For those in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is a chance to prove, celebrate and reflect on the love they share with their partners. For single people, it’s often a different feeling. There are red pillows and pink teddy bears and hearts everywhere you look, and while that can get overwhelming, it just wouldn’t do to let it all bum you down, would it?
Fortunately, there are so many things single people can do to get the most out of Valentine’s Day- it’s the day of love, so here are a few ways to turn that much-needed love on yourself:
Let’s start with an easy one. Save up money and, come Valentine’s Day, splurge on a new haircut, sleek new sneakers, a makeover or that bomber jacket you’ve always wanted. Take yourself out for a fancy meal and a movie, or have a relaxing picnic in the park with a good book or podcast. Treat yourself to whatever you want, without holding back.
Find a New Hobby
Why not spend the day indulging your hobbies or, even better, developing new ones? Sign up for that pottery class, or join a dance class or a boxing gym. Find a new hobby that looks interesting and see if it’s the right fit for you. You don’t have to do it all alone either- take a friend along, or just show up at the class and you could end up making new pals.
Go on a Staycation
Take the day off and convert it into a staycation! Sit at home in your pyjamas and catch up on your favourite TV series with a glass of vino in hand for that hygge experience. Alternatively, book yourself into a lavish hotel and use the excellent gym and spa to get the pampering you deserve.
Play the Tourist
We’re sometimes so caught up with our lives that we haven’t had a chance to explore the city we’re in, so seize the day! Head to an area of town that you’ve never been to. Weave in and out of those little boutiques and bistros you’ve been eyeing. Sit on a park bench and take a breather, before life catches up with you all over again.
Count Your Blessings
We’re getting a little philosophical here, but hear us out. Look at all the wonderful things you have going on for you- it may be a supportive family, a blooming career, straight As, your loyal dog, even the cake that came out just right. By expressing gratitude for the good life on a day that harps on frantically about romantic love alone, you’re putting things into perspective, and setting the tone for the rest of the year.
Here’s a suggestion: Send a card, flowers or a cheeky gift to another single friend, or a family member, just to remind them of how much you care.
On a day when it feels like the universe is conniving against you and your lack of a romantic relationship, it’s easy to feel disheartened- but flying solo also means having the luxury of splurging and putting your needs first.
So, take advantage of this day to indulge and love yourself!