Being single on Valentine’s day seems like the worst. But honestly, it doesn’t have to be. There’s plenty of things you can do that don’t need a partner, and it’s a particularly great time to make some space for a bit of self-love. But if you do fancy going out on a date, there’s nothing wrong with that either!
Here are some of my favourite things that I’ve done on Valentine’s day over the years:
Book yourself a spa day
Honestly, the place will be dead. All those cute couples will be off somewhere else enjoying their posh night out, and you’ll have the place virtually to yourself. You could even make it a date with your bestie and enjoy the treat together.
Just do one thing for me – pick the luxury package. You deserve to be spoilt every now and again, even if you have to spoil yourself.
Have a party with your single friends
I know in our thirties it feels like all our friends have got married and had babies, but I know that if you look around you’ll find a few more people who are single this February.
Throw a party and invite them all. I’m entirely sure that some of them will have been dreading the 14th too, and will be more than happy for the invite!
And there’s nothing wrong with throwing a Valentine’s theme party either – tell everyone to wear red or pink, watch silly romcoms on Netflix (Bridget Jones is always my first choice, followed by The Proposal), do Valentine crafts you found on Pinterest and celebrate your friendship. Just like you did in primary school when you wrote ‘Happy Valentine’ cards for everyone in the class!
Stay off social media
I love friend-dates for Valentine’s Day, and I don’t mind being on my own, but what I really hate is the outpouring of cuteness on social media. I love my friends, but they really do love to proclaim their gooey love at this time of year, and there’s only so much of that I can take…
So I take a social media holiday for a few days most years and use the time to get stuff done that’s been languishing at the bottom of my to-do list for far too long. If you’re sick of other peoples crushingly lovesick statuses, then this may well work for you!
Go on a date
Sometimes if you can’t beat them, you’re better off joining them. But you’ve not got long before Valentine’s Day, so you’d better start looking for your new beau sooner rather than later. There are plenty of free dating sites UK singles can check out in order to find a cheeky Valentine’s Date.
In fact, sites like matchmehappy make it easy. Just log on, create a profile, and you’ll be well on your way to finding another single keen for a date on Valentine’s Day.
There’s nothing that says Valentine’s Day has to be exclusively for established couples. If you fancy a bit of the flirting and none of the long-term commitment then you do you!
But whatever you do, be happy
If you don’t want to do anything, they don’t do anything. If you want to sit around in your nightie and eat a whole tub of Phish Food ice cream, then do it! We only get one chance at life and the most important thing is to make ourselves happy… even on Valentine’s Day!
But whatever you do, stay safe. And embrace the single life. Honestly, it’s a whole lot of fun to have this much freedom!