5 Tips for Being Alone on Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Is Not Just for Lovers
Valentine's Day is the special day when you show your love by exchanging cards, candy, or other gifts to demonstrate you care for someone. If you are alone on Valentine's Day, here are five tips you can follow to make it a day you can remember with a smile.
1. Know That You Are Not Alone
Acknowledge that you are not the only one who does not have a romantic significant other or partner on Valentine's Day. There are many others, including those who celebrate Valentine's Day under the disguise of true love, a love which unfortunately is no longer felt between them. Sadly, there are a lot of couples who are still faking it even though they both know the spark has gone out of their relationship.
However, there are those who are in true relationships as well. You may not be with someone romantically on Valentine's Day, but know that there are many others who are sharing this day alone with you. The fact that you are not alone may make you feel better about not being in a relationship on Valentine's Day.
2. Watch Movies—Either Romances or Romantic Comedies
Do not mope around on Valentine's Day, maybe cleaning up your home, or running errands to take your mind off of being alone on Valentine's Day. Pick a time to curl up warmly on the couch, with your favorite bottle of wine, tea, or other beverage and get ready to immerse yourself in watching movies.
Make sure you look at movies that involve romantic relationships -- either serious or of a comedic nature. There may be movies you've watched in the past or even new movies you have not watched yet. Pick Valentine's Day to enjoy binge-watching movies until you're ready to retire for bed or to do something else to your liking. Rest assured that before you know it, Valentine's Day will be over and out of your mind.
If you do not have a significant other, is Valentine's Day just another day?
3. Invite Girlfriends Over and Have a Party
Who says Valentine's Day is only for couples? Make Valentine's Day fun by inviting your friends over to have a girls' night out at your place. Make sure your friends are single though, because the married ones may feel obligated to be with their significant other on Valentine's Day. Now is the time to become the "Martha Stewart" of Valentine's Day parties. Maybe you have a scrap book project that you and your friends can work on, or some other project that you have in the works. The idea is not to invite your friends over and you all complain about not being in a relationship on Valentine's Day. Instead, keep busy doing exciting activities on Valentine's Day and make it a day to remember.
A caveat here is do not do anything you will regret like over-indulging in alcohol or pigging out on pizza and ice cream on Valentine's Day. You want to have a good time on Valentine's Day -- not one that you will regret.
4. Make Valentine's Day About You and Your Kids
Depending on the age of your children, make Valentine's Day about them. If you are a single Mom, you probably already have your hands full, possibly raising your children alone. Instead of making Valentine's Day about you, plan a day of fun activities that will involve them. If Valentine's Day is on a weekday or a school night, you might have to limit your time with the kids at home. However, if Valentine's Day is on a weekend, take them out to maybe an arcade or a movie and remind them you can be fun to be around -- especially on Valentines Day.
On the other hand, you do not have to go out to enjoy Valentine's Day with your kids. When they come home from school, listen to what happened on their Valentine's Day. Did they exchange Valentine's Day cards at school, do they have a secret admirer or even a crush at school, etc. The idea is to enjoy Valentine's Day with your children regardless of whether or not you are in a relationship.
5. Pamper Yourself on Valentine's Day
Have you heard the saying, you must love yourself before you love someone else? There are many ways to make yourself happy and put a smile on your face, but on Valentine's Day do something extra special for yourself. You are not being selfish if you take this one day to visit a spa to pamper yourself. If it's been some time since you've had a new hairdo, why not visit your favorite salon and tell your hairdresser to give you a completely different hairstyle. If you have been thinking about having a manicure or pedicure and been putting it off -- Valentine's Day is the optimal time to get this done. Or maybe you have a coupon for a free week of exercise at the local gym. Valentine's Day is a good day to take care of yourself and exercise to keep healthy.