Grief Expert Release 5 Tools to Navigate Grief on Valentine's Day

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Many people spend Valentine's grieving due to the loss of a loved one or being single. Edy Nathan MA, LCSW gives 5 ways to make it through Valentine's Day.

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Be a change agent in creating a day worth living

This is a holiday that began in the High Middle Ages, when courtly love abounded. It is now a holiday of confections, cards and lovers declaring undying devotion for one another. Nathan states, “When you are not in a relationship or have recently lost a loved one the incessant commercialism of Valentine’s Day can cause depressive and anxious thoughts.”

Here are 5 tools to navigate through grief on Valentines Day:

1.    If the day was historically important to the relationship, plan for it by choosing activities that are filled with self-care: go for a massage, a walk, visit a museum, watch something funny on TV or read a good book.
2.    Introvert or extrovert?: Nathan states: “ IF you are an extrovert, reach out to people to make the day a good one or if you are an introvert, plan for quiet time. This is a day to love yourself.”
3.    Be romantic with the self: Take a bubble bath with candles; write a love letter to the self or the lost loved one.
4.    Be spontaneous and take a chance at something that has been on a personal bucket list.
5.    Create a new ritual for the day that inspires creativity, self-love or acts of kindness toward others.

Be a change agent in creating a day worth living. Choose to make all days special, rather than believing that only one day of the year is meant to honor love.

About Edy Nathan:
Edy Nathan is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience specializing in grief. For two seasons she was the therapist on the A&E TV Show, “Psychic Kids”. She holds Masters from both New York University and Fordham University. She has post-graduate training from the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, The Gestalt Center and the Jungian Institute. She is a certified EMDR practitioner, regression therapist, certified hypnotherapist, relationship and grief expert. To find out more, visit EdyNathan.com.

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