It’s that time of the year again. The time when the entire world wants to brag about finding love and being in love. Everyone seems to be ready for this day except you. If there was a way, you would time travel past this period of time.
Valentine’s Day can be an extremely exciting day for some, and for others, well, the opposite. You may be single (against your wishes), and this can lead you down a path of loneliness and feeling insecure. While it may not have been the original idea, Valentine’s Day has been commercialised to a point where you simply can’t run from it. It’s everywhere – billboards, movies, songs, supermarkets, social media, and many other public spaces. So while the world may forcefully rope you up in it, you don’t have to endure Valentine’s Day blues.
Here are 6 ways to deal with Valentine’s Day blues.
1. Stay off social media
Someone once said that social media is all about competition, and they may just have a point. On Valentine’s Day, a lot of people will show the world how ‘in love’ they are. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, except that it may be detrimental to your mental health. It’s not a pretty scene to see your crush out on a date with his new girlfriend just a few weeks after he told you he wasn’t ready for commitment. The solution? Stay away from social media for a few days. It will help you prioritise what really matters.
2. Do it for yourself
So what if you don’t have a romantic partner to do all those rosy things with? The harsh truth is that you can’t wait forever for someone to buy you flowers. That someone may come along and be allergic to pollen, and then what? Buy them for yourself. Take yourself out to dinner and treat yourself to some candy. It might not be the same, but it sure will fill you with some happiness. Spend some money on yourself and you’ll remember that you are your own biggest fan. Learn to spend time by yourself. There is a lot of beauty and freedom in your solitude.
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3. Celebrate the love that you have around you
It’s true that we can’t compare romantic love to the love of family and friends. Each of these is unique. If you find that you have no romantic partner to spend Valentine’s Day with, then make someone else’s day. Celebrate the day with your best friends, your parents or siblings. Giving to others can make you feel just as joyful as receiving a gift. In fact, there’s a deeper level of personal satisfaction in giving than there is in receiving. It will also help you to move away from self-pity. You will realise that sometimes, love can be overrated and there’s a lot of joy in platonic relationships.
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4. Keep busy
Your mind has the ability to wander in the wrong direction if you let it. Fill up your day on Valentine’s Day. Start a project, go hiking, or do anything that will help you forget the torture of being single on Valentine’s Day. Before you know it, the nightmare will be over and life will be back to normal. Don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down. If it upsets you to think about it, then don’t. Find a distraction and let it keep you distracted until Valentine’s Day is finally over.
5. Have the right attitude
It’s okay to be single on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t mean that you will be single forever. Having the right attitude and staying positive will help you get through the day. Your relationship status does not define who you are. People often make gross generalizations and false statements based on how they feel in the moment. You find yourself thinking that you will be alone forever, and such thoughts are not based on fact, but rather fiction. The fact that you are alone now doesn’t mean that you will be alone forever.
6. Remember that it’s just one day, not the end of the world
Valentine’s Day lasts 24 hours, and not a second longer. You will not die because of not having a valentine. You’ll turn out just fine. So stop focusing so much on what you don’t have, and instead put that time and energy into something productive. Things will eventually go back to normal, and in less than two weeks you will probably wonder why you were so sad. Don’t let Valentine’s Day get to you. You are so much more than that.
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