Being single can be tough on a lot of women, and no day is tougher than Valentine’s Day. But with these tips, you can keep your chin up and maybe even enjoy this Feb. 14.
Treat yourself to something special
Think of it this way: When you spend Valentine’s Day with a partner, you have to compromise and make sure you’re doing things you both will enjoy. But when you’re single, the day is your own, so you can spend it however you like! Get a massage, go window-shopping, take a painting class, curl up with a good book, unwind with a cheesy movie, test out a new restaurant — the possibilities are endless. The point is, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about loving others; it’s also about loving yourself. So give yourself some love this year.
Focus on a task you enjoy
Around Valentine’s Day it’s easy to feel constantly reminded that you don’t have a partner. But being single doesn’t define you as a person. You are so much more than your relationship status. To help you remember this, spend Valentine’s Day doing an activity that will remind you just how much you’re capable of. If you enjoy cooking, spend the evening creating a delicious dish for yourself that you’ve never tried before. Or if you have a passion for home decor, dedicate the day to planning out how you might redo a certain room in your home. Every individual has a multitude of unique skills and passions, so don’t forget to take the time to celebrate those this Feb. 14.
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Dedicate your time to others
With all the red and pink displays adorning stores at this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in feeling that a romantic evening is the ideal way to spend Valentine’s Day. But there are plenty of other worthwhile and rewarding ways to spend the day. Volunteering or assisting others in some way will help remind you how much good you can do. If a Valentine’s Day fundraiser is going on in your area, ask if you can volunteer your time. Or make it more personal by offering your assistance to a friend or family member who’s going through a challenging time. Offering your help even for just an hour or two will be of great service to others and leave you with a warm, “feel-good” vibe all day long.
Spread the love around
Love between partners isn’t the only love worth celebrating on Valentine’s Day — far from it. So rather than spending your day bemoaning the fact you don’t have a partner to whom you can say “I love you,” spread that love around. Calling family members and friends to let them know you’re thinking of them, stiking up a conversation with someone new at work and smiling at passers-by are just some of the many ways you can make Valentine’s Day about so much more than flowers and chocolates. Chances are you’ll quickly discover that the more you remind others there are people out there who care, the more you’ll be convinced of that fact yourself. So spread the love this Valentine’s Day.