Celebrate The Ways Other Women Give You Strength
Valentine’s Day always seems like a fun day for people in love, but, at times, it can be rife with tension. With the pressure on partnered people to express love through grand gestures or to give expensive gifts, the holiday can be romantic at best and stressful at worst.
Some singles have tried to put a positive spin on the holiday and created Singles Awareness Day, usually celebrated the day following Valentine’s Day on February 15. For some, however, neither Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day feels quite right. Cut to Galentine’s Day. Celebrated on February 13 and introduced in 2010 on the comedy series Parks and Recreation, this day allows women to celebrate platonic love with their closest female friends.
Bonds between women can be powerful. Even for those with romantic partners, female friendships are a great way to receive emotional support, advice, and even constructive criticism. Beyond the benefits of having friends to discuss goals, relationships, work, and other life events, strong female connections can also benefit hormonal responses. That’s because they help people find community, a sense of purpose, and well-being.
A UCLA study found that women and men deal with stress differently, and their friendships may help counteract that stress. For women, female friends can help them cope with life events outside of their marriage/partner, decrease stress, and live healthier as they age.
11 Ideas for Galentine’s Day
The pandemic has put a damper on many of our plans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t safely celebrate Galentine’s Day with your closest friends. February 13 is on a Sunday this year so you can take advantage of the weekend day to celebrate. Here are a few ideas for what you can do with the women in your life you love most:
Celebrate with a beautiful breakfast spread or go out for Sunday brunch.
Try an outdoor picnic with delicious snacks if it’s warm enough in your area.
Have a Zoom hang where you and your closest girlfriends talk about your life updates, aspirations, or give each other advice and encouragement.
Call a treasured friend.
Send texts telling your girlfriends you are grateful for their friendship.
Have a movie night in — watching your favorite feminst rom-coms.
Cook an elaborate meal together to challenge your culinary skills.
Take a self-guided tour through a new part of your city or neighborhood together.
Have an arts and crafts night while watching your favorite bad reality tv show.
Visit a winery if one is open for in-person visits near you. If not, do some wine tastings at home or over Zoom.
Take a virtual class together to develop a new fun skill.
Celebrate All the Gals in Your Life, Regardless of Whether They’re Close Friends
Sometimes, making friends can be a challenge, but Galentine’s Day doesn’t need to be limited to celebrating those you’re close to. You may spend the day expressing gratitude for the women in your networking groups who have helped you professionally. Perhaps you can appreciate the women in your gym or who lead workout classes who keep you motivated. If you’re part of a religious or spiritual group, consider honoring the women who help you find inner peace and community. Consider the women in your book club or hobby group. No matter your relationship or bond with them, you can celebrate their positive presence in your life.
Put Your Own Spin on Galentine’s Day
Galentine’s Day may have begun as a tradition for women only, but nonbinary, genderfluid people, and even men can put their own spin on the holiday. Platonic friendships and chosen family are always something to celebrate. Is February 13 a busy or inconvenient day for you? You can find creative ways to hang out with your closest friends in-person or online. Additionally, you can also celebrate Friendship Day, traditionally commemorated on the first Sunday of August.
The Bottom Line
Galentine’s Day is a fun way to celebrate your female friendships. No matter how you choose to spend the day, it’s a good time to reflect on the ways your friends can give you love, support, and strength. Enjoy a fun activity with friends and let them know how much you care!