Navigating Anxiety around Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, often referred to as the day of love, can leave you feeling anxious or sad whether you are single or in a relationship. Notice what you’re feeling around the “Day of Love” and try out some of these helpful tips if you start to feel overwhelmed.

For those that are in a romantic relationship, try to set healthy and realistic expectations for any plans. Keep in mind that you and your partner are both human; you make mistakes, have bad days, and have busy lives. It is important to communicate with your partner, let them know what you think would be special, or if it would be more convenient to celebrate another day.

For those of you that are single, make this Valentine’s Day all about showing yourself love and appreciation. Grab a journal or notebook and write out a list of 10 things that make you feel your happiest. It could be anything from eating your favorite food, to spending time with a close friend, to watching your favorite show in bed. After you’ve created your list, pick one item and do that thing that brings you joy on Valentine’s Day to show yourself some love!

For anyone spending the day alone, this is an opportunity to think about the people who make you feel loved and express your gratitude for them. Write a list of all the people that you love and why you’re grateful for them. Spread the love by sending them a text message or handwritten note of why you love them.

Writing a letter of gratitude can lessen the feelings of anxiety and uneasiness. Give yourself the words of affirmation that you need to hear by writing a letter of gratitude to yourself! Or write a letter of gratitude to your significant other to refocus your relationship. Write about what brought you together and how you can continue to grow.

However you spend your Valentine’s Day, know that your feelings are always valid, and that you are so loved.