- Do something for you. Instead of ignoring the day, go out and treat yourself to something special. It can be a hobby or your favorite meal. Just do something you enjoy.
- Do not bash yourself for being single. There is nothing wrong with you if you aren’t in a relationship. Do not let a relationship determine your worth. Do not let a holiday dictate your comfort level.
- Have a singles night. If you know other single people, plan a night to go out together. It can be comforting to be in the company of others that share the same experiences. If you don’t have any single friends, check for single events in your city. This can be a great way to meet new people.
- Focus on the positive. Work on highlighting the things that are going well for you no matter how big or small they are. Do not let one day make you forget about all the good you have going for you.
- Support Someone. Do you know someone who is recently single? Divorced? Widowed? Spread love to each other. Take the time to reflect on the love you have for one another. This will be healing for you both.
The days surrounding Valentine’s Day can be hard on many people, but they do not have to be. This time should be used to focus on uplifting yourself and appreciating the things that are going well for you. It is not uncommon to experience feelings of loneliness or depression around this time of year, however, if these feeling persist it may be best to reach out to a professional. The therapists here at Philadelphia MFT are skilled in helping people navigate through these feelings. Do not hesitate to contact us.
This topic of the week was written by Malyka Cardwell, MFT