Self-Care Ideas to Help You Celebrate Galentine’s Day With Your Friends

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Health & Lifestyle
Fatima Araos

Galentine’s Day may be an unofficial holiday made up by a fictional character from a sitcom, but if it means we get one special day a year to share with our best lady friends, then count us in.

Originated by Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler’s character on Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s is celebrated on February 13 with our closest gal pals, when we lavish them with love much like we do our SO’s on February 14. Think Valentine’s but platonic.

G-Day is fast approaching and if you want in on the fun, keep scrolling for ideas on how to celebrate it with your friends.

Do Brunch A La Leslie Knope

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Leslie famously spent Galentine’s with her besties over a waffle brunch, so why not do the same? G-Day happens to fall on a Sunday this year, making it a perfect time to gather your squad for grub and gifts. Whether you decide to head out to your favorite restaurant or DIY it at home, the important thing is you’re all together and having fun. After all, the presence of friends may be all the therapy you need.

And oh, it’s even better when it spills over to lunch.

Enjoy A Spa Day

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Spa time is synonymous with self-care and it’s even better when you spend it with your best pals. Getting a relaxing spa treatment, eating a healthy meal, soaking in a hot tub, detoxing together or even getting a simple mani-pedi definitely sounds like a great way to pamper yourself along with your friends on Galentine’s Day.

And you know hard it is sometimes to get everyone to agree to an activity? Well, this one’s something they can’t say no to!

Indulge In Some Retail Therapy

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If you and your friends have the budget for it, a day of shopping is a fun activity that’s hard to resist. And even if your budget is tight, you can all set a spending limit and still make it fun just by being with one another. This is also a good time to treat each of your besties to a Galentine’s Day token.

Whether you’re wardrobe shopping or replenishing your beauty supplies, it’s always better when you do it with friends who can share their tips (and honest opinions).

Schedule A Zoom Cocktail Hour

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Of course, you might have friends who are too far away to spend Galentine’s Day with you physically. But if we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it’s that distance is not an issue. Make sure each of your pals has a free hour or two on that day, schedule a Zoom call, and chat away.

For friends who have never seen one another in years, a good conversation to catch up should be enough. But you can make it even more fun by turning it into a virtual drinking session, complete with games!