Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and for those who are recently divorced this can be an unwelcome holiday that feels like it only serves as a reminder of your divorce. Divorce is already hard enough as it is without a holiday that seems to rub salt on the wound. It would be easy enough to decide you just want a night in with you, Ben & Jerry’s but before you shut yourself in and completely fall down the rabbit hole, try these few suggestions to save the holiday for yourself.
One way to overcome sadness and stress is to exercise. Why not actually start that workout regimen you promised yourself you would begin on January 1st? Exercise is scientifically proven to reduce stress and help with depression. It is also a good way to take care of yourself. So instead of curling up on the couch in defeat, get out there and go for a run.
Another great way to spend the evening is to invite some of your closest friends out for a friends’ dinner. Choose a restaurant that takes reservations and make sure to reserve a table large enough for your group. Don’t get caught up trying to book a table at the “trendiest” spot downtown. Instead, opt for a favorite where you know it will be good and enjoy the company of your close friends.
Finally, if you really want to go it alone and spend the night in, treat yourself! Ahead of the evening, go and buy the ingredients for your favorite recipe. Spend the time cooking a delicious meal for yourself and watching a favorite movie or settling in with a book you’ve been meaning to read.
The most important thing to remember about Valentine’s Day is that it is meant to be a holiday to spend with loved ones. This doesn’t mean it has to be a significant other, that love can extend to your friends and family as well.