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How to Survive Valentine's Day with Depression

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Valentine’s Day can be depressing for single women or even couples who are having issues (or couples who just don't like the concept of this day), and it can be even worse for women who already have depression. Luckily, there are ways to enjoy V-Day, or “Singles Awareness Day,” in spite of depression.

The first step to enjoying Feb. 14 is to decide whether you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day, or just treat it like a regular day.

Although you might be bombarded with hearts, flowers, chocolates and stuffed animals in stores and in the hands of other people, it is possible to ignore this Hallmark holiday. Simply follow your usual schedule and realize this is just like any other day, except more people are buying gifts for each other and going on dates. Many people agree that significant others should show appreciation for each other every day, and that Valentine’s Day is a day for profit.

There is the other route, which is to celebrate Feb. 14 as Singles Awareness Day or just as a day to appreciate yourself and friends. You can even follow some of these suggestions if you treat Feb. 14 as just a regular day, and learn to incorporate all into your life. This list is also assuming you have some time during the day, or even the day off. Realistically, you would probably only be able to do one or two of these, but you get to pick from a variety of choices.

1) Go get a massage. The book “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Depression” states that massages can help relieve some symptoms of depression. If you can afford it, try getting one once a week and see if it improves your life.

2) Take a fun class. The book suggests learning something new could make you feel better about yourself, besides having fun in general. Have you always wanted to learn how to kickbox or sew? Now’s the time to start – this day’s devoted to your wonderful self. And who knows, if you’re looking for more friends or even a significant other, this is another outlet to meet more people. Having a strong support system of family and friends (new and old) can also help with depression.

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February 9, 2015 - 4:51pm
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This means that valentine facebook status you are relating your deep love for your girlfriend or boy friend with the historical love of St. Valentines for his girl.

January 31, 2012 - 4:25am
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