A COVID Valentine’s Day: A Day of Love and Connection in 2021
As Valentine’s Day approaches, people everywhere are wondering about the best way to celebrate love and connection this year. Valentine’s Day is a time to encourage and celebrate those we love. We get to show appreciation for their role in our lives and treat them with gifts or acts of service. In a time marked by isolation and loneliness, taking the time to appreciate connection is even more critical.
How Is Valentine’s Day in 2021 Going to Be Different?
Traditionally, Valentine’s Day often looks like a romantic dinner out gazing into each other’s eyes and saying nice things, with perhaps an encore to follow at home. With the COVID-19 pandemic still unfolding, most of us are dealing with limits that interfere with this traditional celebration to some degree. (New Zealand, you guys are lucky.) This year, most couples will need to find a way to connect during isolation intentionally. Fortunately, changing things up can provide an opportunity to refocus your Valentine’s Day 2021 to match your priorities.
The Importance of Celebrating Your Connection with Your Partner
The intentional celebration of connection helps your partner feel affirmed and appreciated in their role in your life. While it’s important to find time each day to interact with our significant others with appreciation, Valentine’s Day can be the perfect excuse to do a little extra. Setting aside time to expressing delight and gratitude toward each other reaffirms and strengthens your bond.
COVID-19 has been a lonely year, keeping us away from people we might normally interact with socially. Valentine’s Day can be the perfect time to shine the light on the sense of belonging our romantic relationships bring us. The intentional use of your time with your partner can help draw you closer together.
Celebrating your connection with your significant other can be a great source of joy. Valentine’s Day is not only a time for you to pour life, appreciation, and encouragement into your partner, but for them to do the same for you. Being on the receiving end of this can be a great mood booster for any relationship. It’s helpful to align your romantic expectations beforehand so that you both get to participate in the day in a life-giving, joy-building way.
Lastly, celebrating your connection to others can be a source of strength in your lives. Taking the time to remind ourselves of the valuable role that relationships have in our lives can prompt us to lean on them during trying times. As the pandemic continues to unfold, we all need the strength found in our connection to others.
How to Safely Celebrate Connection This Year
For couples that live in the same household, you might not be able to go out to dinner, but there are still plenty of safe ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For example, you could cook a meal together, order food for pick up or delivery, watch a movie, play games, exchange valentines or gifts, and/or just shower each other with affection. Even if you do a heart-shaped pizza dinner and a movie with your kids, set aside some time for looking each other in the face, just the two of you, whether it’s over tea and conversation or a competitive game of canasta.
For those who might not live in the same household as their significant other, there are still safe ways that you can celebrate your relationship. If you plan to see each other on Valentine’s Day, it is important to follow CDC guidelines. Quarantine, get tested for COVID, and socially distance. While this might not be the Valentine’s Day you anticipated, you can still reap the benefits of celebrating your connection to one another. Virtual or socially distanced dates with masks, showering each other with verbal affection, and exchanging valentines are all still great options.
Love and connection are vital and necessary components of the human experience. Find time to celebrate your connection to those you love this Valentine’s Day.
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