For those who are single or alone, Valentine’s Day can be one of the worst days of the year. The constant advertising, shop displays, soppy social media updates and couples looking lovingly into each other’s eyes over a romantic meal do nothing more than highlight feelings of loneliness and anxiety.
If this sounds familiar the tips below may help you get through and even enjoy the annual celebration of love.
Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year so the great news is you don’t have to listen to people talking about it at work and you can do whatever you want for the whole day. Have a lie in, treat yourself to your favourite foods, hit the spa or the golf course or arrange to do something with fellow singletons who will also welcome the distraction.
Avoid love triggers
For some reason when we’re feeling down in the dumps we tend to dwell on this sadness and make things worse for ourselves. If you’re upset about being alone on Valentine’s Day avoid the inevitable. Take a day off social media because those who are loved up will be gushing about their partners, avoid watching romantic movies and listening to love songs are off the menu too.
Remember that it’s just a day
Just because couples are surprising each other with flower deliveries, cute ‘I love you’ teddy bears and romantic meals out - it does not mean that this is what everyday life is like for those in a relationship. Valentine’s Day is just a day and all relationships have problems so try not to get carried away with the idea that relationships are all rose petals, chocolates and romantic gestures.
Brighten someone else’s day
If you know someone else who is dreading Valentine’s Day then why not surprise them with a little gift or gesture to cheer them up? They will be so touched that someone was thinking of them and their happiness will undoubtedly help to cheer yourself up as well.
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