Valentine's Day When You're Single

Valentine's Day When You're Single

Maybe you’ve gotten out of relationship recently or you haven’t been in one for a while. Maybe you haven’t gained the guts to talk to your crush yet or perhaps,  you’re just taking a break from dating and enjoying “me time.” Whatever it is, being single on Valentine’s Day can be a major drag.

From knowing  about your friends’ plans to seeing all the ads on TV and social media. New movies come out that are specifically geared to Valentine’s Day. Even the chocolate is wrapped in those tiny boxes shaped like a heart. It honestly seems like you can’t get away from the cheese-y holiday.

Valentine’s Day dates back to the fifteenth century. It wasn’t until the seventeenth century, however, that Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated in Great Britain. Americans caught on to the trend in the early 1700s. Mass-produced valentines started being distributed in the 1840s. The bad news, then, is that it’s historical. There’s no easy way to escape Valentine’s Day.

So what can you do?

Well, first of all: Don’t listen to that sappy music playlist or watch all of those rom-coms if you know that’s going to make you feel bad about yourself. That won’t help and you will only feel worse, trust me. It’s not what you need.

But here’s some advice on how to deal with Valentine’s Day when you’re single.

1. Throw a singles party

Invite everyone over who’s single! Have everyone bring a snack or something, and together you can just enjoy the night away.

2. Treat yo’ self

You deserve some time to yourself. Treat yourself to a workout or yoga session. Maybe cook or bake your favorite dish? Paint your nails, color, play an instrument, read a book. Do anything that makes you feel at peace and better!

3. Call someone you love

Remind someone you care about them. Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a bit. It’ll be a nice thing for both you and them and will remind you that there are people there who love and support you.

4. Volunteer

Help others out and make a difference while you’re at it. It’s good for everyone! Not only will you be aiding whatever venture you decide to take part in, but you will also feel good for giving your time and effort into such a commitment.

5. Try something new

Is there something you’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t had the time? Well you have a free night! Try it! Go and put yourself out there. You won’t regret it.

6. Laugh

If you’re feeling a little down that you don’t have a date for the night, watch some comedy. You can’t be sad while you’re laughing! There are plenty of comedy skits on Netflix. Hasan Minhaj, Russell Peters, and Ali Wong are three of my favorites.

7. Indulge

Eat those sweets. Gobble down the whole chocolate bar and don’t regret it. Have that extra cookie or slice of cake. You could even indulge in a shopping spree. You deserve this.

8. All in all, just have fun

This is not an all encompassing list. You get to choose what you do. It’s your day, just like any other date on the calendar. You don’t have to think it as Valentine’s Day but as just another ordinary day.

February 14 may be typically for couples, but you have every right to enjoy the day too as a single, powerful, and amazing woman.

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