Valentine’s Day not just for couples, singles can benefit too

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and whether or not you have a Valentine this year, this special holiday can be a good opportunity to reflect on your relationships with others and take time for yourself.

At Squirrel Hill Psychological Services, Wendy Levin-Shaw, LCSW, specializes in working with individuals, couples and families on a variety of challenges, including those related to relationships, parenting, marital conflict and interfaith marriage. Wendy sometimes works with individuals who need a little help finding ways to take time for themselves in the midst of busy schedules and routines.

“When Valentine’s Day comes around, it can seem like everyone around us is being treated to flowers, chocolates, gifts, romantic dinners – the works,” Wendy said. “But it’s important to realize that this is not the case, and this day can be a wonderful way to set aside time to reflect on your relationships with others and your own wants, needs and goals.”

Wendy’s suggestions below can help those who are single build and maintain a healthy sense of self now, and when they’re ready, maintain a meaningful relationship with a partner:

  1. Make sure you are taking care of yourselfIncorporate activities into your daily routines that help you maintain and enhance yourself – spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. 
  2. Spend time by yourselfWith so much going on in our everyday lives, one can easily get caught up in busy schedules and forget to take time for ourselves. Try to disconnect from technology and other distractions and spend some satisfying time by yourself. Quiet activities such as writing, meditation or listening to music can help you reflect on your wants, needs and goals. 
  3. Spend time in your communityMake sure you’re taking time to engage in activities that make you feel happy, fulfilled and connected to others. Volunteering your time on a new project or with an organization, or engaging in new hobbies are not only great ways to take care of yourself, but great ways to meet new friends or romantic partners as well.

Sometimes though, we could still benefit from a little help. Speaking with a trained professional can be an effective tool to help explore personal challenges and can also be a powerful resource in improving and energizing different aspects of your life.

If you feel a need for counseling or advice, contact Wendy Levin-Shaw at 412-521-3800 or by email at wlevinshaw@squirrelhillpsych.org. For additional counseling or therapeutic needs, call Squirrel Hill Psychological Services at 412-521-3800 or visit www.squirrelhillpsych.org.

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and whether or not you have a Valentine this year, this special holiday can be a good opportunity to reflect on your relationships with others and take time for yourself.

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