Let's face it, for most people, February isn't their favorite time of the year. It's cold out, the holidays are over, and there's still a lot of time before spring comes. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't good to be found every day and plenty of things worth celebrating this month. You just need to know where to look.
There are several holidays and observances in February that can give you something to look forward to this month. In turn, this can help you along your path of recovery from addiction. Taking the time to really acknowledge these observances and celebrate them, no matter how small they may be, can boost your mental health and overall wellness. You might even find that you enjoy the month of February more than you anticipated!
Observances to Celebrate in February
The following are some examples of observances worth celebrating in February.
Feb 1: National Get-Up Day
The idea for national get-up day was actually inspired by figure skating. January is National Skating Month, which obviously comes to an end on the first of February. One of the most important things that every skater must learn is that no matter how many times they fall down, they must always get up and keep moving. The same could be said in regard to the struggles that we all experience in our day-to-day lives.
Regardless of how many times we experience trials or tribulations, we have to pick ourselves up and keep going, no matter how hard it gets. This is a great day to share inspiring stories of perseverance through trials.
February 11: National Make-a-Friend Day
Making new friends can be hard, no matter how old you are. But you never know when you're going to meet someone who could totally change your life in a positive way. You also don't know who might be out there that could desperately use your friendship. February 11 is a great day to go out of your way to meet someone new. Introduce yourself to a stranger on the bus. Say hello to that person who always eats their lunch alone. You may end up making a friend for life.
February 13: Galentine's Day
In life, the friendships you have with other women can be more lasting and even more important than your romantic relationships. February 13 is a great day to celebrate the women in your life. Consider going out for brunch, exchanging letters saying how much you mean to each other, or going shopping for gifts for each other.
This could also be a great day to reach out to female family members you might not have talked to in a while. Consider calling up your mom, aunt, or grandma. Hearing from you could really make their entire day.
February 14: Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about chocolate, flowers, and romance. It is essentially a holiday that is just meant to be used as a way to celebrate love. This could be the love you have for your children, parents, friends, or even yourself. Take the time to reach out to those you care about and tell them what they mean to you. You don't know when your last chance to do this could be.
This is also a great day to treat yourself. Go out for a nice meal. Buy yourself that new outfit or appliance you've had your eye on. Take the time to consider what you like about yourself and what you're grateful for.
Celebrating Black History Month
February is also Black History Month in the United States. It is celebrated in some other countries, although not always at the same time. The purpose of this annual observance is to celebrate Black culture, history, and achievement. It is a great opportunity to take the time to recognize well-known Black leaders that did positive things for society, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey, just to name a few.
It's also a great opportunity to learn more about and pay tribute to the struggles that many African Americans have had to endure throughout history in order to make progress within society and earn the dignity, respect, and rights they deserve.
If you're wondering how to celebrate Black History Month, consider checking out some books about Black history or watching a documentary about a famous Black historical figure. If you can, try to look specifically for those that have been written or produced by Black individuals. You can also show your support by patronizing Black-owned restaurants and businesses.
If you've got the extra money, you may also consider donating to a charity that supports equal rights and works to fight against racism.
Even though February might not be everyone's favorite month, there are still things worth celebrating. Taking the time to celebrate even the more minor observances each month can be great for your mental health and give you something to look forward to. There are several holidays and observances this month that can give you something to look forward to – from celebrating Black History Month to observing Galentine's Day. It's essential to find things that will benefit your outlook on life during your path of recovery from addiction. Take the time to celebrate this month. If you are struggling with a substance use disorder, our team at The Ho Tai Way can help. Call (714) 581-3974 today.