Valentine’s Day is expected to be a day of romance, love, gifts, adornment, flowers, jewelry, chocolates and more. Most view Valentine’s Day as a couple’s holiday – and if you’re single, thoughts regarding relationship status may arise. Some who are single on Valentine’s Day may experience feelings of sadness, anger, resentment and more – but having a disorder can make this holiday even more challenging. Eating disorders paired with the guilt and loneliness associated with being single on Valentine’s Day provides an open door for negative body image issues, much of what both women and men experience.
The National Eating Disorders Association defines negative body image as involving a distorted perception of the shape of your body, believing that only other people are attractive and that your body is a sign of personal failure, feeling ashamed or self-conscious about your body, and feeling uncomfortable or awkward in your body. Negative body image can lead to an eating disorder, and many who experience this feel depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, up to 30 million people of all ages go through eating disorders in the United States alone.
Valentine’s Day can bring about feelings of despair, as societal views pinpoint us on the notion that romantic relationships are central to human existence and without one, we are merely drifters in the wind. If you’re feeling down this Valentine’s Day, consider the many benefits of being single. Health Magazine notes several advantages, including being less likely to gain weight, increased likelihood of exercising regularly, the ability to have closer friends, less stress about chores and money, and more. Change your perception of what Valentine’s Day is really about, and turn it into a day for self-care. Get a good night’s rest and take a lovely walk. Make yourself a big breakfast, and read an intriguing book. Make this day one to remember, for yourself, your wellbeing, and your happiness. You deserve it.
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