It's easy to feel left out of all the Valentine's Day hype when you’re single. Here are three ways to bust the Valentine's Day blues:
- Make plans with others. Often when we feel sad, we withdraw and isolate from others. Resist the urge to do this! This is the time when we need to be connecting with others to help pull us out of our funk. Make plans with family/friends to see a play or enjoy a concert.
- Change your perspective. It's easy to have a pity party for yourself when you’re feeling upset about being single. Again, resist the urge to do this! Change your perspective about Valentine's Day by highlighting that it's not just about couplehood, but about celebrating all forms of love. Reach out to friends and family and let them know how special they are to you. It’s a great day to honor special people in our lives and most of all, it's also about loving and taking care of ourselves.
- Give back to the community. Instead of focusing on all that you’re missing in your life because you're single, give back to the community by volunteering. Volunteering stimulates positive emotional health and it's also a great way to meet like-minded individuals. Walk dogs at a pet shelter, serve food at a homeless shelter.
Holidays can also trigger deeper issues such as anxiety and depression. Seeking help is sometimes the best gift we can give to ourselves.