Booless On V-Day? Then Do YOU!

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As teenagers, the pressure is real to have a significant other. This can sometimes lead to meaningless relationships, as people would do anything just to have someone by their side and not be “lonely.” If you do feel empty, remember that this feeling is only temporary and it will not matter in 10 years! You are not lonely, you’re just alone. If you are content with practicing self-love this Valentine’s Day, here are a few suggestions to get you on the right track.

Stay off social media.

Everyone knows V-Day is the prime time for posting gifts and sharing feelings for others on social media. If you want to stay out of your feelings, stay off social media when February 14th rolls around.

Treat yourself.

Love yourself first. Make yourself feel special by purchasing a nice item you’ve been wanting for a while. You could always go get your nails done or go get a haircut. Even if it’s as simple as buying candy, anything is okay as long as it exhibits self-love.

Surround yourself with positive people.

Energy transfers and speaks volumes. Surrounding yourself with people radiating negative energy due to the lack of a Valentine will only cause you to mope as well. If you don’t choose to spend the day alone, spend the day with people who will transfer positive to you.

Distract yourself.

Stay away from that feelings playlist (even though I know that playlist is very tempting). Instead, do something you enjoy that you haven’t done in a while! Pursue your lost hobbies, sit down with a good book, paint something, or binge watch a show on NetFlix. Before you know it, you won’t know what a feeling is.

Remember this feeling is temporary.

Even though you may be in your feelings right now, this thing is only temporary. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, do something productive like focus on your future. Go fill out a scholarship application, go catch up on schoolwork, or go apply for a job! Your future self will thank you.

Appreciate those you love.

Often times, people take Valentine’s Day to be a day to appreciate a significant other, but V-Day is really a day to appreciate those you love. Take out the time to express gratitude for friends and family; anyone important to you deserves to feel special on this day.

Remind yourself that you are important and beautiful.

Being single leads many to think, incorrectly of course, that they are unwanted and ugly. However, lacking a significant other does not mean that you don’t matter or lack beauty. If your self-confidence is low, setting reminders on your phone to remind yourself of how important and beautiful you are is an effective way to heighten self-esteem. Besides, loving yourself first is essential before loving anyone else.

 

By Sullivan Anderson, Sophomore, Jones College Prep

Snapchat: justcallmesully

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