Flowers and stuffed bears are generating more allergies lately, but don’t worry, it isn’t you, it’s Valentine’s Day. Even if our consumer culture insists on selling this day as a romantic tradition, challenge them with your own ideas of love. Why? Because being single doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t celebrate love.
So if you want to get over the February 14th blues, follow our single girl’s guide to Valentine’s Day:
Have a Me Day
Give yourself the time to enjoy this day with the person that you should love the most, YOU! It should not be just a Netflix marathon of New Girl while you lose yourself on chocolate ice cream in the comfort of your bed, either – unless you haven’t done it in a long time and you need it. Don’t know what to do? Consider the questions below:
Is there a place you’ve been dying to go to?
A special project you’ve been postponing?
How about a spa day at home?
Meet Your Friends and Loved Ones
If going solo doesn’t really work for you, be around people who make you happy – and I mean truly happy. Love comes in all shapes and forms, and this is the best time to prove it.
You could plan a girl’s night with your closest friend, invite your mom to a bottomless mimosa brunch, or even go with a single friend to watch Fifty Shades of Grey — trust me, your friend in a relationship will wish she was there too.
Go on a Speed Date
Before there was Tinder, Facebook, and Match.com, there was Speed Dating. This dating technique was popular in the 90’s and early 2000’s, and it was a way to spend a couple of minutes with a stranger risk-free. Sex and the City’s successful lawyer, Amanda, tried this on the episode “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She ended up telling her “dates” she was a flight attendant to avoid guy’s intimidation.
Attend an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
So, you completely hate V-day? Then, gather with people who share your feelings for it. You are not the only one who believes it is a cheesy idea to have a day dedicated to a significant other.
You can attend an Anti-Valentine’s Day event in your town or city, or throw one yourself if you have a lot of single pals.
Volunteer and Show Some Love
It is always good to give back, especially to those who need it the most. This loving gift is going to be greatly appreciated. Check out New York Cares and Volunteer Match to find a volunteer opportunity near you.
What are your (single) Valentine’s Day plans? Let us know in the comments below.