Have you ever been in a restaurant and seen someone sitting alone at a table and wondered, why is this person alone? Sometimes there are clues like they are traveling or preparing for a business meeting, students catching up on studies or maybe their guest just hasn’t arrived. But thankfully, you breathe a sigh of relief because it’s not you sitting alone. Eating alone can be a very lonely and isolating experience, especially if you have recently lost a loved one. So let’s talk about how to be by yourself on Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is coming and it’s just around the corner…the messages are everywhere… it’s simply unavoidable! There are chocolate advertisements, heart stuffed toys, marketing – – love inspired campaigns that retailers will spend countless dollars. For some the idea of spending Valentine’s Day alone can be excruciatingly painful. I know, I have been there!
So, I wanted to research some of the best tips and ideas on how to be by yourself on Valentine’s Day and share them with you, just in case you find yourself needing a bit of cheering up!
IGNORE VALENTINE’S DAY
In my research this tip was found on many different sites. However, it’s just another day on our calendars whether we choose to celebrate it or not.
TAKE THE DAY OFF
If you can escape from the workplace or other obligations this might be the perfect day to invest in yourself, sleep late, eat what you want and indulge in some me time because you deserve it.
AVOID LOVE TRIGGERS
Tune out the love songs and watch a comedy instead of a romance movie.
PLAN A NIGHT WITH OTHERS
You don’t have to be alone, so call friends or family and plan a special night out.
PAY IT FORWARD
Sometimes it does our hearts good to remember someone who has recently lost a loved one. Send a special gift like flowers, handmade cookies or coffee-basket to show them you care. If you or a loved one are struggling with grief or loss there are local resources via the Bereaved Families of Ontario.
In closing, being by yourself on Valentine’s Day can be as personal as you are. Be kind to yourself or others who may be struggling…love can be expressed in so many ways, not just on this day, but every day.