Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa is hard. The pain, the fatigue, the loneliness? All of it can become too much.

This Valentine’s day, we propose that you make the most of it. Celebrate the love with a significant other, family member or friend and try to focus on the love and support that surrounds you.

To make it easier for you, we have put together 10 fun ideas you can do from the comfort of your own home.

1. Have a Valentine’s Bake-off

Who doesn’t love a good bake-off? Get those oven gloves and aprons on and head to the kitchen for a friendly competition to see who can make the best Valentine’s day dessert. Extra points if it’s heart shaped.

2. Have an indoor picnic

Picnic’s are a really thoughtful gesture. Don’t let the cold weather stop you. Break out the checkered tablecloth and a few cushions and enjoy some delicious food.

3. Host a wine and cheese night

Perfect for groups dates or groups of friends. How it works: everyone must bring their favourite bottle of wine and a cheese to match. Enjoy the night tasting and sampling a little bit of everything.

4. Take a relaxing bath

Turn on the hot water, add your favourite essentials oil, dim the lights, light the candles, turn on the music and let your troubles melt away.

5. Plan a movie marathon

Get cosy by re-watching some of the romantic classics like The Notebook, P.S. I love you or Sleepless in Seattle.

6. Book an at-home massage/facial

Transform your home into a spa. If you can’t book an at-home massage, take turns giving each other one.

7. Stretch it out

Look up a YouTube tutorial and take the time to unwind and remember the importance of self-care, one breath at a time.

8. Make a scrapbook of your relationship

Gather up all the memories you have at hand – pictures, concert tickets, cinema stubs and so on. Sit together and make a beautiful book of memories that you will both treasure.

9. Breakfast in bed

Treat your significant other (or yourself) to a yummy breakfast in bed. Lounge around and enjoy the change of pace from the usual hustle and bustle in the mornings.

10. Host a games night

Invite over your friends and laugh the night away.

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