This Sunday is Valentine’s Day. In fact it’s the first Valentine’s Day we’re facing in lockdown without even the ability to meet people unless they’re living with us or in our designated bubble (depending on where you live). So let’s just say that it’s probably one of the most challenging Valentine’s Days that we’ll be facing in a while.
While Valentine’s Day even in a good year may be difficult for some to face, as it’s a reminder of how alone they feel, for some it’s an opportunity to celebrate a new romance or a long-term relationship. This year, however, the day may bring more awareness than usual to those who have to face the day alone. Even if you managed to surpass the odds and are dating someone new, you’re likely not allowed to meet them inside to celebrate. Depending on which country you’re living in, it’s possible that there isn’t even anywhere to celebrate the day at all. That makes an already challenging day even more challenging.
For those who have no one to celebrate with, the day may make you even more aware of how lonely you feel, especially as you may not be allowed to visit with family and friends to make yourself feel better.
One of the things I’ve come to learn as a Coach and Hypnotherapist (even before I became a Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist) is that how you see things is all about your perspective. While we could look at Valentine’s Day as ruined this year, if we focus on the fact that we can’t celebrate it properly and can’t even meet with people, we can also look at it as a different kind of Valentine’s Day.
The fact that we can’t meet with people in person opens up the opportunity of meeting up with people virtually, as in through zoom or skype or facetime chats and virtual celebrations. No it’s not the same of course, but we can delight in it nonetheless. Though this pandemic has taken a lot away from us, it has also given us something unique back. It has given us the opportunity to see the world as a smaller place, to celebrate with friends and family all over the globe and to join networks that are everywhere. Many out there are discovering that there is light within the darkness and are creating little pockets of opportunities and connections. Soon, this newsletter will bring more and more of the connections I’m making with people out there who are discovering new and different opportunities to bring people together despite the odds.
In the end, Valentine’s Day is about love and connection with those important to us. If you feel lonely, watch the video below for how you can make the most of this difficult time.
And if you want more ideas for how to connect despite the challenging circumstances, or want help with your loneliness (or your health), book a free 30 minute call with me here.