Valentine’s Day is a day that’s all about showing the ones you love how much you care. Whether that means couples going on a romantic dinner date or families expressing their appreciation for one another with homemade Valentine’s Day cards; sharing the love with the people that you care about the most is what Valentine’s Day is meant for. However, it can also be a difficult time for many. Whether someone does not have a significant other to spend it with or they are currently going through relationship troubles, The Juniper Center clinicians are here to help you ensure that you feel the love this Valentine’s Day!
Make it a Friend’s Night
With the perception that Valentine’s Day is mostly dedicated to all of the couples out there, some might not be in a relationship and therefore, feel like they HAVE to spend it alone and feel sad. However, this is not the case; many individuals are also riding the single ship and don’t have someone special to spend the day with. Helen Schaeffer, a couples’ clinician at the Juniper Center, states that “this could be a nice excuse to get out with some of your girlfriends. Make it a girl’s night.” You can all get together, make some girly cocktails, put on a few facemasks together, and maybe even watch a few romcoms. The idea of being together with the ones you love, even your friends, is enough to make anyone feel loved on a day like Valentine’s Day.
Read Books on Relationships
There are some couples out there who might struggle trying to improve their relationships because they may not have the time or resources to understand what it means to be in a positive caring relationship. Whether that would be because of a lack of communication or some other factors, there are moments where it’s good to have advice on what to do in certain situations. One book that would be good to read is “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. This serves as a practical guide for how to make a marriage work for the better, but it can also be a good guide for making other relationships work when the going gets tough.
Don’t Forget to Love Yourself
Out of all of the people in the world, the most important person to keep in mind and make sure is loved is you. People sometimes forget to love themselves and this causes them to lose confidence and overall happiness in their personal lives. It’s important to partake in self-care activities, such as journaling, exercising, taking a relaxing shower or bubble bath, or whatever you may find fit to take care of yourself. Once the self-care has been fully set up, you will soon find that it is easier to love yourself and you should feel more confident in your everyday life. Make Valentine’s Day an extra special self-care day by taking yourself out to a fancy restaurant, splurging on a bottle of wine, or buying that shirt you’ve had your eye on, and making yourself feel loved on this day.
Learn to Trust One Another
The key to having a good, established relationship with a significant other is learning how to better communicate with that partner and then, building trust from one another. Helen Schaeffer is one of the many Juniper Center clinicians on staff who works with couples who are currently going through some troubles and listens to what each of them has to say to better build trust amongst one another. Helen and the other couples’ clinicians are here to help those who are struggling in their current relationships to help understand each other better and create a sense of mutual understanding between both partners.
Our clinicians are here to listen to anything that might be on your mind. If you are interested in scheduling an intake appointment to seek help to achieve your resolutions, please call 847-759-9110 extension 2 to help improve your relationship with your significant other.