Valentine’s Day can be one of the hardest days to be single, but it doesn’t have to be! Take a look at our tips for enjoying Valentine’s whatever your relationship status.
If you’re single on Valentine’s Day it can be difficult not to feel pangs of loneliness. It’s impossible to ignore all of the love hearts, cards, giant teddy bears and dinner-for-two offers around.
However happy you are being single, Valentine’s Day acts as a potentially painful yearly reminder of what you don’t have. But, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom – you can actually enjoy yourself on Valentine’s Day!
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of Valentine’s when you’re single:
Take yourself on a date
You don’t need to wait around for someone to take you out on a date this Valentine’s Day – take yourself! Book a trip to the cinema, visit an exhibition that you’ve been meaning to see, or go for a coffee and a slice of cake at your favourite café. And if you don’t relish the thought of being surrounded by couples on your own, why not get a group together? Invite a few of your single friends and head out to a nice restaurant or cocktail bar. There’s no reason why you should miss out on all the fun because you’re single!
It’s especially important to take a little time out for self-care when you’re not feeling your best. Not only will it make you feel better, but it also boosts your self-esteem - ideal for when you need a little reminder that you’re amazing, whether you’re single or in a relationship. Book a massage, head to the nearest Jacuzzi, or set up a spa day at home. We’d recommend running a hot bubble bath, adding a few drops of lavender, lighting a candle or three, and settling in with a good book for the evening.
Indulge in a little retail therapy
Sometimes, when all else fails, the best thing you can do is to let loose with a little retail therapy. Now, we’re not encouraging reckless overspending (there are few things more miserable than being in debt), but there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to something that you’ve had your eye on for a while to help you feel better. Whether it’s a new pair of jeans that you know you’ll look and feel great wearing, or a bottle of wine that you wouldn’t normally splash out on, indulging in a small splurge is sure to give you a lift.
Be kind to yourself
When we feel bad, we’re often guilty of making ourselves feel even worse. Whether it’s by making choices that we know are unhealthy, committing to things that we don’t want to do in case we let people down, or telling ourselves that we’re not good enough. Try to treat yourself like you’d treat your best friend. Start by making a list of all the reasons that you are good enough - everything you have to be proud of and all of the things that your friends would say about you. Keep it somewhere safe and read it whenever you’re feeling low.
Turn off your tech
There are few worse places to spend Valentine’s Day when you’re single than scrolling through social media. No matter what you do, as soon as you venture online, you’ll likely be bombarded with engagement announcements, gushing status updates and smug couple selfies. Why not disconnect for the day? You’ll be amazed at how much free time will open up when you stay off your phone. Catch up on a TV boxset, host a dinner party for your single friends or try out a new hobby.