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Managing Depression on Valentine’s Day

Do you dread the “day of love”? Valentine's Day, a day often associated with love and romance, can pose challenges for individuals grappling with depression

Even if you don’t deal with depression on a daily basis, holidays can cause negative emotions to resurface. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to mitigate feelings of depression. In this guide, you can find some of the best strategies for effectively managing depression as Valentine’s Day approaches.

Understand the Origins of Your Depression

You may already understand the origin of your depression, but if not, take a moment to self-reflect or talk to a support person. It’s important to identify the possible triggers or causes of your depression. Recognizing where your depression stems from is the first step toward managing it.

Set Reasonable Expectations

It's important to understand that how you choose to spend Valentine's Day doesn't have to align with anyone else’s expectations. Your day doesn’t have to involve any of the activities you see on TV or social media for it to be enjoyable. Instead of conforming to societal pressures, focus on setting realistic goals for the day and prioritizing your well-being.

Avoid Isolation

Be intentional about socializing. Even if you may not feel inclined to make an effort, you might be surprised by how much socializing can help fend off unwanted emotions. Isolation can exacerbate feelings of loneliness and sadness. Surrounding yourself with others can provide you with support.

Spend Quality Time With Friends and Family

Although Valentine’s Day traditionally focuses on romantic love, you can choose to celebrate the love you share with friends and family members instead. Plan gatherings that emphasize these connections, as they can be just as fulfilling.

If in-person gatherings are challenging or impossible, consider connecting with friends or family members through video calls or online games. These virtual interactions can provide a sense of connection without the need for physical presence.

Prioritize Self-Care

Consider Valentine's Day an opportunity to prioritize self-care. There is no harm in treating yourself! Indulge in a nice meal, do a little bit of retail therapy, or pamper yourself with a spa day. Engage in activities that bring you joy, even if they’re simple or inexpensive.

Explore Relaxation Techniques

Setting aside time for intentional relaxation can help curb feelings of depression. Consider trying different techniques like breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or listening to calming music. The goal of these activities is to clear your head and allow you to focus on the present moment instead of worrying or ruminating on negative thoughts.


Physical exercise is one way to improve your mood and reduce feelings of depression quickly. If you’re feeling down, try biking, running, lifting weights, participating in a sport, or even going on a brisk walk. Incorporating some form of activity into your day will release endorphins that uplift your spirits. 

Practice Gratitude 

Depression often involves meditating on what is missing. To combat this mindset, start a gratitude practice by keeping a journal in which you write about things you're thankful for–things. Shifting your attention towards these aspects of your life can effectively counteract feelings of depression.

Seek Support

If you find that depression persists or worsens despite your efforts, consider reaching out to a therapist or counselor. They can offer insights and personalized coping strategies tailored to your specific needs.

Plan Activities in Advance

Without a concrete plan, it’s easy to slip into a gloomy headspace and allow an entire day to pass by. No matter how you decide you want to spend Valentine’s Day, be sure to pre-plan activities for yourself. Whether you intend to watch your favorite movie, experiment with a new hobby, or meet up with loved ones, you can rest assured knowing that you made the most of your time.

Monitor and Adjust

Pay attention to your mental health leading up to Valentine's Day. If you notice an increase in negative thoughts, you may need to adjust your plans or seek support.

Remember, it is important to be compassionate with yourself during difficult times. Valentine's Day can provide an opportunity for self-love and self-care regardless of whether or not you're in a relationship.

Get in Touch With Jackson House

Depression is a complex condition that fluctuates in intensity. Its appearance can be incredibly difficult to forecast. If you’re having a hard time managing depression around Valentine’s Day, know that you’re not alone. Contact our compassionate, resourceful team at Jackson House for information about our various programs and treatments. We look forward to helping you experience a brighter future.


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We built Jackson House because we realized there was a critical gap in our healthcare system and many individuals with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems were struggling because of it. While there are many outpatient treatment options and locked, inpatient facilities there was nothing in the middle. Nothing to help people who needed around the clock care but wanted to receive treatment voluntarily, on their own terms. Jackson House is different. We provide clients with the level of care they need in a welcoming environment. When you walk through our doors, we will meet you wherever you’re at and help you on your journey toward feeling better.

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