With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up in the expectation to have the “perfect day.” During this time it’s important to remember that dread surrounding Valentine’s Day is not only normal but justified. It makes sense to feel more depressed and anxious whether you’re single, in a long-term married relationship, or anything in between.
If you’re struggling to cope with the unwanted pressure that often accompanies Valentine’s Day consider the following to stay positive and find some relief.
1. First, on a day that places so much value on romantic relationships, it’s important to remember your support system. Perhaps that means defying the traditions of Valentine’s Day by hosting a “Galentines” get-together with friends and family.
2. Be patient with yourself. Recognize that you are an inherently valuable individual that deserves to feel self-love.
3. Practice mindfulness and grounding techniques in order to find personal calm.
4. Engage in self-care. This can be as simple as taking a warm bath, washing your face, or taking a nap. Pamper yourself.
The weeks and days surrounding Valentine’s Day can be a difficult time for so many people. The pressure to have an amazing day can lead to anxiety and depression. Hopefully, some of these techniques can help bring some calm to this holiday.