Things to Do if You Are Single on V Day...
Well, Valentine’s Day is rolling around yet again, and doesn’t it stink royally when you find yourself without a date? On the most romantic day of the year! Sob!
Don’t sit in the corner shooting eye daggers at all your work associates that get flowers, or sit at home and mope.
Instead, try out these top 10 things to do if you are single on Valentine’s Day and see if things don’t turn in your favor.
Don’t throw a pity party—throw an Anti-Valentine’s party
There is nothing worse than moping around feeling sorry for yourself, as all that will accomplish is to make you feel even worse. Instead, celebrate your singlehood, or at least give a big raspberry to love with a fun and lighthearted single’s party. Invite all the other singles you know, and tell them to bring their single friends. Ban the colors pink and red, and throw on some great down-with-love songs. Good tunes include J. Geils Band song “Love Stinks”, Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and Weird Al Yankovic’s “One More Minute”. A heart shaped piñata you beat the pulp out of may be going a bit far!
Pull out your bucket list
While everyone else is getting fat on chocolates and lazing about, you could be out there marking off a top item on your bucket list. Don’t have a list? Now is the perfect time to sit down and think about all the amazing things you want to accomplish before you are tied down. Maybe you want to go skydiving, perform in a play, break a world record, or learn to belly dance. Whatever is on your bucket list, why not use the day to plan your steps to checking off an item, or dive right in and check off one that you can accomplish locally.
Being alone on big holidays can have you getting down on yourself in a hurry. Fight those negative thoughts by enjoying the day and pampering yourself. Get your nails done, get a massage, or do anything that makes you feel good. You can also eat at your favorite restaurant or go on a little shopping spree, just be careful that you don’t go overboard on either. Pampering yourself should always end with a smile on your face and lifted spirits.
Stick it to cupid
Don’t wait around for cupid to shoot you in the back. Take advantage of this holiday of love by hitting up any of the many singles dances, parties, or speed dates that pop up this time of year. You may just meet someone, or, if nothing else, the events may make you realize that you are happy to be single after all! Either way it should be a fun time and will mean some good stories to share.
Lying around when you are feeling down can really make you feel miserable. Why not make the day one of activity? Is there a sport you’ve always wanted to try? How about taking a spinning class, a hike on your hometown’s trails, or even some silly fun on the swings at your local playground? Exercise gets the endorphins moving, so you will be feeling great in no time.
If you know a couple who needs a break this valentines, why not offer to watch their little tyke and give them the night off? This will earn you points for when you need a favor, make you feel good about helping friends out, and it can help remind you just how happy you are, after four hours of screaming and noise, to still be single and have some quiet time!
Laugh until it hurts
Sit down with some great comedies, hit up a comedy club, or head out with your funniest single friends, and get your laugh on. Laughter, like working out, releases feel good chemicals into your body, so laugh loud and laugh often and you will be feeling great on Valentine’s Day.
Try Netflix, video games and that stack of books
You know that TV sitcom you’ve wanted to watch for awhile now, that new video game that has been collecting dust, or that stack of books in the corner of your room that you’ve been wanting to read? Today is the day! Be grateful that you don’t have to share the remote with anyone, and no one can object to your three hour marathon of Glee or the newest Halo game. Just don’t watch anything sappy or depressing today, and for goodness’ sakes, don’t read any self-help books! This should be about pampering yourself and enjoying a little entertainment time all to yourself.
Make some time for hobbies
You want to be sure you enjoy your own company and consider yourself a “whole person” before ever meeting “the one”. That means you should take this Valentine’s Day and use it on yourself and something you want to do. This can mean starting a new hobby, or picking up on a “lost cause” that you haven’t finished yet. Learn to play the guitar, try to remember you piano lessons from your youth, learn to bake a pie from scratch, build something on your unused workbench, learn to crochet, or learn a new language. There are many hobbies to choose from, so pick one that fascinates you. You will be so busy you will forget all about this day of gross filled chocolates and silly romantic cards.
Be happy and spread the love
Valentine’s Day is all about love, so why not share some love with your friends and family? Bake some tasty treats for your co-workers, go for a visit to your out of town relatives you keep meaning to see, or write letters to friends you have lost touch with. You could also share that love with someone that really needs it…head to a local animal shelter and find a pet that is in need of care and love.
Don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down if you are single. Do one or all of the top ten mentioned above and you are sure to have a wonderful holiday. Be happy that you have endless possibilities stretched out before you!
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