Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating love, but sometimes, love can suck.
When couples get all sentimental and start posting everywhere about their loved ones, it can get annoying fast, especially when you do not have a “special someone” to celebrate with. Instead, check out some different ways to spend Valentine’s Day with yourself.
Binge Your Favorite TV Show
This one is pretty much a given, but it is a great way to get lost in another world while everyone else is posting about flowers and hearts. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming services offer a variety of different shows to get you through the day.
Whether you are a true crime buff, a hopeless romantic at heart or love watching other people’s lives, getting lost in another world can help ignore the love.
Take a Day to Clean
When some people are feeling down, cleaning up their room can help lift spirits a little. This can also be busywork, which helps a mind be occupied by something else rather than dwelling on negative feelings.
Put on some upbeat music – probably no love songs – and get to work. Spotify has plenty of cleaning playlists to choose from if you do not want to make a new one.
Start with the small stuff, like vacuuming, dusting, doing dishes, etc. Then move on to the big stuff. Have you been wanting to clean your closet out for a while but just have not found time? What about wanting to rearrange your living room but have not had the motivation?
Cleaning can help you purge things you have been wanting rid of, like old books, clothes, movies, shoes, video games and more. At the end of the day, you will have forgotten all about it being Valentine’s Day and feel accomplished at finishing the task.
Have a Spa Night
This one can really help alleviate stress and frustration. The best way to love yourself is to treat yourself.
Get a bath bomb of your favorite scent, light some candles, run a hot bath, and enjoy the soak. You can use a body scrub for a little extra pampering (you can find recipes online for homemade ones) and even shave. No one else may feel it, but crawling into bed with smooth legs is always an excellent feeling.
After that, do a face mask (you can also find recipes online for these as well) and lie back and relax. Stay off social media, put on your favorite movie and make your favorite drink, whether it is alcohol, coffee or tea, and have time for yourself. You can even give yourself an at-home manicure and pedicure.
Catching up on Work
This one sounds a bit boring, but it’s a great idea to work ahead on projects or get caught up on things you’ve fallen behind on. Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, which is usually a day of relaxation in my house, but I always use it to catch up or work ahead on any schoolwork for the week.
If there is a huge project you have coming up, work ahead. It will keep your mind focused on that rather than missing out on all the romantic fun.
Having Your Own Dance Party
In the words of Dr. Meredith Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy,” there is never a wrong time to “dance it out.” If you are in a funk about not having a special someone for Valentine’s Day, put on some upbeat music and get up and moving. Whether that’s getting all dolled up, doing your makeup and getting some wine or just dancing in your room in your headphones and pajamas, a dance party can make anyone feel better.
To get an idea of songs, try “Confident” by Demi Lovato, “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld and “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande.
Make Plans with Other Single Friends
Let’s face it, nobody enjoys holidays alone. Out of an entire friend group, you cannot be the only one who is single. Get a group of friends together and go see a movie if the theaters are open.
Or plan a game night. Everyone brings their favorite game – whether it’s Twister or Apples to Apples or even Candyland – along with their favorite snack. You can even get some of the prepackaged, red-and-pink heart-shaped cookies from a grocery store.
To make things more interesting, have an incentive. Such as, whoever wins the most games gets to pick the movie that the night ends with. It’s a great way to see your friends and not be alone. You never know how the night will end.
Doing Some Good in the Community
Something that is not really at the top of someone’s list for Valentine’s Day is helping around your local community, but there’s a lot of things, especially now, that one can do.
For example, those in nursing homes could always use some extra company. You can call a nursing home and ask how many residents they have, then splurge and get some red roses, one for each resident.
Do not forget the men; they enjoy flowers, too. You could even take some time before Valentine’s Day and either get a box of Valentine’s or make your own to attach to each of the roses. You will make their day and give them a Valentine’s they will never forget. The best part?
You are showing that they are not forgotten and still cared about.
While Valentine’s Day can be one of the absolute worst days in history, it does not have to be. Take time to love yourself, show your friends some love, and remind people that sometimes, love is all we need.