Valentine’s is not what it seems; it’s actually just another holiday.
You’ve got weeks until Valentine’s, so you’re starting to see your online personalities talk about their wonderful events they’ll be attending.
If you’re single and feeling lonely and worthless at this time of the year—you’re not alone.
According to a recent study by the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in three Canadians isn’t satisfied with his or her romantic relationships. And nearly half of us would rather have more close friendships than fewer.
For those who are in relationships, it may seem like a long list of unrealistic expectations, including fairytale-like date nights, perfect presents, and chocolates, but a simple Google image searches will show the vast amounts of stress and worry Valentine’s brings into people’s daily lives.
According to the American Psychological Association, one third of Americans report feeling more dread than happiness for the holiday.
Whether you’re single or in a relationship Valentine’s Day affects everyone. For some people, it’s a time when they may feel lonely or sad because they don’t have someone special in their life.
#1 Speak to Someone
Speaking to a friend or writing down your thoughts can help you cope with negative emotions. If these emotions persist, speak to someone.
#2 Take a Break From Social Media
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter can be addictive for some people. They’re often used by people who live in close proximity to one another, so they tend to share similar things. If you feel overwhelmed by these sites, consider taking them down for a few days.
#3 Remember Your Love Is Not Equal to Money
Valentine’s Day is coming up fast. If you’re planning to buy an expensive gift for your loved one, don’t forget that your relationship doesn’t necessarily mean you can afford to spend lots of money on them.
Also, keep in mind that your relationship isn’t defined by the amount of money you spend on each other.
#4 Show All Your Relationships Some Love
Don’t let Valentine’s Day become all about romance. Instead, take some time off from all the mushy things going on in your social media feeds and celebrate friendship instead.
Throw a party for friends, watch movies together, or spend the evening at home playing board games.
#5 Celebrate YOU!
Just because you’re single (or in a committed partnership) doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the company of others.
You may not be able to share a meal together, but you can certainly spend quality time with friends and family. Go ahead and indulge in a little self-care; after all, who says you should only do so during romantic times?
Whether you choose to cook a special dinner for one or simply order pizza, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t spoil yourself just because you’re single.