a movie, or listen to music and dance while you wait. The last time I did one of these, my friends and I learned the TikTok dance to “Is It Over Now” by Taylor Swift, which was so much fun!

Movie Night

Get your friends together and have a movie marathon. Personally, I’m a huge fan of rom-coms, especially around Valentine’s Day. I recommend “When Harry Met Sally”, “You’ve Got Mail” (this one is definitely the best), “10 Things I Hate About You”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. They’re all such fun and adorable movies. Also, don’t forget some snacks! If you have a kitchen, whip up some cookies before you watch or sneak a few out of the Tully. 

Galentine’s Day

This one is especially for the girlies. Get your friends together, exchange gifts (get some candy and check Target or Marshalls for some other small things), and maybe head downtown for dinner. I recommend Molto, Sophie’s, Centro or Colony Grill. The food there is delicious, and a dinner debrief is always a good time. Don’t forget to grab a sweet treat at 16 Candles, and if you go to Sophie’s, don’t leave without having the apple pie. 

Take a Day For Yourself

If you’re not looking for something to do with friends, and you need some time just for you, take the time you need! Spend a day in bed with some good movies or TV shows, catch up on your reading and ignore your responsibilities. We all have a lot going on, and it can be nice to just let yourself relax, even if it’s only for a little while. 

Take An Everything Shower

If you know, you know. While an everything shower can be tiring, it always feels nice when you’ve taken one. Round up your favorite lotions, your favorite skincare and your favorite hair products. If you can, make a playlist for the shower with a whole bunch of hype songs. A few quick recommendations are: “Mr. Perfectly Fine” by Taylor Swift and “Live While We’re Young” by One Direction. When you’re all done, you’ll feel accomplished and relaxed, and you can proceed to enjoy your favorite movie or TV show. 

So, this is a reminder from me to you to take some time for yourself and do the things you love, and I hope these tips give you some good ideas for your next self-care night!

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