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Surviving Valentine’s Day when you have Anxiety

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Valentine’s day is almost upon us.

Many people look forward to this yearly Love-festival celebration we call Valentine’s Day. However, there are also people out there who absolutely dread the day’s arrival and this has made the term ‘Valentine’s Day Anxiety’ a real thing.
AnxietyPanda thought she’d share some tips with you on surviving Valentine’s Day when you have Anxiety.

#1 Ignore it!

This is the simplest, but also the most difficult tip to follow.

It’s kinda hard ignoring the day if little red hearts, cupids, and frilly love-themed things are being shoved in your face not only on the day but also in about the one month leading up to it.
But, seriously, if you put your mind to it, it will also be the easiest way to get through the day. It IS, after all, just another day.

The other sensible option is to completely immerse yourself in the day, single or not, but, honestly is a lot of emotional effort.

#2 Pamper Yourself!

If you have a need to participate in this day, and you don’t have a significant other to spoil, remember there’s nothing wrong with spoiling yourself!
Why not use this day as an excuse to pamper and care for yourself. Go for a massage, book a facial, or just relax in a warm, bubbly bath and read a book you’ve been wanting to read for a while. Watch your favorite movies and have all your favorite snacks on hand.
Heck, you can even send yourself some flowers and chocolates! The sky’s the limit!

#3 Volunteer or help out in the community!

NOTHING beats the feeling of gratification you get from helping another.
Volunteer at Safe-houses or hold a community event for lonely people and just make them feel special, appreciated and loved. And you don’t have to spend a lot on it. Sometimes, just being there for someone and listening to them will mean a lot more than any monetary value could ever give.
If you’re more on the extroverted side, you can even have a “Free Hugs” stand. It is a proven fact that hugs increase happiness and reduces stress due to the release of the hormone Oxytocin during the hugging process.

#4 Everythings gonna be alright!

Bob Marley states it nicely in the song “No woman, no cry” – “Everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna be alright!”

Whether you’re single or not, whether you hate this day or not, whether you give or receive a gift, or not – everything, in the end, is gonna be alright!

Who cares about the status quo, right? You be you. Enjoy YOU. Accept YOU. Love YOU. All of this first and the rest will follow with ease! That’s a promise!

You are enough

Don’t let anxiety ruin your Valentines day

Fun fact: White day – In many Eastern cultures, it is customary for women to bestow gifts of chocolate on their love interests. Fast forward one month to 14 March, and they have White day where the receiver of the Valentine’s day gift may then choose to show acceptance of the gift by bestowing upon the giver a gift that is customary to have three times the value of the original gift.

There’s no need to curl up into a ball and sulk the day away. AnxietyPanda hopes you see that surviving Valentine’s Day when you have Anxiety is not so bad. You got this! You’ve gotten through much worse. Now, go out and OWN this day!

Be sure to leave us your tips for surviving Valentine’s Day in the comments below! What are your plans? What will you be up to?

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