The Single’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

What to do When You’re Alone on February 14

Valentine’s Day is generally advertised as a holiday for couples -- but who says it can’t be just as enjoyable for single people? If February 14th is a day for love, it can be about love for yourself just as much as it is about romantic attachment. What you used to consider a time that only reminds you of your singledom can be transformed into your favorite day of the year if you celebrate it right.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for spending Valentine’s Day celebrating the most important relationship… the one you have with yourself!

Turn your home into a spa

There’s no better way to show yourself some love than a little self-care. Pamper yourself this Valentine’s Day by turning your home into a DIY spa. Draw a hot bath and fill it with scented salts and oils. Give yourself a glowing complexion with a new sheet mask or work knots out of your shoulders with a self massage. Pour yourself a glass of wine and indulge -- you deserve it!

Go to a comedy club

Fun fact: Laughter is good for your overall well-being. It alleviates stress and anxiety and revs up your immune system. This Valentine’s Day, buy some tickets to a stand-up comedy show where you can reap all the benefits of a good laugh.

Hit the bars with friends

If you have a few friends who are also flying solo this time of year, gather them all up and go to your favorite bar for a few drinks. Spending time with friends keeps you from feeling lonely and relieves the physical symptoms of stress. If all you want is to have a little fun this Valentine’s Day, get a bit dressed up, go out, have some drinks with your buddies and flirt with any cute person you meet.

Throw a single’s mixer

If the bar scene isn’t for you, bring the party to your place! Throwing a single’s mixer is an easy way to meet other available people while having fun this Valentine’s Day. Serve hors d'oeuvres made with aphrodisiac ingredients to stay on theme, keep the lighting low and encourage mingling. By the end of the night, some of these singles may turn into doubles.

Breathe new life into your home

If what you miss about Valentine’s Day is the chance to receive flowers, there’s no rule stating you can’t buy them for yourself! Of course, flowers are fleeting. A better gift to show yourself some love would be living houseplants that add serenity to your home all year. Taking care of plants is a great way to manage stress. They also help filter the air for a happier and healthier home.

Order your favorite food

Everybody has that one special meal they love to indulge it, whether it is a calorie indulgence or one for your wallet. Treat yourself to that food on Valentine’s Day to really show yourself some love. If your favorite dish comes from a particular restaurant, call it in and pick it up so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Eating alone in a restaurant on Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly being kind to yourself.

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about couples -- singles should show themselves some love on February 14, too!

By Daniel Sherwin