What’s Next After Valentine’s Day?

February 14th creates mixed emotions for people: some celebrate their love for their partner, while others celebrate being single with friends, some enjoy the day alone with wine and ice cream and there are some don’t celebrate at all.

But what happens after Valentine’s Day?  Where do we go from Cupid’s celebration?

Here are some suggestions to put a spring in your step:

1) Pamper yourself.

It’s super important to have “me time.” It can be anything that gets you feeling spoiled.  Take a break to curl up and read that book that you keep eyeing but never get a chance pick up.  Put the headphones on to listen to the tunes that you have recently downloaded.

Have a spa day. If you don’t have time for an entire day, maybe a facial or just a pedicure. Also a hot rock massage helps melt away any stress that you might be holding in from the winter blues. It’s all about taking care of yourself.  

2) Take a class or volunteer.

Spring is the perfect time to start something new.  If there is a class on your bucket list, move it over to your accomplish list. It doesn’t have to be a full semester course, there are one night classes or classes for 6 weeks.  There are all kinds of classes out there: from cooking to photography; music to languages.  Have a look at the local colleges and any online programs in your area.  

Volunteering is all about your passion. It also flexible to work around your schedule.  The opportunities are everywhere: from dog walking at the local shelter, to reading to seniors to helping out at events. Whatever your interests are, there is a volunteer job that matches.

Both of these activities promotes self-confidence and is also a great way to meet people with similar passions.

3) Spend time with friends and family.

Nothing bond friends and family like a potluck or an afternoon out at the bowling lanes. Dust off pictionary, charades or the family favorites to spark healthy competition.  It’s relaxing and fun to be around people that have been with you through thick and thin. Enjoy the time to just release stress and be yourself.  

4) Enjoy the great outdoors.

There is something about Mother Nature that is refreshing and invigorating. For those who may not be hiking enthusiasts, there is lots to do outside.  In the winter, there is snow shoeing and skiing, also there are some local attractions that are opened all year round.  You could also play tourist for an afternoon and explore your town on foot.   The goal is to disconnect from the everyday routine to help reset and energize.

5) Spring cleaning.

Nothing helps moving on better than letting go.  Take on that one closet that you look away from every time you walk by it. Donate the clothes that you have not worn in a year to a non-profit group.  Recycle old electronics that are sitting around collecting dust. There is a sense of accomplishment and closure when you clear things out of your home that you no longer need.  

Valentine’s Day may be over for another year, some enjoyed the love and passion of it while others maybe not so much. Spring is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to release, energize and let go.

Posted by Desiree Schulz

Desiree Schulz is a member of the Plenty of Fish team and is a hopeless romantic. Her taste in music is eclectic as well her love for all things nerd. If you ask her anything about dragons or Firefly, be prepared to have a long enjoyable conversation over coffee!

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