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Tips for warding off feelings of loneliness this Valentine's Day

A Sanford integrative health counselor says there are many ways to reduce negative emotions, both for yourself and those you care about.

Valentine's Day brings joy to many, but can also heighten feelings of loneliness for others.
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FARGO — With Valentine's Day just around the corner, some people may be feeling a heightened sense of loneliness.

According to Sanford Integrative Health Counselor Chelsey Strand, there are many ways to avoid negative emotions during the holiday.

Strand says there are many things people can do to distract themselves from feeling lonely, like practicing self-care through their favorite hobbies, volunteering, or even connecting with friends who may also be feeling down.

"Reach out to someone you haven't in a while, so picking up the phone and letting someone know that you're thinking about them. Getting together with some friends. Going out for some coffee."

Others may be separated from loved ones geographically, and while technology can be used to bridge that gap, Strand said being fully invested when meeting digitally is key.


"I think as long as you're able to, you know, think outside of the box and the energy you bring makes it feel like you're in the room with that person."

Strand said you can also use technology to reach out to people you haven't talked to in a while to spread the love this Valentine's Day. He also said focusing on love is what's most important, whether that's towards yourself or others.

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