1. Celebrate YOU!
Just because you’re single (or in a relationship but celebrating alone), doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate the most important person in your life. YOU! Valentine’s day is the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself. Make your favorite foods or get some take-out, prepare a bubble bath, go get a manicure, whatever it is — treat yourself to something you know will relieve your stress and make you feel good about yourself.
2. Show all your relationships some love
Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be just about romantic relationships. Take a break from all the lovey-dovey stuff in your social media feeds. Celebrate new and old friendships alike by throwing an Anti-Valentine’s Day get-together or enjoying a night in, watching your favorite TV shows.
3. Remember your love is not equal to money
Do you hear the words “Valentine’s Day” and immediately picture fancy dinners and expensive gifts? Don’t set yourself up for failure. Remember that these expectations might be unrealistic not only for your (or your partner’s) budget but also in your personal life. Most importantly, remember that your love does not equate to the amount of money you’re able to spend on your partner.
4. Take a break from social media
It’s always fun to see what your friends and family are up to but social media can also take a toll on your mental health. Remember that pictures on social media platforms like Instagram are curated images, not real representations of their daily lives. In fact, 1 in 3 Canadian couples living together argues at least once a week (CMHA).
5. Speak to someone
Speak to a friend or try writing your feelings down. Coping mechanisms can do us a world of good when implemented correctly. If your feelings of loneliness and/or worthlessness last, consider speaking to someone.