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You don't have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine's Day

Scroll through social media on Valentine’s Day and you’re bound to find photos of happy couples celebrating. It’s another reminder for those who are single that they are, in fact, single. But, that doesn’t mean they can’t be somebody’s valentine.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples.

“Make it about showing other people and showing friends that we care,” said Relevé Counseling therapist, Jessica Olmo.

Don’t forget about the most important person in your life, you. Showing compassion for yourself can be one of the hardest things to do. Some may feel selfish or self-indulgent. However, it can go a long way in regulating anxiety or insecurity.

“Treat yourself. Be your own valentine. Nobody knows you better than you. Showing yourself that extra love for the day is a way you can put a good coping skill in.”

A few popular ways to show some self-love is by writing yourself a note, finding a private spot to relax, or reading a good book. Do something meaningful for you and take note of how you feel afterward.

“The major point behind Valentine’s Day is love. Strengthening that love is going to look different for everybody.”

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