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Top Tips for Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

<p>There is a lot of pressure around Valentine&rsquo;s Day.&nbsp; Whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, there is just a lot of pressure around celebrating the holiday &ldquo;right&rdquo;.&nbsp; There is some sort of myth that couples have to be romantic and smitten on this special February day, and that those who are single, regardless of the reason, have to be miserable and embarrassed as everyone else around them celebrates. But, is that really what it&rsquo;s about?</p> <p><strong>The truth about Valentine&rsquo;s Day</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There are so many fantastic ways that you can celebrate this holiday, regardless of your relationship status.&nbsp; In fact, it can be one of the best things that you can do for your mental health because it is the perfect holiday to practice self-care in a totally personalized way.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Not sure just how to do that on a couple-themed holiday?&nbsp; Here are some tips to give you some support in just that area!</p> <p><strong>Top tips for truly enjoy Valentine&rsquo;s Day</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>Don&rsquo;t overspend to make a positive impression:</strong> Whether you&rsquo;re shopping for a special someone, or just taking a look at some treats for your friends and other loved ones, be careful with price tags.&nbsp; Sure, that fancy necklace is going to look pretty, but if the small teddy bear and delicious chocolate bar would make them even happier, go with that option!&nbsp; The goal on Valentine&rsquo;s Day is to get something special for someone that they will love.</li> <li><strong>Limit social media posts:</strong> People love bragging about their special someone on Valentine&rsquo;s Day.&nbsp; There is absolutely something wrong with this, of course, but it can make even the most self-assured person doubtful of their plans or relationship status.&nbsp; Or both.&nbsp; For your own sake, limit access to social media and simply enjoy your day without feeling the pressure to have it look a certain way!</li> <li><strong>Focus as much attention on your non-romantic relationships:</strong> Regardless of how you are celebrating, or with whom, make sure that you focus some attention on non-romantic relationships.&nbsp; It can be as much fun -- if not more-so -- to give gifts and shower love and affection on your bestie, or your sister or brother, or even a parent.&nbsp; Go for it!&nbsp; It also helps you remember what the day is all about -- love!</li> <li><strong>Check in with a professional:</strong> Feeling blue?&nbsp; It happens.&nbsp; If you have access to a counsellor, or even to a helpline, make sure that you take care of yourself and do so.&nbsp; Just getting a professional&rsquo;s perspective on things can help you see the doubts for what they are.&nbsp; You deserve to have the same enjoyment of this holiday as everyone else, and a professional can often help remind you of that.</li> <li><strong>Treat yourself:</strong> There is no better way to celebrate than treating yourself!&nbsp; Whether it is a mani-pedi, a movie night in your jammies, or just a delicious meal, go for it!&nbsp; What a fantastic way to show some love for yourself, too!</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Valentine&rsquo;s Day can be a blast, regardless of your relationship status, and these tips will help you prioritize your mental health and actually make it a positive day without pressure or stress taking away from it!</p>