Stress & Self-Care

Best Advice: Surviving Valentine’s Day

It seems we’ve only just made (and lapsed from) our January healthy-eating promises, and now the stores are overflowing with pink candy in heart-shaped boxes.

As part of my regular efforts to round up topical advice from the interwebs, here is your quick guide to surviving Valentine’s Day.

  1. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, Marie Claire sensibly points out the romantic hype around February 14th is getting somewhat silly. They suggest an antidote of Sleepless in Seattle and plenty of red wine.
  2. If you are single, please know that very few of us smug-marrieds are enjoying luxury date nights on February 14th. In my house, we usually toddle down the road for some once-a-year burgers at Wendy’s. I know another couple who push the boat out with beans on toast.

    Image: Zazzle

    Image: Zazzle

  3. Regardless of relationship status, there’s no harm in a little window-shopping, right? If you fancy a bit of British daydreaming to brighten up this time of year, Jackie at Anglotopia has kindly put together a list of British actors she’d consider leaving her husband for. Ooh-ee. Do you agree with her picks?
  4. But watch out. Apparently, British men should come with an instruction manual, especially for American admirers. The first part of your essential guide to dating a British man suggests that you don’t gush about his accent…
  5. Perhaps, on balance, all this romance stuff sounds too much like hard work. In that case, you might want to wait until the 15th and then buy yourself some luxury chocolate, on the cheap. I loved this advice from San Francisco company Gourmet Walks: how to eat chocolate every day and stay thin.

What are your favourite strategies for gliding through Valentine’s Day?

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  1. Reply
    Joanne Phillips
    February 1, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Hi Pauline,
    Great post! My strategy for Valentine’s Day is usually just to remember to actually buy my hubby a card! This is always a busy time of year, and even though you can’t avoid it in the shops, it’s easy to forget you still have to do this kind of stuff when you’re married 😉
    This year my second book is released on V. Day so I’ve got it in my mind a lot more than usual. But hubby will hardly get a look in, I’ll be so busy!
    Jo x

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