Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate loving relationships. However, many of us will suffer with our mental health because Valentine’s Day can heighten feelings of loneliness and self-worth. This is why we want to encourage people to focus on what they love this Valentine’s Day – this means focusing on any loving relationship that you have whether that be a romantic partner, a friend, a child or sibling, or a pet – tell them what they mean to you. You could pay them a compliment, write them a card or picture, or even just spend time with them whether that be face to face or remotely. However, we understand that even when people have loving relationships, they can struggle with their mental health on Valentine’s Day, and you may require support, which you can find at the NHS website.
This Valentine’s Day, try some of these random acts of kindness:
- Give an unexpected compliment
- Let someone cut in front of you in line
- Smile at a stranger
- Buy someone a coffee
- Write a thank you note to a colleague
- Slow down so someone can merge in front of you in traffic
- Leave a positive comment on a news article or blog post
- Take the time to write a great online review for a restaurant you love
This Valentine’s Day improve self-worth and reduce loneliness by spending time with a loved one – even remotely. Pay compliments to one another – think about why you like your colleague, friend, neighbour – whoever it may be and tell them, and most importantly, don’t forget about self-care…
Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to indulge in some self-care. Try doing some light yoga, making (or ordering) your favourite food and write yourself a love note – think about all the things you like about yourself and what you are grateful for in your life. Use the day to do things that you enjoy.