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Valentine's Day the RIGHT way.

Traditionally Valentine’s Day is about the number two: two people in love, two plates at dinner, two glasses of wine – you get the idea. These pairs cause another kind of paring – comparing! Comparing ourselves to someone else.

It’s something we do all too often, which unfortunately only seems to happen more frequently on special occasions like Valentine’s Day. Whether we are married, in a relationship, or single, we all do it. But why? Maybe it’s our relationship status, the fulfillment we receive from our relationship, our financial situation, or our body image.

The reasons to compare are numerous and obtrusively pushed to the forefront of our minds by Hallmark cards, countless advertisements, and the seemingly mandatory dinner reservations. But comparing ourselves to others is not only futile but also harmful. It damages our self-esteem and the ability to appreciate ourselves.

I challenge you to change the script this Valentine’s Day. Practice some self-love and make this day about one, not two. Instead of comparing yourself to others, discover the qualities you love about yourself.

Take time to recognize your strengths, achievements, and all the characteristics that make you uniquely you. Sit down with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and celebrate your own awesomeness!

  • Write at least 5 things you love about yourself.

  • It can be your intelligence, your hilarious sense of humor, your beautiful eye color, your fantastic dance moves…anything!

  • Write 3 accomplishments of which you’re proud.

  • Big or small, every accomplishment is important. Have you gotten a promotion at work? Did you make it to that yoga class last week?

  • Now write 5 ways you can celebrate yourself. And finally, DO THEM!

  • Get your nails done. Soak in a bubble bath. Go to that spinning class you want to try. Treat yourself to those cute shoes you’ve been dying to buy. Do whatever makes you feel as fabulous as you truly are.

This Valentine’s Day celebrate the one and only YOU. Appreciate your own fabulousness and go ahead and pamper yourself. End the comparisons and embrace self-love.

Let’s change those Hallmark cards from “I love you” to “I love me!”

About the Author: Abby Bernbach

I am currently a student at the University of Miami completing a B.S in Exercise Physiology. Upon graduating this spring, I will begin to pursue my dream of becoming a Registered Dietician. I am eager to be a part of the ever-growing field of nutrition as we continue to further our understanding of how important it is to our lives. My passion for nutrition is only surpassed by a passion for puppies. Outside of studying, you can find me playing with puppies, swimming, or watching a baseball game.

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