Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a holiday about love and chocolate, but it can bring a lot of pressure and plenty of people experience low self-esteem as a result, whether they’re single, in a new relationship, or married. There’s this idea that even if we’re part of a couple, it has to be a perfect relationship and we have to have this perfect Valentine’s celebration, but the reality is that nothing is perfect. So no matter what your relationship status is this February 14th, these tips can help you get through Valentine’s Day and feel good about it.
- Be all about that self-care - Shake off the Valentine’s Day negativity by taking plenty of time for self-care in whatever form feels right for you. Don’t wait for someone else to bring you flowers, get them for yourself, or treat yourself to some candy or a mani/pedi or anything that gives you a boost and brightens your day.
- Focus on all types of love - Valentine’s Day isn’t just about couples, it can celebrate all types of love, so reach out to your friends and family to tell them you love them and let that boost you up.
- Make other plans - If you feel like your self-esteem will take a hit on February 14th, turn it into something you’ll look forward to by making plans that get you excited. Book a beach vacation or even brunch with a friend to improve your mood.
- Get out & volunteer - Giving back feels good, helps others, and keeps you from feeling isolated and alone.
- Treat it like any other day - Stick to your regular routine and ignore the hyped-up holiday if you’re not into celebrating this year. It’s still just another Thursday.
- Practice gratitude - Research has shown that gratitude can boost your overall well-being and this is a great time to test if for yourself. Help shift your mindset by keeping a gratitude journal to remind you about all the things in your life that you’re thankful for.