Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a day that may have some feeling sad and anxious. There is a lot of hype surrounding this day. The media tells us we should be madly in love and strive towards having the “perfect” relationship like we see on TV commercials and in movies. They show us that perfect mate, with a beautiful face and body, who says the most profound, loving things. And if that’s not enough, they want us to long for the perfect gift!
Relationships come in all shapes and sizes. For those who are single, remember that your friends and family are also important relationships. They can be the perfect company for a Friday that just happens to also be Valentine’s Day.
Here are some things you can do to make your Valentine’s Day special:
1- Call some friends of family members and make dinner plans. Celebrate the fact that it’s Friday.
2- Watch a movie you’ve been dying to see. If you’d rather not be alone, invite someone to watch it with you.
3- Buy yourself that “perfect” piece of jewelry, flowers, or chocolates. You’ll be sure to get exactly what you want if you buy it yourself.
4- Buy a single friend flowers or chocolates, you’ll make their day.
5- Set up a “secret cupid” gift sharing with friends so you all get something special and unexpected on Valentine’s Day.
6- Volunteer to work with those less fortunate or with animals.
7- Tell people what you need so they can be there for you.
8- Pamper yourself or make a plan to pamper yourself so you have something to look forward to.
I invite you to read a fuller version of this article which can be found at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-without-anxiety/201402/single-valentines-day