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Best of Our Blogs: February 13, 2017

Valentine’s Day is coming up. It’s the holiday many of us have a love hate relationship with and that’s understandable.

When I was single, I dreaded it. The heart-filled, chocolate covered day, only seemed to remind me of how alone I felt. I remember being in high school walking around empty-handed as I watched everyone around me filled with excitement about the gifts they got.

I didn’t love it that much more when I found my husband. It was just another reason to spend money on ways to prove my worth as a partner.

Along the way I realized that these were just other people’s expectations of what one single day meant. And I could choose to go along with it, but I could also opt out. It was the relationship I had with myself that was most important.

Before you’re saturated with Valentine’s paraphernalia, read up on our top posts which will inspire you to transform the commercial holiday. Whether it’s learning how to brighten someone else’s day or heal your own childhood issues with neglect, it’s a reminder that you can make Valentine’s Day whatever you want it to be.

Childhood Behavioral Concerns: How to Stop Whining in Its Tracks
(Childhood Behavioral Concerns) – It’s the thing kids do that annoys most adults. Here’s a plan to get rid of whining once and for awhile.

Healing from Parental Neglect
(The Recovery Expert) – If you suffered from neglect as a child, you’re probably still suffering from it as an adult. But there are ways to heal from your parent’s neglect. Here’s how.

10 Small Yet Big Ways to Brighten Someone’s World
(Make a Mess: Everyday Creativity) – This is a beautiful way to celebrate the upcoming holiday or any day. These ten ideas will teach you doing good for others, does good for ourselves.

Recognizing the Source of Irrational Thoughts, Fears, Beliefs and Behaviors
(NLP Discoveries) – You can’t stop yourself from eating that last piece of cake. It’s a struggle to not react to your triggering boss. And try as you may, you can’t speak up. You need to read this.

The Difference between Panic, Manic, and Psychotic Attacks
(The Exhausted Woman) – Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between panic, manic and psychotic attacks. Here’s how to tell the difference.

Best of Our Blogs: February 13, 2017

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: February 13, 2017. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2020, from
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