Valentine’s Day is here! The day that some people dread who are not in an intimate relationship. Did you know that most people do not know the history of the famous Saint Valentine? Saint Valentine was actually a Christian martyr of ancient Rome! Valentine’s Day did not become associated with romantic love until the 14th century in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer when courtly love began to flourish.
These facts alone should keep you at ease approaching this day! It is a lovely thing to cherish the ones we love but that does not have to be an intimate partner. It can be our family and friends as well.
With the day approaching soon, let’s take a look at some of the things you could do whether you are single or married.
1. Enjoy Your Family and Friends
- Take this day to spend some time with your friends and family. Have your friends over for dinner, you could all bring a dish or cook something together. Just enjoy the time together! Be thankful for one another!
2. Enjoy Nature
- Go take a long walk on the beach, in the woods, or the mountains. Take some time to get away from the hassles of every day life and enjoy the beauty of nature that you are surrounded by where you live. You don’t have to do this by yourself. If you want, grab a friend or one of your family members to tag along. Take this time to catch up on each other’s lives.
3. Give Your Time To Someone Else
- It’s Valentine’s Day! The day we do nice things for our loved ones, right? Instead of buying candy for your loved one you could offer to do a favor for your friend. Ask them if they need a ride to work, or if there is something that you can do to make their day easier. This is something you can make a habit as well. It’s a great way to show your appreciation for your loved ones.
4. Do Something For Yourself
- This is also a good time to treat yourself for once! A lot of times we forget about ourselves. We get caught up with all the things that we have to do, whether it is work for school, our job, children, spouses, or our families. Make some time for yourself and do something you enjoy. Read a book, finish that painting you have been working on or whatever it is that you do in your spare time, go ahead and enjoy it!
- The holidays are always a great time to reflect. I know this is something we tend to push to the side but reflection is important. It is very healthy to take the time to look at your life, to look at yourself, to ponder about your life’s direction. You might be surprised about what you’ll find out!
As you can see, on Valentine’s Day it can be fun and special whether in a committed relationship or single! There are plenty of alternatives to spending the day with your honey. Be thankful for this beautiful day and enjoy it whichever way you choose to spend it!
About the Author: Isabell Ohlinger is a graduate student at Palm Beach Atlantic University where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Isabell is originally from Germany and came to the United States on a tennis scholarship to the University of Central Florida. She has a heart to serve, educate and to continue to learn as she believes we are all life-long students.