RALEIGH, N.C. —  While many celebrate and enjoy the Valentine’s Day holiday, others may be going through loss, loneliness or a mental illness making the holiday tough.

Spectrum News 1 spoke with International Speaker and Mindset Teacher Dipal Shah for insight on methods to promote self-care and self-love.


What You Need To Know

The Valentine’s Day holiday can be tough for people going through loss, loneliness or a mental illness

Mindset coach Dipal Shah recommends finding self-care practices, such as being active, cooking, music and activities that make you feel happy

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255


“As America’s self-care expert, I see self-care as more than an Instagram hashtag,” Shah said. “I see it as taking actions that help you find balance within yourself by prioritizing your mental, emotional and physical health.”

She says people often find themselves in a gap of Valentine’s Day depression.

“It’s a deep overwhelming sadness where you might feel lonely, grief, breakup, trauma, all these things come to the surface,” Shah explained.

For people feeling pressure to be in a relationship, Shah recommends recognizing where that pressure is coming from and then create boundaries and do things that make you happy.

“When you become more active, doing different things like walking in nature, running, joining a sport, yoga, even cooking or listening to music, it gets those happy hormones going and that’s what we want,” Shah said.

Shah recommends self-care practices for anyone, regardless of their situation. She provides additional information and sessions on her website, Ananda4life.com.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, help also is available 24 hours a day through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.