When it comes to love, it can be wonderful, but also unpredictable, surprising, and sometimes even damaging to our mental health.
The tips below will encourage you to start showing yourself the love that you deserve and help you cope with Valentine’s Day in a more positive way, whether you love it, or hate it.
#1 Take some quiet time
If you’re feeling vulnerable and want to avoid a lot of romantic posts on Valentine’s Day that might damage your self-esteem (whether you want it to or not), take the day off from social media and spend time developing yourself instead. Read a book you’ve always wanted to read, spend some time cooking your favourite meal, or go and take up a new class—invest in yourself. If not, just remember to take everything for what it is – just a post on social media, and not always an accurate representation.
#2 Listen to your favourite music
Nothing gets you moving like listening to your favourite tune. It doesn't matter if you love metal, pop or EDM, music can help boost your mood and help you cope with bigger issues at hand.
Listening to music has proven to:
- elevate your mood and motivation
- aid relaxation
- increase the efficiency of your brain processing
‘It's indescribable how listening to a song can change everything. It's said that a powerful enough song can even change your life. Music can even teach what humanity cannot always – how to be human, live, feel and love. I'd recommend to anyone that if things aren't going right, and you don't know what to do, just turn up some good music, and tune out for a few minutes before you attempt to figure everything out again.’
#3 Wear something that makes you feel great
When we are not feeling like our best selves, the instinct is to stay in our pj's all day. Our mood reflects what we wear and vice versa. Dressing up can take extra effort, but it also feels good, especially if you receive additional compliments. A new study suggests what many women have experienced: dressing in nicer clothes makes you feel better.
So next time you're feeling low, try wearing a nice outfit or something that makes you feel great. You may be surprised by the results.
#4 Organise a space in your home
A person's home environment has a large impact on their emotions. Because our rooms are considered to be our safe space, making it orderly and clutter-free as possible can greatly contribute to our mental health. Studies have shown that when a room is messy, this can cause feelings of disorganisation and over-stimulation. Tidying up an area of your home or rearranging your furniture can stimulate your brain in new ways. Small touches can make a big difference, why not try:
- Rearranging furniture
- Adding art and a pop of colour
- Sourcing bright lighting
- Adding aromatherapy and calming scents
- Touches of greenery
#5 Play with your pets
Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets can also provide valuable companionship for older adults.
Whether you’re single, dating, in a relationship, or just enjoying time to yourself, self-care is for everyone and extremely valuable to self- growth, development and enduring happiness.