By Lauren Antkowiak

The season of love is upon us. Some are readying to spend Valentine’s Day with their significant other, and some are dreading facing the holiday alone. Even those that are without someone special can still enjoy the holiday by making the most of being single.

One way to get through this holiday when single is to embrace it. Look at it as something to be grateful for; you can do the things you want without dragging someone who doesn’t want to be there. Go to the movies, or see a show at your local theatre. Let’s say that you pass a bakery on the way to work. You tell yourself you are going to stop there one day. So, make today that day! Create goals you want to achieve and build self-esteem from accomplishing those goals. See how much happier you are when you do things that are important to you and make you happy. And while you developing a more positive outlook on life, dating becomes less of a daunting task, making you more motivated to put yourself out there to meet the right person.

It can be difficult to stay positive during this time of year, but it’s not impossible. Turn those negative thoughts into positive ones by thinking about all the wonderful things you have in your life. Create a positive list or positivity journal to keep nearby; the more you see them, the more likely you are to start believing them. Also, know that you are worthy of love; how do you expect someone to love you if you don’t love yourself first? One thing that will help is realizing that there are several other people going through the same thing as you. Most of the people you see in relationships started where you are now and eventually found themselves on the other side. You are not alone, keep a positive mindset, and remind yourself that if others can get through it so can you.

This time of year may be hard now, but look at the bigger picture; the time will come when it’s not expected. There is a future where you are happy in a relationship and look back on this time with fondness. Enjoy the “me” time you have because you never know what is around the corner.

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