Valentine’s Day may sound like fun and romance when you’re in a relationship but it might not be so enticing if you're single. Hearing your friends talk about their romantic plans for the weekend may, understandably, have you feeling a bit down.
So what should you do? First, take the idea that Valentine’s Day is only for couples and throw it out the window.
Valentine’s Day is instead about love—and we’re not just talking romantic love. As you commit to loving yourself abundantly, make plans that reflect this.
This year, make a commitment to celebrate love single, sober and proud. Here are 6 ways you can be an inspiration to those who are in the same shoes as you (because, whether it feels like it or not, there are many).
1. Have a Spa Day
This idea works better for women than men, but men can certainly enjoy a spa day as well. Make an appointment for a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure and, if you can get to a Jacuzzi, soak yourself in the hot tub for a while. You deserve to spoil yourself at such times and you’ll feel so much better at the end of the day.
2. Get Together with Friends for Dinner
Chances are you have single friends so invite them either out to dinner or cook dinner for them yourself. This can be a wonderful time to reconnect and simply enjoy each other’s company. Smile, laugh and celebrate the love you have for yourselves and each other.
3. Throw a Valentine’s Day Party
If you like to host people for parties, throw a single and sober Valentine’s Day party and invite your friends and acquaintances. You don’t have to keep the party only for singles though—invite couples if you’d like. Make some great appetizers and have everyone bring a dish to pass. Celebrate this holiday with those closest to you.
4. Buy Yourself a Gift
If you love to get flowers and/or chocolates on Valentine’s Day, go ahead and buy yourself some. If you’ve got some extra cash, go shopping and buy yourself that cute outfit you’ve been wanting or those new pair of shoes you’ve had your eyes on. Treating yourself once in a while is a great way to celebrate your love for you.
5. Take a Bubble Bath
You’ve probably wanted to take a bubble bath for a while but for one reason or another you’ve just never made the time. Valentine’s Day is a great day to soak in a hot tub with your favorite music playing or in complete silence. Take some deep breaths and relax for a while. Think about how far you’ve come in life and make some mental notes about how great your future will be. Make room for the simple pleasures in life.
6. Go See a Movie
There’s probably a movie playing in the theater right now that you want to see, so make plans to go see it alone or with a friend. If you don’t like going to the movies alone, ask around ahead of time to see if anyone wants to join. Most likely, you’ve got a friend or two who are single and not too thrilled to be sitting at home on Valentine’s Day either. Make their day by asking them to go with you.
You don’t have to fret this Valentine’s Day. If you adopt a positive perspective and be proactive when it comes to celebrating your love for yourself, you’ll be able to have a fantastic day without any romantic pressures or regrets.