Professionals Offer Advice for Surviving a Single Valentine's Day

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Valentine's Day can be a very special day for couples across the Valley, but it can also be kind of tough for some who are single.

"Valentine's Day is about the senses, and one of our most important senses is touch," shared Trisha Brown Leweke, a local massage therapist.

If you're looking for something to do on Valentine's Day, why not go to a place where they will offer you roses, chocolate truffles, and sparkling wine?

It's a great way to relax and enjoy the holiday, even if you are by yourself.

That's why Leweke suggests treatment like a massage to help you feel connected to someone.

"When I see a client who was anxious, when they're no longer anxious, it's an incredible feeling," Leweke continued.

It's that anxiety around a holiday that's so focused on being with someone can really weigh on those of us still looking for that better half.

"I do see people that do get depressed especially around any holiday, not just Valentine's Day," shared licensed therapist, Nicole Curtis.

Curtis helps people with issues like this every day. What's her best advice for Feb. 14?

"Doing something to pamper yourself would be perfect," she continued.

On the other hand, you could just skip the holiday all together and check out a local anti-Valentine's Day party.

Thom Metroka is sponsoring one at his business in Harrisonburg.

"It's a nice alternative for those who are single that are maybe looking to mingle a little bit," he shared.

For them, it's about making everyone feel wanted, even on a day when some of us may be feeling a little extra down.

"Get out and enjoy yourself. Why sit at home and be pouty about not having a valentine? Get out and find one," Metroka continued.

If all else fails, maybe a match-making service can help you find love. Take the service, "It Takes Two" for example. They say meeting a matchmaker in person helps them coach you through the daunting dating scene. It's different from Internet dating because they know the person they're setting you up with.

That means there's less room for false information and embellishment on your date's part.

Their main advice?

Stay positive and remember each wrong individual you meet, gets you one step closer to the right person. That's an idea that these professionals echo across the Valley.

"Valentine's Day is a holiday where we tell people, take care of yourself," concluded Leweke.

"Maybe just get a way and enjoy themselves. Enjoy being single and free and maybe finding somebody, or even enjoy the person you're with and do the typical not go out to dinner and get roses and what not," added Metroka.

"It doesn't have to be romantic like Valentine's Day is all about," concluded Curtis. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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