While Valentine’s Day is a fun and special holiday to look forward to, for single people out there, Valentine’s Day can be a lonely and listless time. However, there are strategies that can help you make Valentine’s Day a celebratory occasion even if you are “valentine-less.”
· Take an inventory of everyone who has impacted your life in a positive way, be it friends, family, mentors or acquaintances. Take time to express your appreciation by sending them a card, e-mailing them a poem that shows your gratitude if you are feeling extra energized, or baking them a tasty dessert.
· Volunteer for a cause that you are passionate about such as helping the homeless or reach out to someone whom you know may be going through an especially difficult time during this time of year. For example, if you know one who is grieving a loss, reach out to them. The caring that you show now can yield rewards down the road.
· Make someone’s day by paying it forward. Knowing that you have received a lot of love and support from others, allow someone to have your parking spot or give someone your spot in the grocery line. A generous spirit helps to create a closer connection with others will inspire your internal joy and self love.
· Use this time to mend strained friendships and relationships with others. Simply sending a card, picking up the phone or sending them an e-mail with the intention of resolving differences and creating a fresh start can go a long way in reigniting connections that may have withered from disagreement or lack of contact.
· Remind yourself of all of the goals that you have accomplished and special moments that you have experienced with key people in your life by making a list of 10 experiences that have enhanced your life in some way. Include a short phrase that specifies how the experience impacted your life. It will leave you feeling inspired and help you look forward to future uplifting experiences to come.
· While you are yearning for a special someone to spend Valentine’s Day with, embrace all of things in the present moment that you have to be thankful for such as fulfilling work, strong friendships and family ties or good health. This will help you to stay encouraged and find comfort in the place that you are at right now.
· Be your own Valentine by treating yourself to something special- a massage, watching a good movie, getting together with friends or a favorite gourmet meal, guilt-free.
Valentine’s Day can be a time of celebration for singles as well as couples. For more information on this topic, visit the following link.