Whether you are in a relationship or single, you may start to feel the pressure build as Valentine’s Day nears. Despite the commercial aspects of the holiday, many people take February 14th seriously and have heightened expectations that often result in disappointment.
Valentine’s Day became an official holiday in 1537, but it has evolved to become a commercial holiday that is ripe with traditions.
Decadent treats and paper cards do not need to define this holiday for you. Small, homemade gestures are a marvelous alternative to mainstream conventions.
Whatever you do, don’t let this holiday get you down. The following five tips will help you make this year’s Valentine’s Day the best ever!
1. Make a Plan
Don’t let Valentine’s Day creep up on you. This wintertime holiday happens once a year and only lasts for 24 hours. Plan ahead by scheduling a reservation at your favorite restaurant, and if you’re planning on giving a gift, acquire it ahead of time.
While drugstores offer an abundance of chocolate and trinkets, taking the time to purchase or make a gift is always preferable.
2. Temper Your Expectations
It is hard to imagine that a single holiday could generate such strong personal expectations, but the reality is it does.
Talk with your partner to establish some ground rules, such as gift spending limits. Take the time to consider your partner’s preferences.
Marie Hartwell, a licensed psychologist and marriage counselor, says it is important to be on the same page as your partner. A mere dinner plan disagreement could put a major damper on the day.
If you want to pleasantly surprise your significant other, put some thought into the gesture of your choice. Letters, poems or homemade treats show true commitment and generosity.
3. Spoil Yourself
Whether you are in a relationship or not, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to show yourself some love.
A recent New York Times article, “Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges,” said that recent psychological research demonstrates that people with self-compassion suffer fewer psychological ailments, such as depression and anxiety.
If you want others to see the value in you, it is important you see it first. Pamper yourself, enjoy a sweet treat, or simply take some personal time to rest and relax.
Check out this lovely blog post, “14 Ways To Be Your Own Valentine,” for some excellent ways to treat yourself this February 14th.
4. Spread the Love
Instead of relying on the generosity of others, focus on what you can do for the people you love.
A recent Harvard study demonstrated that people who spent money on others were happier than those who spent money on themselves.
Don’t limit yourself to traditional gift giving this year. Host a potluck dinner for your single friends, donate to a charity you love, or send your loved ones traditional Valentine’s Day cards in the mail. A kind gesture, no matter how small, does not go overlooked.
5. Stay Fresh
Nothing says romance like a minty fresh mouth. If you truly want to prepare for a romantic Valentine’s Day evening, get ready to pucker up!
A recent survey by the Huffington Post revealed that the majority of men and women would not consider a second date with someone who had noticeable bad breath.
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Since the majority of halitosis cases are caused by poor oral hygiene, improving your dental regimen will most likely minimize the issue.
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