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Feeling Lonely? Here's How to Boost Mental Health

By Brandi Goodman 

Valentine's Day is approaching. With days like this devoted to love, it's easy for men and women who are single to feel alone and not good enough. When you're feeling lonely and down about yourself, you need to focus on ways to boost your mental health. It will help you get through these types of holidays a bit easier.

Volunteer

You're not the only one who doesn't have someone to share days like this with. It's a sad and lonely feeling, but you don't have to be alone. Spend the day volunteering. You'll get to be surrounded by others who need the company and companionship just as much as you. It can feel good to get to talk with some people while also helping make a difference in other ways. 

Plan a Friend Date

Maybe you don't have a significant other to celebrate with, but perhaps you have a friend. Plan a friend date instead so you still get to have an enjoyable time. Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about romantic love. You can celebrate it with anyone you care about. A friend or family member can be great company.

Visit an Animal Shelter

Shelters are full of animals who don't have homes. They're often the loneliest creatures of all. Spend your day visiting an animal shelter and giving some love and affection to some pets who need it. You may even find yourself wanting to adopt. Adopting a pet can give you some companionship and another being to look after to give yourself a sense of purpose.

Spend Time Outdoors

Some time outside can do your mental health good. Taking a walk is ideal because it allows you to clear your mind and take in the beauty of nature around you while also boosting your mood. Exercise releases endorphins that can make you feel good, and a walk through a beautiful atmosphere can feel great.

Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day, and even other holidays in general can leave many people feeling sad and lonely. As these days approach it's important to focus on your mental health so you can handle them as best as possible when they arrive. Find other ways to celebrate the day, even if just for yourself. You may not relieve your loneliness entirely but you can find better methods to cope with those feelings.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gilbert, Ariz.

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