Valentine's Day can be particularly tough if you have just lost a partner or are recently divorced, says Debbie Mandel, author and radio host.
If you have just lost your partner, consider the following strategies for Valentine's Day.
Create a ritual commemorating your love like visiting a place you both enjoyed, such as the beach, a park or a hike. Recall your partner to life with a beautiful or humorous memory.
Create a new ritual for yourself. Rediscover your new identity and fall in love with you. Go to a spa to be touched again with a massage and facial. Do a new workout like belly dancing.
Delight in your five senses. Try to do something special for every sense from aromatherapy to music.
If you are newly divorced, here are a few ways to make it through the day.
Buy yourself a special gift that symbolizes who you are or who you wish to be.
Begin your "New Year" of love with a positive, healthy change for the better, whether it is being an attentive listener instead of a talker, or eating a balanced breakfast, or exercising three times a week, Mandel says. Now is the time to do it for you.