When Valentine’s Day comes around, it isn’t unusual for people to feel stressed, overwhelmed, sad, or lonely. Single or taken, despite whichever “category” you may fall into, loving yourself is most important, as you can only truly love others to the fullest extent if you first care and look after yourself. Often those in relationships are so busy worrying about caring for and spoiling their loved ones, that they forget about how important it is that they show themselves love too. Often those who are single, feel unwanted, lonely, or are dreading being pitied by their friends who are in relationships.
Maybe you are mourning over a relationship that ended, or maybe you are worried about selecting the right present, spending too much money, etc. Regardless of if you are single or in a relationship, it is easy to stress around this holiday. Whatever you are feeling, set your worries and expectations aside this Valentine’s Day and take steps in the direction of loving yourself.
Have some “Me Time”
Take some time out to appreciate yourself. Whether this means booking yourself a day at the spa or throwing on your favorite and most comfy sweats, ordering Chinese, grabbing a bottle of wine, and cozying up in front of the TV for your favorite movie, do something for yourself. Set aside a little “me” time to relax.
Journaling is a great practice that is super beneficial for one’s mental health when carried out regularly. If you are feeling a bit sad or stressed this coming Valentine’s Day, try journaling. Every day, write down 5 things you are grateful for, and 5 things that you love about yourself. Write down your good feelings, and your bad feelings, and try to get to the root and cause of those feelings. Journaling is great for anyone and everyone, and can be especially beneficial for those who struggle with self-love.
Do something you love
What do you love to do? What makes you feel good? What makes you feel happy? Whether it is taking a warm bath with your favorite book and a glass of wine or having a marathon of your favorite movies, playing guitar, going for a run, do something that makes you feel good.
Spend time with your family or close friends
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about romantic love, but a celebration of love in general. Utilize this holiday as a day to cherish your loved ones, friends and family. Spend time with your single friends or hang out with family at home, whatever you do, embrace the gift of love.
Self-love isn’t just something that you should practice on Valentine’s Day, but all year round. If you struggle with low self-esteem, depression, or loving yourself, you are not alone. If you are among the large percentage of Americans who struggle with low self-esteem, consider speaking to a professional here at Lifeworks. Our Carrolton therapy center has a team of specialized and experienced counseling experts who can help you with your mental and emotional health. Call us today to schedule an appointment.