LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb 10, 2020) – Valentine’s Day is a day of celebration and love for some. For others, it can be lonely, sad or stressful – and that’s OK. Take a moment and read a few things you should keep in mind about relationships this year.
- Be wary of how much casual dating you’re doing.
Dr. Matthew Neltner, Chief Psychiatrist at University Health Service (UHS), says that focusing on building a stable emotional relationship with another individual leads to longer-term relationship satisfaction.
- Online dating can be a great way to meet people, but be careful what you wish for.
“With the advent of online dating, there seems to be a big spike in sexually transmitted infections, so safer sex is really important these days,” said Neltner. “Improving sexual health is a big need in the future.”
- Know your love language.
Dr. Neltner always recommends “The 5 Love Languages,” to people in relationships.
“An important factor for healthy relationships is having your emotional needs met, but also looking at what you’re able to provide for your partner,” said Neltner.
- Most importantly, it’s totally OK not to have a significant other on Valentine’s Day.
It may feel like there’s a lot of pressure, but the day isn’t always about romantic love. Spend time with friends and loved ones and make sure they know how much you care for them. Also, it never hurts to buy some discounted chocolate the next day!
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