Your Mental Health on Valentine's Day

on February 10, 2012

by Kim

So Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you're feeling a little less than excited? You're not alone! The commercialization of Valentine’s Day leads many of us to feel apathetic about this particular holiday. The endless commercials, magazine articles, and billboards covered in beautiful, grinning people giving each other chocolates, jewellery and red roses can create enormous strain. The focus on material goods sends the message that your love for others can be measured by how much you spend on them. People who are in relationships stress about what to get each other (Will they like it? Will it be good enough?). Those who don’t have a partner can sometimes feel sad or isolated, as they observe couples in love around them.

If you’re feeling down about Valentine’s Day, I’d like to propose some strategies to help you make the best of it.

Try to think of Valentine’s Day as a time to celebrate all of your relationships – not just your romantic ones. Instead of trying to prove your love for someone through a single day of gifts and grand gestures, take the time to show your appreciation for the people in your life who are important to you the other 364 days of the year. Make the effort to spend time with them – take them out for a coffee, give them a quick phone call, or even send them an email to let them know you are thinking of them. These small gestures cost next to nothing, but can be incredibly rewarding and meaningful. So reach out to someone this Valentine’s Day by simply sharing your day with them – you will make them feel special, and may be surprised at how good you feel as well!

Show your love for yourself on Valentine’s Day. Pamper yourself, get dressed up, make your favourite meal or dessert, or do an activity that you enjoy. If you are feeling stressed out, do something to help you relax. You can try yoga, meditation, taking a brisk walk, or soaking in a bubble bath. Whatever you do, use the day as an opportunity to appreciate yourself and do something that is just for you!

Have other thoughts about how to ease Valentine’s Day stress? Share them here! We look forward to hearing your ideas!


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