This year Valentine’s Day is bound to be a little bit different. With social distancing still in full effect, many will find themselves spending the holiday alone. Whether you have someone to share the day with or not, Valentine’s Day can still be unique. If you do find yourself spending the holiday alone, there are plenty of simple things you can do to make it a more enjoyable day.
Here are nine simple ways to spend Valentine’s Day if you’re single:
Treat yourself to an at-home spa day.
Everyone needs a day off now and then, and what better way to spend it than treating yourself to an at-home spa day. Run a hot bath with some bath oil or bath salts and treat yourself to personalized skincare treatment. You could give yourself a manicure and pedicure, or spend time relaxing to your favorite music with an aromatherapy candle. Make a list of self-care activities you’ve wanted to try out and go nuts – check as many off your list as you can!
Throw a virtual Valentine’s Day party at home.
Just because you don’t have a valentine doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! Gather all of your other single friends and throw a virtual V-day party at home. Open a bottle of your favorite wine, gather up some snacks, and settle in for a night of virtual fun. You could even make it a virtual dance party or get your friends together to play some online games.
Spoil yourself for the day.
There’s absolutely no rule saying you have to observe valentine’s day at all. You could treat it just like any other day, or you could spend the day spoiling yourself just because you can. Please make a list of all your favorite things then spend the day doing as many of them as you want.
Here are some ideas you might include on your list:
Make popcorn and watch your favorite movie. Spend some time doing a hobby you enjoy. Take the day off work and sleep in late. Head out on a long hike at your favorite park. Put on your favorite outfit and make yourself dinner.
The sky is the limit when it comes to a day, that’s all about you. The best part is you don’t even have to make a plan – you can do what you want when you want to!
Do some online window shopping.
For some people, there’s no better way to spoil yourself than with a shopping spree. These days shopping isn’t quite what it used to be, however, so you may not be up for heading to the mall or strolling around your favorite shops. Instead, hop online and reward yourself with something you’ve wanted for a while. You could even spend some time window shopping, gathering ideas for future birthday and Christmas lists.
Set up your online dating profile.
If you’re ready to put yourself out there to make sure you don’t spend the next Valentine’s Day alone, consider spending some time setting up your dating profile. There are plenty of dating apps out there, so do a little research to find the one (or two) that seem like the best fit. Gather up your favorite pictures of yourself and put some thought into building out your profile. When you’re ready, go live and start swiping! You may even have a match before the holiday is over.
Reach out to a loved one.
There’s no use spending Valentine’s Day alone and lonely if you don’t have to. Just because you may not physically spend time with the ones you love doesn’t mean you can’t reach out and connect. Arrange a phone date with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while or spend the evening working on handwritten letters. Sometimes the best remedy for loneliness is doing something nice for someone else to make them feel a little less alone.
Brighten up someone else’s day.
If you’re having a hard time this Valentine’s Day, you’re probably not alone. Think about someone you know who’s recently lost a loved one or who merely has been having a hard time. Put together a gift basket with things that a person likes or keep it simple with a box of homemade cookies or a bouquet. You could even do it anonymously if you want to try out your Cupid skills.
Do a digital detox for the day.
Valentine’s day can be triggering for some, and spending the day on social media may be the last thing you need. Rather than spending the day steeping yourself in sorrow, put away your phone and ditch your laptop for 24 hours. Instead, spend the day reading, spending time outdoors, or only taking a good nap.
You can wake up refreshed the next day without the post-V-day hangover.
Try something new.
If you’re having a hard time staying positive this Valentine’s Day because the holiday is full of bad memories, turn the day around by trying something new. Sign up for an online fitness class, start a new hobby, or order food from a restaurant you’ve never tried before. It doesn’t have to be anything extraordinary – sometimes the simple act of doing something new can put you in a new frame of mind.
Though life may be tough right now and Valentine’s Day can sometimes be a reminder of what’s missing from your life, it’s essential to stay positive. There’s nothing wrong with feeling a little down from time to time, but Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to spend some time dedicated to self-care. So, try one of the tips above to treat yourself this V-day.
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