Despite Valentine’s Day being a celebration of the love you have for your partner, multiple studies, including one tracking Facebook breakup statuses, have shown that more couples are likely to breakup in the weeks before and after Valentine’s Day. In fact, the media has actually dubbed the Tuesday before Valentine’s Day as Red Tuesday, the day of the year when most couples split up.
Research has shown that there are 3 main reasons for this:
If you’re feeling disappointed and dissatisfied with your relationship on Valentine’s Day this year, ask yourself whether you’re just disappointed with how you celebrated it with your partner and the effort you felt they made on the day. If that’s the case, try to get some perspective around how you feel about your relationship throughout the rest of the year and judge it on that instead. If it’s just a case of a disappointing Valentine’s Day have the conversation around your expectations with your partner so that you’re not in the same position this time next year.
If however, it’s an indication of how you’re feeling with your partner and relationship overall, then maybe this is the wakeup call you need to address the issues in your relationship to see whether it can be saved. This is going to require some open and honest conversation between both of you and may even benefit from some professional support.
If you’re reading this and going through a breakup, or you’re single and want some ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day, then read my blog: How to be happy and single on Valentine’s Day. It was written during lockdown, but the tips still apply. You can read it here: https://www.sarah-woodward.com/blog/how-to-be-happy-and-single-this-valentine-s-day-in-lockdown
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