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Valentine’s Day for some is filled with flowers, gifts, dinner and romance. For others, it can be one of the most dreadful days of the year.
If you are newly separated or divorced, Valentine’s Day can bring on feelings of loneliness and sadness. With the right perspective, you can turn this day into a day to love yourself. Here are some suggestions of how to survive your first Valentine’s Day after divorce.
1. Spend your day doing something you love. If you are an avid hiker, take the day to conquer that mountain you’ve always wanted to climb.
2. If you have children, make this Valentine’s Day about them. You could take them out on a date, eat dessert together, and express to them why you love them. This day may be hard for them too…It is the first Valentine’s Day that their parent’s are no longer together, and it may bring up feelings of sadness for them, too.
3. Take care of yourself. Whatever that means for you. Whether it’s working out, going to the spa, getting your nails done, or taking some time to snuggle up on the couch to read that book you’ve been meaning to pick up.
4. Treat yourself. Buy your favorite meal or stop for dessert on the way home. Have you been thinking about that jacket? Go buy it!
5. Surround yourself with people you love being with. Invite a friend over for dinner. Spend time with your family. It’s important to remind yourself there are still people in your life that love you.
6. Resist the temptation to scroll through social media. There will be a ton of lovey-dovey posts that you don’t want to see right now. Even worse, you might be tempted to see how your ex is spending Valentine’s Day. Save yourself the heartache and do your best to stay off social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
It’s also important to understand that any feelings of sadness you may feel on Valentine’s Day are completely valid, and you need to be nice to yourself. Divorce is an emotional roller coaster, and it takes time to heal.
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