How to Fight Depression this Valentine’s Day

Big holidays can be hard for those struggling with depression or loneliness. Valentine’s Day is particularly hard for individuals as the day emphasizes romantic love. If you’re struggling with depression this year, don’t let this day get you down. Here are a few ways to fight it this year!

 

Celebrate Other Types of Love

Valentine’s Day focuses on romantic love between couples, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only type of love that can be celebrated. Make plans to hang out with friends. Or stop by and visit family members. Celebrating love in any form is worth celebrating!

 

Gift Yourself

Is missing out on the gifts bringing your down? It might seem materialistic, but physical reminders of love are appreciated, even from yourself. So buy yourself some yummy chocolates or pretty flowers. You deserve it!

 

Make it About Self-Love

Self-love is something that isn’t always easy. If you’re feeling lonely distract yourself with some pampering. Take a long bath, treat yourself to a spa day or try our a relaxing yoga class!

 

Get Out of the House

When you’re home alone, it can be hard to escape loneliness. Push yourself to get out of the house this Valentine’s Day. Whether you go do something fun, grab some food, or even just run errands, getting out and about will help take your mind off of it.

 

Speak Up

Sometimes pretending you’re not lonely only makes it worse. If you’re feeling down and alone speak up about it! There are others out there that feel the same way. Talk about it with friends or make an appointment to speak to a professional. Just talking about it can often make it better.

 

If you’re suffering from depression, you don’t have to go through this alone. Our caring team of mental health professionals, psychiatrists, and holistic providers can help. Please feel free to contact us to make an appointment. You are not alone and we are here to help.

Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez

DABPN, DABAM, MRO