Coping with Loneliness on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is typically a day for lovers to celebrate their love and commitment to each other. For couples, it is often an exciting and romantic moment for both individuals to share. However, for many Valentine’s Day is a day characterized by sadness, loneliness, and regret and coping with loneliness on Valentine’s Day can be challenging.

Store decorations, advertisements, and friends in relationships may often serve as triggers for those who find themselves alone on this holiday, making them feel isolated and alone. These individuals often believe that they should hide out in their homes and avoid any social situation to limit triggers of sadness, depression, or anxiety. The hopelessness that these individuals may feel is likely to produce irrational beliefs, such as “nobody will ever love me” and “I will never be happy.” However, there are ways to cope with these emotions during this difficult time.

For example, making plans unrelated to Valentine’s Day in advance, such as attending a sporting event or a concert with other single friends, will help distract you from experiencing loneliness. Additionally, there is nothing wrong with treating yourself on Valentine’s Day. Many single individuals book massages, buy themselves flowers or chocolate, or make themselves extravagant dinners to treat themselves.  Reaching out to family members or other single friends can also help you feel supported and loved. It may also be helpful for many to avoid watching romantic movies that may set unrealistic desires for relationships and ultimately increase feelings of disappointment and inadequacy.

For those who continue facing negative symptoms, psychotherapy services can help you gain additional skills to cope with your feelings or loneliness, sadness, or anxiety. Meeting with a licensed psychologist may help you start living a more meaningful life whether you are alone or feel support by others. Licensed psychologists at Miami Psychology Group are here to help. We serve clients in Miami and Miami beach.