Well, I personally do not hate Valentine’s Day myself, but I recognize that there are many people that do. In fact, I was coaching a woman today and she said, “Ugh…Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I hate it!”

I said why? “It’s all about love,” she said. My response was “YES it is, but it does not have to be all about romantic love. So, you don’t have a boyfriend this year! It’s okay – you will live! I promise you.”

I suggested she do the following, which I hope will also help you if you are a Valentineaphobe:

Focus on YOU! Focus on loving yourself. Do nice things for you. Go out and buy yourself flowers. Relax, take a bath, enjoy a good book, make the day about you. Make the day about your kids if you have them. Buy a heart shape cake, decorate the house, do something fun. Make it a holiday about self-love and family love.

Valentine’s Day is really just like any other holiday, it’s a day of the week with a title – Valentine’s Day. It’s all how we look at it and approach the day.  So, if you are one of the people that hates Valentine’s Day, maybe this year you can take a new approach, try something different, and maybe you can find some joy from the day whether you choose to embrace the holiday or not.