Dealing with Depression on Valentine’s Day

Dealing with Depression on Valentine's Day

Dealing with Depression on Valentine’s Day


SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (KY3) – Valentine’s Day can be a happy day for many as they spend time together and make fond memories with their loved ones. It can also be a very difficult time for others who may be going through a loss, breakup or difficult period in their life.

“It’s almost as if we’ve been established,” said Robin Faris, consultant and director of the Center for Urban Counseling. “Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day…It’s almost like people expect this to happen, and I’m happy. If it doesn’t happen, then we’re a little disappointed. Especially for someone who may have lost someone So, because it’s alone time. Everyone else is doing it together.”

So Faris says if you feel bad during or around the holidays, for whatever reason, that’s totally normal. One way you can get over it, says Faris, is to be kind to yourself.

“What makes you feel better about yourself?” Faris said. “Who can you name your significant other? Any family, friends, or someone you haven’t thought of in a long time? Go to the Humane Society and play with the puppy. You know? It’s just something that makes you feel better.”

“I think it starts with us,” Farris continued. “Giving ourselves self-worth and worth, and that we are lovable as human beings, simply because of the fact that we were born. We are lovable. Whether someone said it or not, we are all lovable.”

Faris also said that if these sad feelings persist for days or weeks and start to affect your quality of life, it may be time to seek professional help. Most importantly, she says, just because you’re sad, doesn’t mean you’re broken.

“It’s a tough world we’re in right now,” Farris explained. “Everyone is overwhelmed by the exhaustion of COVID-19. Add to this the crisis and chaos in the world, the environment and the economy, and no one knows what’s going on. It’s hard. It’s hard for everyone.”

If you are in crisis, you can call the 24/7 Crisis Line at 1-800-494-7355.

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