You may think Valentine’s Day is only hard for people who are single, but it can also be difficult for someone who has struggled with addiction or depression. Holidays, in general, are usually associated with being with people you love and celebrating the good things you have in life. When you have problems with drug or alcohol addiction, or have symptoms of depression, the holidays can cause you to sink further into your despair.
Valentine’s Day is usually not lumped in with other stressful holidays, but it can be just as difficult. Even though there is less pressure to spend time with family, buy gifts and keep up with parties over the course of two months, it can cause just as much stress. For affordable alcohol rehab Raleigh NC services in 2017, call Legacy Freedom.
Valentine's Day and Rehabbing Addicts
Ask a single person if they enjoy Valentine’s and you will probably hear a resounding “no.” Pressure from society to couple up can make those who are single feel especially alone, or feel like they are a failure for not having found a significant other. If you add addiction or depression issues to that, it can make the holiday nearly unbearable.
Sure, it’s only one day, but the days leading up to it can cause dread. Commercials for diamond rings and flowers are more prevalent in the early months of the year. In fact, it’s well-known that commercials for jewelry increase from November through February. You may have even noticed that you can’t get through a football game without seeing a commercial for a major jeweler like Jared or Kay.
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One reason Valentine's can affect people struggling with depression is because it’s right in the middle of winter. The cold, dark months during winter can increase symptoms of depression. Some even may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. It is a form of depression that is related to the seasons. People often feel its effects during the winter months, but it can be just as bad when the weather starts to warm and the days become longer.
Depression and SAD need to be addressed by a professional, so seek help if you feel your sadness is more than just a passing mood. There are many options available that can help you deal with mood disorders such as these. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to get help.
10 Ways to Cope
If you are feeling down about the upcoming holiday, there are things you can do to cope. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be what the jewelry commercials and Hallmark cards say it is. You can turn it into your own holiday.
1. Keep in mind that the holiday was created to sell products. It should not determine how you feel about your life, whether you are single, in a relationship, or playing the field. Keep it in perspective.
2. Surround yourself with people you love. You don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to feel love. Make plans with your BFF, your sisters, your mom or anyone in your life that you love and care about and want to spend time with.
3. If you don’t have people in your life you are close to, surround yourself with animals. Not party animals, but shelter pets. Volunteer to walk dogs or play with cats at the local animal shelter.
4. If you aren’t an animal person, volunteer your time at a nursing home. There are plenty of senior citizens who would love to have someone show they care on Valentine’s Day. You can offer to read to residents, or just sit and listen to them tell stories and share memories.
5. Treat yourself. Book a massage. Buy yourself a box of chocolates (or better yet wait until the day after and get it half off). Give yourself flowers. You don’t need someone else to pamper you.
6. Don’t forget your support group. If you’re in recovery and attend meetings or group therapy, make a point to talk about the upcoming holiday during a session. Chances are other people may have issues with it, too. Talk about ways they cope and learn new techniques.
7. Host an anti-Valentine’s Day party. Invite friends over for appetizers and board games or cards. If you are in recovery for addiction, note to your friends that it will be an alcohol and drug free event, but that you’ll have plenty of other indulgences such as chocolate.
8. If you don’t want the stress of having people over, plan a dinner at a restaurant. Or better yet, go to a family entertainment restaurant such as Chuck E Cheese to play video games and eat pizza.
9. Play secret Valentines with your friends. Draw names to get each other a fun gift to exchange. You can plan to have dinner and give each other the gifts, or you can make it super-secret and have each other mail the gifts anonymously.
10. Try something new. Go to that yoga class you’ve been meaning to try, or go to the new exhibit at the art museum. If you’d rather stay at home, watch a movie you wouldn’t normally try or read a book in a genre you don’t usually go for.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day to dread. Make it what you want it to be, or just ignore it altogether. It can be just a day on the calendar.
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