Coping With Valentine’s Day After Divorce or Separation

Coping With Valentine’s Day After Divorce or Separation

Coping With Valentines Day After Divorce or Separation

Valentine’s Day can be a challenging period for those who have recently separated or divorced, while everyone’s situation is different and there is no perfect solution, here are a few tips that may help:

Digital Detox

In a digital age, being bombarded with photos of romantic and newly engaged couples can take its toll. Consider putting your phone away, at least for the rest of the day. A short break on social media can provide relief and reduce emotional triggers.


Treat yourself to activities you enjoy, whether it’s getting your nails done, going to the gym, or watching your favourite sport. During tough times, self-care is important and taking time to treat yourself is a worthy indulgence.

Spend Time With Your Children

If you have children, spend some time with them, they can be a positive distraction, offering their love and joy, especially on a day when emotions are running high.

Doing Something Nice for Someone

Boost your positive outlook by doing something nice for someone else. Whether it’s buying chocolates for a friend or helping a neighbour, random acts of kindness can shift your focus from the negative.

Maintain Positive

Remind yourself that you deserve happiness on Valentine’s Day regardless of whether you are in a relationship or not. Recognise that others will be going through the same situation, and you are not the only one navigating through this difficult time.

Understand the Challenges

Divorce or separation is a difficult process. Recognising that a relationship has ended is never easy, but acknowledging the difficulties of this life-changing event is an important step to moving forward.


If you are struggling, or feeling lonely, reach out to family or friends for support. Having someone you can reach out to and talk to can be a big help. If you need further support, external help is available: Mental Health Crisis Helplines

If you require legal advice following the breakdown of a relationship or marriage, contact us to speak with a member of our team, we are here to help.

Published: 14 February 2024

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