- On February 6, 2024
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It’s February. Stores are decked out with flowers, hearts, and everything pink, purple and red. Valentine’s day is a holiday that some love and some don’t. Others find it be a difficult reminder of loss, broken relationships, or loneliness. Personally, I have found that in recent years, I have enjoyed Valentine’s day as a way to celebrate the love I have not just for my husband, but also for my kids, family, and friends.
For those who struggle with their mental health this time of year, finding a way to reframe Valentine’s day could be a good way to navigate it. Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be just a romantic holiday; it could be a great reminder to celebrate the love we have for family and friends. If you struggle with feelings of depression, loneliness, or anxiety this time of year, here are 5 alternative ways to celebrate it.
- Write and give Valentine’s cards to the people who mean the most to you. That could be your mom, dad, sibling, or close friend. Thank them for the love they bring to your life and remind them that they are loved in return.
- Create and give small Valentine’s cards or gifts to your co-workers. It’s a fun and lighthearted reminder of those elementary school days where everyone gave their classmates cards and candies. They’ll definitely appreciate it.
- Make Valentine’s day about family. If you have kids, create a few new traditions and memories by cooking together, baking valentine’s cookies, playing games, making Valentine’s crafts or cards, or getting ice cream. It’s so fun to see things through the eyes of your kids, and their excitement over a holiday like Valentine’s day can be infectious.
- Consider sending some love to individuals who might be more marginalized or lonely. Examples could be a single mom, seniors in a skilled nursing facility, an older adult who lives alone, or anyone else you know who might be going through a period of grief and loss or loneliness.
- Finally, make Valentine’s day a reminder about God’s love. Ultimately, no love matters more than the love Christ has for us. I encourage you to set some time aside to spend with the Lord. Let Him fill you up and remind you of His incredible love for you.