Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching; it will be here any minute! With Valentine’s Day coming up, having a mix of feelings is understandable. This Day is typically associated with fairy tale movies, commercials about love, and an endless stream of social media posts from people in relationships. Add in a worldwide pandemic, and it can make for a stressful and lonely day for those who may be single or away from loved ones. With an unprecedented year behind us and hope on the horizon in 2022, here are a few ways to celebrate self-care and self-compassion and combat loneliness on Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Focus on you
Show love for yourself and appreciation for the love surrounding you in whatever simple self-care activities bring you joy, rest, or relaxation. Connect with an old friend, take a nap, give that new hobby you’ve been thinking about finally a try, enjoy the outdoors, or treat yourself to your favorite food. You’ll be surprised how quickly simple pleasures can elevate your mood.
Look for the good
It can be hard to focus on the positive things in your life at the moment when the world is so chaotic. Instead, look for the good: write down or say out loud three things you’re grateful for.
Catch up with an old friend
When times are tough, you want your best friends close by. For Valentine’s Day, that means safely social distancing or reaching out via Zoom. Use this time to reminisce about old times, and don’t be afraid to open up about what you’re feeling. Sharing what’s bothering you is a great way to lift a weight off your shoulders. Chances are that your friends are experiencing similar stressors.
Having something to do on Valentine’s Day (for yourself or with others) can help take your mind off of things. Host a movie or game night with your “pandemic-safe” circle of friends or gather virtually. The most important thing is that you’re surrounding yourself with people who love and support you and make you feel good.
Do a random act of kindness
When we do something kind or thoughtful for others, our feeling of well-being is boosted. For instance, write a sweet letter to a loved one or surprise them by sending them their favorite sweets.
Remember to seek support if you need it
It’s OK to ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, ECDA has an array of resources to help you through whatever you’re feeling. Reach out for help; whether it’s a friend or a professional, you can always talk to someone. If you would like to speak to a professional, give us a call at (818) 898-0223 to speak to our Intake Team and to schedule your appointment.