Whether you’re a serial Valentine’s Day single or this is the first year in a long time that you’ll be celebrating the holiday without a sweetheart, there’s no reason to sulk or not partake in the festivities. Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about expressing your love, and you can focus your efforts on all the different types of love you have in your life. Celebrate the occasion with one of these ideas and enjoy your February 14th as much as you deserve!
A Well-Deserved Solo Date
Spend this Valentine’s Day expressing your love for yourself with some overdue pampering. If there’s any day out of the year to splurge on indulgences, it’s Valentine’s Day. Book yourself a wonderful massage and facial treatment at a local spa resort. Scan Groupon for massage deals; it seems like they have a new one every day and you can find something close to home or work. Bring some other single friends along to have a day treating your body the way it should be treated and leave feeling rejuvenated. This is a much healthier option than vegging on the couch with ice cream and Netflix, right? Ever heard the phrase “You can’t love someone else until you love yourself?” Well this is that sentiment in action.
Fall in Love with a Hobby
If you’re apt to wallow this Valentine’s Day, prevent the behavior before it starts and sign yourself up for a fun class, or start a new hobby. Throwing your energy into a new activity is sure to keep your mind occupied, and developing a love for a new outlet will only bring wonderful things to your life this year. You never know who you might meet in one of your new classes (and who might be an important person come next Valentine’s Day!).
Random Acts of Kindness
Why not spread some love with your community this Valentine’s Day? You’d be amazed at how good you’ll feel after doing some good for those around you and become involved with something that enables you to witness the positive results you have on the world every single day. Volunteering improves your health, as studies have shown the body and mind feel better after performing acts of generosity.
Celebrate Gal-entine’s Day
Who loves us better than our best friends? If you’ve got some single girlfriends, invite them over for a ladies night, bake some delicious cookies, and pop in some awesome movies. Lay out some games, have everyone bring a dish for a tasty potluck, and spend the night with some of the people that you love the most.
Remember Mom and the Kids
If your mom is anything like mine, she’s always made sure you knew how much you were loved by giving you a little treat on Valentine’s Day. Let her know how much you appreciate and love her this February with a surprise gift to return the favor. If she’s still working, send a box of chocolates to her office that she can share with all of her coworkers, and if she’s at home, consider sending flowers for Valentine’s Day. Whatever you choose, it’s not about the gift, it’s about the thought behind it, and you’re sure to bring a sweet tear to her eye. Don’t forget your little ones; do the same for your kids that your mom did for you and make sure they feel the love this February.
Few things give you better perspective than looking at all you have to be grateful for. Write a list of all of the positive things that have happened to you in the past year. Think of this session as gratitude journaling. It’s hard to be grumpy about flying solo on one day of the year when you have so many good things in your life to focus on. It’s all about perspective, and gaining some can do your mental health wonders.
If you’re going to be flying solo this Valentine’s Day, don’t fret and give yourself a few minutes to consider the amazing amount of love you have in your life from other sources. Consider how you can spread the love this year in your community and enjoy your single-dom to the fullest!