What Does Cupid Do to Your Mental Wellness?

So it’s Valentine’s Day, and though its intention may be to establish time to celebrate love, maybe you’re not feeling the love for this holiday. Billboards, magazines, and commercials depicting beautiful happy people sharing and extravagant dinner and exchanging gifts can create stress and anxiety.  People who are in relationships question what to get each other: Will it be good enough? Am I spending enough money? And, those who don’t have a partner can sometimes feel sad or alone at a time when love is the theme of the day –thus, the common vernacular of “Singles Awareness Day.”

If Valentine’s Day is leaving you feeling anything less than excited, our gift to you is a list of strategies that may help lift your spirit:

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate all your relationships

You don’t need a special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Your parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, mentors, friends and colleagues all play a special role in your life.  Today is a perfect opportunity to show them how much they really mean to you.

Your love is not equal to gifts and money

It’s important to remember that your love for someone is not measured by the gift or the amount of money that you spend. A simple “I love you” or a handmade card can mean just as much (if not more) than anything you can buy in a store.  And remember if you receive a gift, it truly is the thought that matters.

Show yourself how much you love YOU

This is the essence of My Mental Health Day and Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to  pamper yourself. Go to the spa, soak in the tub, sleep in a little later—whatever it is that makes you feel a little less stressed and a bit more relaxed. This day is an opportunity to love  yourself and appreciate your needs as much as it is a day to recognize the other important people in your life.

Do you have more tips to subdue those Valentine’s woes?

If you have additional tips to reduce stress and anxiety, we would love to share them. Please feel free to comment or pass along your personal strategies.

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And as always, if you are feeling blue and want to talk, there is someone to listen. In Montgomery County you can call the hotline at 301-738-CALL. The national hotline is 1-800-273-TALK.

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