Valentine’s Day is a holiday a lot of you are excited about. But some people may be dreading the day if they’re single or grieving the loss of a loved one. You could say William Rockemore knows a thing or two about Valentine’s Day. Selling Valentine’s gift baskets is his business. “It’s that special day for everybody, you know. If you have somebody, it’s perfect. But if you don’t have somebody, it’s not such a great day.”
In fact, it can make you downright depressed. “Valentine’s Day is a difficult time for a lot of people,” says Kibby Taylor, with The Family Center of Columbus. “In fact, 1 in 10 people voice negative feelings about Valentine’s Day.” Taylor counsels many people who feel blue this time of year. She says it’s an extension of the holiday depression many people experience around Christmas. And she says there are ways to beat those blues.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about romance. Taylor says you might try focusing on a friend or a special family member.” “Anyone in your life that you value,” she says. “Let them know that they matter.” Taylor suggests doing something to make the day a positive experience for others who may be dreading it. “That might be accomplished through volunteering, visiting shut-ins or people in nursing homes, getting in touch with a long lost friend, maybe,” Taylor suggested.
The Family Center of Columbus says it’s normal to get the holiday blues. But if feelings of depression persist, it’s important to talk to someone about it and seek professional help.
By Layla Chapman