Valentine’s Day is here and the day can be difficult for both sexes, whether you’re in a relationship or not.

Valentine’s Day is either the most romantic day of the year or yet another Hallmark holiday.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to get you through the day.

In a relationship

DO have realistic expectations

Have realistic expectations about what you will receive or how you will celebrate Valentine’s Day. It is important to discuss your expectations and plans for Valentine’s Day. A lot of people create elaborate expectations and they think something really special is going to happen. It’s just really, another day of the year.

DON’T let Valentine’s Day define your relationship.
Deciding what happens on Valentine’s Day does not define your relationship. Don’t let a less-than-spectacular Valentine’s Day make you feel that your partner doesn’t love you. There are many ways to celebrate the day and just because the two of you don’t see them the same way doesn’t mean that your relationship isn’t strong. Gifts for one day doesn’t define a relationship.

DO agree on how to celebrate.
Compromise with your partner about how to celebrate — some people aren’t into the Hallmark holidays Find something you can both feel comfortable doing as a way to celebrate the day. Try to find a happy medium not a day where you’re arguing. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on your partner to make Valentine’s Day extra special.

DON’T spend beyond your means

In this economy everyone is scaling back. Florists increase the cost of roses sometimes 10 times just because it’s Valentine’s Day. Don’t get caught up in overpriced gimmicks when the same money can buy you and your Valentine twice as much the very next day. Given what people’s financial situation is this time around, people don’t have money, you shouldn’t feel pressured to go into debt. You don’t have to give gifts on Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to go somewhere fancy.




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