What is Galentine's Day? "It's only the best day of the year," said Leslie Knope, creator of Valentine's Day and queen of my heart. Seriously, for any Parks and Rec fans out there, you know exactly what Galentine's Day is. But even if you've never seen the show or heard of the holiday, don't worry — it's easy to get on board.
Basically, Galentine's Day takes place the day before Valentine's Day aka Feb. 13 and, rather than the focus being on your romantic relationships (like it's the only thing going on in your life), the focus is on the amazing women you have around you. Because so many of us spend way to much time talking and thinking about sex and dating and relationships, while our female friendships—the relationships in your life that normally last— are just taken as a given. So take some time to nurture yourselves and your friendships.
"A lot of the time, women are socialized to give give give," Erika Martinez, Psy.D., licensed psychologist from Envision Wellness. "And when women take ownership of themselves by taking care of themselves too, it's a form of self-care. You are healthier, you have more of you to give, you're happier, you're more whole."
Because aren't they worth celebrating? Here are some ways to celebrate Galentine's Day, because you and your crew are worth it: