Surviving Valentine’s Day: A Guide

During the month of February, many of us will find ourselves coming face-to-face with pink and red balloons, chocolate, flowers, and candy. It’s almost impossible to avoid. With the media and retailers telling us that Feb. 14th is the day we must tell our significant others that we love them; it can feel like a lot of pressure. Shouldn’t we let them know how we feel on a regular basis? In addition, for those of us who are unintentionally single, it can be a frustrating reminder of our relationship status. If this sounds like you, then here are some tips to help you survive Valentine’s Day.

Have a date night… on Feb 13th
I say why wait.  Sure you won’t get to make that reservation and order from the special Valentine’s Day menu. You’ll miss getting packed-into the restaurant like a can of sardines with all the other “Valentines”. But you’ll actually be able to enjoy yourself and have a conversation that doesn’t involve having to yell to be heard above noise of other dinners.

Have a girls night
For the ladies, this could be a great opportunity to connect with your girlfriends. It’s very easy to get wrapped-up in the day-to-day stresses of life. We can lose touch with the fact that we haven’t been connecting with those closest to us. Maintaining meaningful connection is vital to our well-being. So why not use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to do just that!

Have a guys night
For the guys, this could be great opportunity for a guys night out or in. You could choose one of your “man caves” for a night of video games or watching a game and ordering pizza. It could also be a good time go to Dave & Buster’s or someplace else to hangout. The point is to do something fun with people you care about.

Have a game night
How about organizing a game night? Bring out the boards games and enjoy shouting out answers to Taboo or Pictionary. Test your financial chops in a game of Monopoly or stretch your brain with a game of Cranium. Think back to your childhood and bring out an oldie but goodie.

Just relax
Most of us feel the pressure to be busy at all times. So much so that when we have some downtime, we may experience guilt and feel like we’re supposed to be “doing something productive.” This is a great opportunity to just relax. Put on your favorite fuzzy socks and grab a cup of hot chocolate. Pick-up that book you’ve been meaning to read. Get started on that new hobby you’ve been putting off.

Be okay doing nothing special at all
Finally, feel free to do nothing special at all! Do not allow the external pressure to cause you to feel that you have to do something on Valentine’s Day because you don’t. In the end, it is just another day, so you are free to choose how to spend it.

One important thing that we can take from Valentine’s Day is the reminder to let the people we care about know that we love them. I encourage you to not wait until a holiday tells you to do so, but to let your loved ones know how you feel everyday.

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