The thought of spending Valentine’s day alone may bring up feelings of sadness for some people. In certain cases, it may cause anxious or depressed feelings for those who don’t have a significant other. This Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to view and spend the day a little differently. Sometimes a new perspective can make a difference in how you feel and act throughout the day.
Instead of looking at February 14th as a cruel holiday for single people, I invite you to think of it as a moment to reflect. Take this time to treat yourself and to see that you are your most loyal companion. The fact is, you spend more time with yourself than anyone else does! You must be the one to show yourself love first and foremost. Here are some activities you can do that will help you shift your focus and avoid falling into a negative mindset this Valentine’s Day.
- Spend time with other single people – Valentine’s Day is a holiday to be spent with people you love, not only significant others. So, find some single friends and go out for dinner and a movie. Love is love, and this is the day we’ve set to represent it.
- Set a date with yourself – Another possibility you have is to make this day all about you. Set up a spa day and pamper yourself or buy yourself a pair of new sneakers, whatever makes you happy! Think about you and how much love you have. The moment you show appreciation, love, and accept yourself it will show. You will attract someone that mirrors the relationship you have with yourself.
- Do something nice for others – Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, look at what you do have; love to give. Spread the love. Turn that sadness into an act of kindness. You can volunteer at your place of worship, take some flowers or stuffed animals to children at a hospital, or help someone walk across the street. Simple gestures that show you’re full of love will make others around you feel good and you will feel the same by your selfless actions.
- Treat it like any other day – If you don’t put too much thought into Valentines Day, you’ll just go through the day like it’s any other day. Don’t change your daily routine just because you’re single on Valentines Day. The key is to be yourself on this day.
Use these tips and make sure you do something to add to the amount of love you have for yourself. Make Valentine’s Day a day to spread the love, have it mean something more than just flowers and chocolates from that special someone. Remember, any healthy loving relationship starts with caring and loving yourself first. Let this Valentine’s Day be the start of an everlasting love story with the most important person in your life, you.