Valentine's Day can be a lonely time and although the holiday has this "OMG I'M SINGLE *DOWNS BOTTLE OF WINE AND CRIES TO BRIDGET JONES MOVIES*" type humour surrounding it, feeling alone really is no laughing matter!
Valentine's Day can be a trigger for all sorts of anxieties!
So here are 5 mindful ways to regain perspective this Valentine's Day...
1) Avoid Social Media
If (like me), you have ZERO self-control when it comes to social media, download (OFF TIME). This app forces you to take a break and is great!
2) Practice Self Care
Self-care is SO KEY FOR GOOD MENTAL HEALTH! Self-care varies from anything as simple as lighting a scented candle you like, to turning off your phone at night so you can relax better, to finally booking that appointment with your GP about that thing you're embarrased about! Whatever it is that you feel like you need to do to care for yourself, do it now!
For Singletons: That book/candle/outfit/bottle of wine you've been saving for a "special occasion"? STAHP AND ENDULGE NOW! Your life should be one big special occasion, baby!
If you're in a relationship: Whatever it is that you like to do to unwind together, do it today! Country walks, gaming, Netflix and chill, reading? The options are endless!
3) Get Together With Friends
4) Extend Your Love
Extending your love and gratitude to other people goes a long way...
Why not send a postcard/text/call/Skype or even visit your grandparents/parents/cousins/nieces/nephews/siblings. Yep, that means leaving the house and putting on actual outside-clothes! Heck, if you really want to get into the spirit you could bake some Valentine's treats to take with you, delicious!
If you fancy extending that kindness a little further why not...
- Take cards, blankets and food parcels round to your local homeless shelter.
- Write a few letters and drop them into your local Care Home.
- Take a box of chocolates to workers at your local A&E.
There are a lot of people who will be spending this Valentine's Day alone and extending your kindness to them is a great way to gain perspective! :)