Being single doesn’t seem like something to celebrate. Relationships are the focus of many of the big Hollywood movies.
Our Insta feeds are filled with snaps of ‘happy couples’ and there’s a mountain of advice on how not to be single. You’d be forgiven for thinking everyone in the world is in a relationship except you.
However, that’s not the case. According to the most recent Irish Census, 41% of people over 15 years-old are single. Yet still we can feel the pressure to ‘couple up’ and it can be challenging. We might be content with our life, but dealing with other people’s judgement can affect our sense of happiness and our overall mental health.
We all have our own inner dialogue and sometimes, we can be pretty self critical. Notice if you are putting yourself under pressure to be in relationship and explore why that is. What would being in a relationship change for you? We can convince ourselves that everyone in relationships is happier than we are. Thinking about this realistically you know that cannot be possible. Try to re-frame your thoughts to “a relationship is not the only way to make me happy”. Read more about dealing with self-criticism here.