Valentine’s Day is again quickly approaching us (14th February). Every year, couples go to great lengths to show each other just how much they love one another. But it’s not just for couples! Valentine’s Day is also a chance to show how much someone means to you including mum, dad, brothers, sisters, grandmas and grandpas.
Throughout the day we see news and social media highlighting the most grandest of gestures across the globe. New York City undoubtably goes above and beyond every year with their celebrations. You might have seen this clip on US Talkshow Ellen. Ellen helped a viewer, Wendell, plan the perfect surprise proposal on the show. His girlfriend, Nina, will never forget her romantic Valentine's Day! There are even volunteer teams like Erika Anderson’s ‘Army of Lovers’, who focus on making total strangers feel special on the day of love.
Yet amongst all the love and happiness spread on this day, there is gloominess. For some, their loved one is no longer with them and the infinite Valentine’s Day coverage can be overwhelming.
So what to do on a day that cannot be skipped?
For those finding themselves left behind, perhaps surrounding yourself with remaining friends and family can be a way to distract yourself. A family picnic in the park, a trip to the beach or a visit to the country gets you out of the house (and away from news media).
If someone you know has lost their someone special, try to be in tune with how Valentine’s Day makes them feel. For some, distractions will be needed. For others, Valentine’s day might be a great time to reminisce about loved ones. Try to combine this with something fun and lighthearted (baking a cake is usually pretty safe) to pave the way for some chit chat.
Above all, remember that Valentine’s Day is just another day; there is one sunrise and one sunset. What you do and how you choose to celebrate within those hours is entirely up to you.
How do you spend your Valentine’s Day? Do you have a special memory you would like share? We would love to hear from you!