Valentine’s Day is almost here—that dreaded date where reality almost always falls short of expectation. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, there’s a lot of pressure to live up to the day. People who are single often feel less-than-themselves on February 14th if they don’t have a date. However, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day without desperately digging through your contacts.
- Friends Night Out
No one ever said that the self-proclaimed “Day of Love” was limited to romance. Celebrate platonic love by planning something with your friends. Go out to eat, see a movie, or, if you want to avoid the many couples on parade, stay in for a Netflix binge session with popcorn. The best part? Your friends won’t care if you wear sweatpants the entire night!
- Reward Yourself
If all your friends have dates, that’s fine! Take the opportunity to reward yourself and relax. Been eyeing the Cheesecake Factory dessert menu online? Get a slice of your favorite flavor. Think your nails need touching up? Go get them done. Haven’t had time to read that new book, or watch that new DVD? Get some snacks and enjoy yourself. The key difference to the stereotypical “singles Valentine’s Day” is that you are pampering yourself, NOT throwing a pity party. Doing things you enjoy will take your mind off of the social expectations of the holiday and allow you to enjoy being you.
- Learn Something New
This one may seem like a stretch, but there’s nothing more rewarding than learning (or perfecting) a new skill. You might finally get around to learning your favorite song on the piano, or teach yourself how to cook your favorite fancy dessert. Maybe you want to try and create a craft from Pinterest. Some of the best projects are those that you make for other people, but feel free to craft for yourself! Even if it doesn’t go exactly as planned, you’ll have something to show for your efforts. This tip is also a good way to distract yourself if you tend to have a hard time on Valentine’s Day.
These were just a couple of ways that you can make the most of a single Valentine’s Day. No matter what you end up doing, just remember what we all have to look forward to: the day-after chocolate sale!