Single on Valentine's Day? We have your survival guide!
For me personally, Valentine's Day is such a 'have', as we are all bombarded by the ‘lovey-dovey’ marketing that raises expectations and has turned a sweet, simple day into a commercial success at the expense of singles’ and couples’ everywhere. Why do we need a day to be told to appreciate someone you love? A crush, friends, family, or yourself?.....so why not use Valentine’s Day as a reminder to show that you appreciate them being in your life.
Valentine’s Day for those of us who are not coupled up can feel more like a ‘Singles’ Awareness Day’. Or perhaps if you are not the romantic type and more a realist (like me), we’ve got some tips on how to navigate through Valentine’s Day unscathed….
Diversion. OK, so if Valentine’s Day is really not your jam, give these suggestions a crack and it will be just like another day of the week.
Plan a night out on the town with your friends. You’re sure to meet other singles who might possibly be employing the same tactics as you on this day….see where the night takes you!
Splurge on that something you’ve wanted! Or, treat yourself to a day of pampering.
Host a party for you and your single mates and call it ‘Singles Awareness Day’, ask your friends to bring a single friend along too
Avoid acknowledging the holiday at all and just enjoy a quiet evening at home.
Substitution. Whether you’re newly single or if you can’t be with your special someone on Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered with these great alternatives.
Plan a special night or day out with another single friend instead of your sweetheart
Spend the morning, afternoon or evening with another loved one, like single grandparent or another family member who you are close to that is also ‘flying solo’
You don’t need to rely on someone else to buy you flowers and chocolates, go ahead and buy them for yourself!
Don’t forget about your furry companion, you could always treat them to a special outing, a special dinner or treat from you.
Philanthropy. “He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love”. ~ St. Basil. Now St Basil was definitely onto something great there, so spread that kindness love everywhere!
Celebrate the day by doing some good by volunteering in your community
If you have couple friends with kids, offer to babysit so that they might enjoy a night out together
Do a random act of kindness by sending a gift (anonymous if you like) of flowers to another singleton who is experiencing a challenging time
Offer to work for a coupled coworker so he or she can leave early
Bitterness. To heck with it all, Happy unimaginative, consumerist-oriented and entirely arbitrary, manipulative & shallow interpretation of romance day!
Get a tub of ice cream and some sappy rom-com movies and wallow in your pity.
Hang out with your other single Valentine’s Day-hating friends and bag-out your former loves.
Spend the evening stalking your exes on social media
We hope you’ve found some inspiration from some of these ideas. We’d love to hear some of your own ideas or experiences of Valentine’s Day. For me personally, all I need is a box of scorched almonds to share with the hubby after the kids have gone to bed- bliss!
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