What to Do When You Are Single on Valentine’s Day

Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a drag. You can still have fun or simply ignore the date and all the buzz behind it. If you are newly single, you might find Valentine’s Day a particularly tough day to get through. Even if you aren’t in the best mood when February 14 rolls around you can still have fun with your friends, family, or pet. Consider these ideas for what you can do on Valentine’s Day if you are single.

Rather than feel sorry for yourself about being single on Valentine’s Day, find something to do that makes you feel great. Make this day your chance to be selfish. Do what you want. Buy something. Go somewhere. Order your favorite foods and enjoy them. Hang out with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Remember, not every suggestion will be the right fit for you personally. Check out these ideas for things to do on Valentine’s Day and see if you can find one that works for you.

1.    Get together with a group of single friends and go out for dinner or drinks.

2.    See a movie with your friends or family.

3.    Spend Valentine’s Day with your dog. Take your dog to a dog park or dog beach, or simply go for a nice walk around town.

4.    Watch movies and dig into your favorite impulse foods and drinks, whether chocolate, ice cream, pizza, beer, wine, or something else entirely.

5.    Go bowling with a group of single friends or family.

6.    Go on a first date with someone if asked or if you find someone appropriate to ask out on a date.

7.    Order Chinese food, sit around in your pajamas, and watch sports, movies, or episode reruns of your favorite show.

8.    Cook a meal at home that you’ve always wanted to make – whether turkey, ham, or something more exotic.

9.    Bake. Make yourself some yummy treats to enjoy and share with your neighbors, friends, family, or coworkers.

10.     Go shopping. Why not? Buy yourself a few special Valentine’s Day gifts – you deserve it.

When all else fails, you might consider a mini vacation or last-minute cruise over Valentine’s week or weekend to take your mind off of things. Get out, meet some new people, and have some new adventures. It could be just what the doctor ordered.

Again, all of these ideas are not perfect. In fact some are flawed… you don’t want to become a couch potato who gorges on takeout, sweets, salty snacks, and junk food. But one day of selfish self preservation probably won’t hurt! In fact, it may be just what you are needing right now. So don’t feel sorry for yourself that you are single on Valentine’s Day. Feel happy that you are free and independent and able to make your own choices and live your life the way you want it. Most likely you will only be single for so long, so take this time to do things for you and enjoy them.

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