Health & Wellness

Valentine’s Day survival guide

by Kayzia Boilard

It’s that time of year again, heart-shaped balloons and little teddy bears that say “I love you” are seemingly unavoidable everywhere you go.

That’s right, Valentine’s day is on the horizon. For some, this brings excitement while for others, it might just bring an eye-roll or big sigh. With that in mind, we’ve created a survival guide that we hope will help you make the best of the day, whatever your relationship status may be.

If you’re in a relationship

Valentine’s day is typically pretty great for those who are in relationships, that’s who the “Hallmark Holiday” was made for, after all. Of course, that doesn’t mean that this holiday isn’t stressful. It can be hard to know what to get that special someone. But don’t worry, this doesn’t have to be a pressure-filled day. If you’re lucky to be in love, Valentine’s day is a great time to remind that special person in your life of how much you love them. Some people might like to do over-the-top gestures, and that’s great, but showing appreciation for someone you love can be done in small and simple ways that are just as meaningful. For example, giving beautiful flowers, chocolates, or another small gift. Or, skip the gifts and just go for dinner or cook together at home.

Person giving flower bouquet to person

If you’re in a long-distance relationship

Being in a long-distance relationship definitely has its challenges, but Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be one of them. If you’re unable to be with that special someone in person, there are still plenty of ways to show them you care. For example, you can keep it classic by sending flowers or a present, or write them an old-fashioned hand-written letter. Again, it’s about the meaning behind what you do, not so much the gift itself.

Letter with flowers on top

If you’re going on a first date

First dates are always exciting, especially on Valentine’s day! Although this holiday might add a little bit of extra pressure, remember that a first date, regardless of what day it falls on, is about getting to know someone and above all else, having fun! Find out what your date’s interests are, and try to come up with an activity that you’d both enjoy. For example, you can have a nice dinner at a restaurant you’ve both been wanting to check out, or go to a sporting event together.

Boy and girl on date, smiling

If you have a crush on someone

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to tell someone that you’ve got a crush on them. Sure, this can be a bit nerve-racking under any circumstances, but there are plenty of cute ways to tell that person you care. Let them know you’re thinking of them by sending them a nice note or even giving them a simple personal gift. For example, if you have an inside joke with this person, give them a little gift that relates to the joke, or you can give them some delicious baked goods (because who can resist that).

Cookies wrapped in bow on plate

If you’re single

Although Valentine’s Day is a holiday made for those that are in love, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the love of friendship on that day too! Being single on Valentine’s Day can make some people feel lonely, but it doesn’t have to. Make plans with other single friends, or even have a ‘Single on Valentine’s Day’ party. This is a great way to have fun and spend time with those that love you. If trying to get friends together doesn’t work out, don’t worry, there’s always the option of taking the day to pamper yourself!

Friends hugging

One thing’s for certain, the pressure of Valentine’s Day is felt by those in relationships and those that are single. If you’re ever feeling down about Valentine’s Day or any other reason and need someone to talk to, IGNITE’s Student Lifeline can help.