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A single person's guide to Valentine's Day

Penelope James   |   Fri, 9 Feb 2024

Let's face it: Valentine's Day can be a minefield for singles. The hearts, the flowers, the sickeningly sweet couples ... sometimes it feels like the whole world is conspiring to remind you that you're flying solo.

But here's the thing, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about romantic love. It can be about any kind of love you choose! This year, let's turn the tables and make Valentine's Day a celebration of the most important relationship of all: the one you have with yourself.

1. Shift your mindset: Valentine’s Day ain’t just for Couples

Ditch the idea that Valentine's Day is exclusively for couples. This day is YOURS to define. It can be a chance to practice self-love, spend quality time with friends and family, or work on some goals you've been neglecting. Whatever you do, take it as an opportunity to love yourself more.

2. Practice radical self-care

Pamper yourself! Have that decadent dessert, enjoy a long bath, or finally indulge in that skincare routine you keep putting off. If you can, go even bigger with a day at the spa, a bougie shopping trip, or whatever special treat floats your boat. The point is to invest in yourself without looking for anything in return. A little self-care can go a long way in boosting your mood and reminding you that self-love is true love.

3. Spread the love

Since Valentine's Day isn't just about romantic love, use it as an opportunity to celebrate your awesome friendships. Make plans to hang out or give them a random "just because" call to tell them how much you appreciate them. Sometimes, a little platonic love is just what the doctor ordered. Bonus points if you have a single friend to tackle the holiday with. There’s strength in numbers!

4. Shake up your routine

Don't let Valentine's Day feel like any other day. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new and fun. Sign up for a class, plan a mini adventure, take yourself to dinner and a movie, or finally tackle that DIY project. Sometimes it’s the small things that break us out of feeling “stuck” and remind us that we’re the boss of our own lives.

5. Embrace the freedom

Being single has its perks, especially on a day like Valentine's Day. You don't have to negotiate gift-giving, manage date expectations, pay for overpriced everything, or navigate someone else’s needs. You get to decide exactly how you spend your time and energy. Celebrate your freedom and remind yourself that flying solo has its own type of joy.

Remember, single folks, Valentine's Day is what you make of it. Embrace your independence, treat yourself with kindness, and let your fabulous self shine. You deserve Valentine's-style love every day of the year.


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