Valentine’s Day as a single

Whether you’re married or single, you might love Valentine’s Day (this Friday), or not care, or hate it. However, the day probably has the potential to cause more sadness for singles. So, as a single-again person, here are some thoughts to help singles navigate Valentine’s Day — 1. Plan Ahead & Stay Busy — plan some things you will enjoy, and don’t have hours of doing nothing, for having sad thoughts. 2. Spend time with Friends — so neither of you are alone. 3. Relax — don’t simple bury yourself in work and household chores. 4. Substances aren’t the ultimate answer — while a drink or two can be enjoyable, alcohol and other substances aren’t the solution to sadness. 5. Be Healthy — exercise and adequate sleep (if you can get them) help for physical health. Your ‘spiritual health’ will also be helped by reading God’s word, praying, singing and connecting with fellow Christians. 6. Know that you’re never truly alone — God is with you, cares for you and is “near to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18). This can be a great comfort. You also have a church family of brothers and sisters. 7. Help is available — if your loneliness or sadness is overwhelming then talk to someone: face to face is probably best, but at least on the phone (not just a text or Messenger). Talk to a friend or me or someone else in your church. If you are in a relationship and you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I hope you have a wonderful day! If the day causes you sadness etc, then I hope you can navigate through it. And if you (& your spouse, if you’re married) don’t care … then have a good Friday, anyway! “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted & saves the crushed in spirit.” (Ps 34:18) “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15) Some of this article is an edited version of https://hope1032.com.au/stories/life/relationships/2019/moving-through-valentines-day-tips-for-singles/. Hope 103.2 is a Sydney Christian radio station.

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