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Feeling lonely on Valentine’s Day

Posted on: February 7, 2023

Feeling lonely on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can bring up a variety of emotions depending on where you are in your life. While it can bring up feelings of joy and love for some, it may be a lonely day for others. However, loneliness is not an emotion that is experienced exclusively on Valentine’s Day, rather it is a greater emotion that is felt by some year-round. Fortunately, there are many ways that we can work to reduce the loneliness we may be experiencing. Here are some tips and resources from Hello4Health™:

  • Try reducing loneliness by volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and develop new connections with those you are engaging with. This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, it would be a great opportunity to try volunteering somewhere new! Here are a few volunteering ideas that you can do on Valentine’s Day:
    • Send an e-card to children at your local hospital, click here to Send a Greeting Card.
    • Pack winter warmth kits with a Valentine’s Card for people experiencing homelessness in your local area.
    • Donate children’s books to a local family shelter
  • Valentine’s Day is not just for romantic relationships, but also for spending time with family and friends. Try getting together and connecting through sharing photos and stories as a fun activity.
  • Try these lifelong activities and/or join engagement groups, which can help aid in building lasting connections with peers around you.

Highlighting Black History Month

February is Black History Month. This month is dedicated to honoring Black history and celebrating Black culture by recognizing the many achievements and contributions Black people have had across the U.S. Additionally, this month helps recognize the struggles faced by the Black community both historically and presently. Here are some ways you can celebrate and honor this Black History Month and beyond:

Mental well-being resources for all ages

Did you know Allina Health has mental well-being resources for people of all ages? You’re probably most familiar with Hello4Health, which focuses on social connections for adults, but Allina has two other mental well-being programs we encourage you to check out!

Health Powered Kids focuses on youth, ages 3-14, with lesson plans to help kids Be Active, Keep Clean, Find Balance and Eat Well. Examples of their well-being resources include:

Change to Chill focuses on youth, ages 13-19, with resources to help teens become more aware of what stress is, what causes it and how to manage it. Examples of their well-being resources include: