February is officially the month of love, but there’s no doubt that this year our Valentine’s Day celebrations will look a bit different. Even though the usual plans may not be possible, we suggest how you could celebrate the most romantic day of the year with some ideas to keep the romance alive in lockdown.
Enjoy a date night at home
Traditionally on Valentine’s Day, couples might opt to go out on a special date night, perhaps for a romantic meal, some cocktails or a trip to the theatre or maybe a night away. And while these activities are not on the cards for Valentine’s Day 2021, there’s no reason why you can’t bring some of them into your own home.
Missing your favourite restaurant? Why not recreate a meal from their menu yourself?
If you fancy yourself as a top chef, Delicious Magazine has some great ideas for creating a romantic dinner. Visit https://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/collections/valentines-day-recipes/ to take a look.
Alternatively, if you prefer to let someone else do all the hard work, many restaurants are offering a takeaway or delivery service during lockdown. Take a look on the websites or social media pages of some of your local eateries to see what they may have on offer for Valentine’s Day.
You could also plan a cosy night in with your favourite films, food and snacks and recreate a trip to the cinema in the comfort of your living room.
And the best part about a date night at home, is that you get to choose the dress code! If you fancy going all out and getting dressed up, then go for it. But if you prefer something more comfortable, no one will know if you opt for loungewear and slippers instead!
Getting active together
If you’re missing the gym and your favourite fitness classes, another way to spend Valentine’s Day is to do something active together. You could try an on demand workout, such as those available on 1Life’s Wellbeats platform, or get out and about for a walk, run or cycle in your local area.
If you are heading outside, remember to follow the lockdown guidelines in your area and ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.
Relax and recharge
If you prefer a slower pace, then a pamper evening could be more your style of celebration.
You could light some candles, enjoy a bubble bath and recreate a spa environment indoors with some of your favourite pampering products; the perfect way to take some time out and focus on yours and your partner’s wellbeing.
Lockdown restrictions will also mean some couples won’t be able to spend Valentine’s Day together in person, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out. You could arrange a virtual date night, take part in an online event or simply send a card or gift to let your partner know you’re thinking of them.
And whether you’re coupled up this year or not, why not celebrate some of the other important people in your life on Galentine’s Day?
Taking place on February 13th - the day before Valentine’s Day - Galentine’s Day has become popular in recent years as the opportunity to celebrate female friendships and the important ladies in your life.
So why not use it to take the time to call someone you’ve been missing, arrange a virtual catch up or meet a friend for a socially distanced walk and chat? Even if you can’t be with your loved ones at this time, this is a great way to keep connected.
Enjoy your celebrations!
Lots of Love from the 1Life team