If you or someone that you know is feeling lonely or depressed with Valentines Day looming around the corner, you are not alone. There are many people that feel like this at this time of year and there is support available. There are a number of reasons why people feel unhappy and lonely in the weeks surrounding Valentines Day. These can include:
1. Valentines Day is a reminder that you’re single and spending Valentines Day alone, yet again!
2. Expectations! Some people hold high expectations for their partner when it comes to Valentines Day, which can lead to disappointment and relationship issues.
3. A reminder that you are in an unhappy relationship. For those people that feel stuck in an unhappy relationship, Valentines Day can be a painful reminder of what you don’t have. You may be reminded of how happy couples enjoy spending romantic time together.
4. If you have recently lost your partner or someone that you loved, Valentines Day may bring back memories of your time together and remind you of how much you miss them.
5. If you have feelings for someone that cannot return them, Valentines Day may be a reminder of the pain of unrequited love.
What can be done?
If you are feeling sad and lonely around Valentines Day, remember there are other people like you out there. Don’t just hide away, get out and enjoy yourself, whether you are single or attached! If you are concerned that you or someone that you know may be suffering from depression, seek help from a professional. There is treatment and support available.
Depression is a mental illness that will affect most people at least once during their lifetime. It can be caused or triggered by recent problems or problems that have occurred over a period of time. Loss of a loved one, loneliness, feelings of isolation, relationship troubles can all contribute towards an episode of depression. Symptoms of depression may include feeling depressed most of the day, diminished interest in work or activities, weight gain or loss, sleeping problems, fatigue and feelings of worthlessness. If you or someone you know may be suffering from depression, it is important to understand that it can be treated. See your GP or contact us at Swan Valley Psychology for more information ph 08 93793580 or email Christina@SVPC.com.au