Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Being single on Valentine’s Day
Just means more wine for you!
Calling all the single ladies, this one’s for you. Brace yourselves- Valentine’s Day posts are coming to your Instagram and Facebook feed. But take heart, friends! There’s no reason to be sad. Embrace your singleness, eat all the chocolate, and treat yo self to the most fabulous Galentine’s Day of your life with this survival guide!
This year, V-Day falls on a Thursday. Not the most exciting day of the week to be sure. If your preferred approach to this day is to stay in and pretend it’s not happening, that should be easy. Queue up your Netflix, order some takeout, slip into your PJ’s, and call it a night. If you need encouragement, check out this list of 12 Reasons Being Single on Valentine’s Day Rocks.
Feeling a little more adventurous? Keep reading for inspiration on how to make the most of this cheesiest of holidays.
Celebrate your singleness Leslie Knope style with all your best single gal pals. Pair up to get couple’s deals on massages and dining specials, or host a girl’s night in. Binge a season of Sex and the City, grab a couple bottles of wine, and crack open one of those novelty size boxes of Whitman’s chocolates. Girl Power!
Treat Yo Self!
Treat yourself to a luxury spa day, or give yourself a spa treatment at home. A fancy bath bomb, face mask, bottle of sparkling wine, and a little nail polish are all you need to give yourself the elite treatment you deserve. While you relax, do a little online shopping (may we recommend browsing Aosom.com for some new Home Goods and Fitness Equipment?), or read a book- yes, they still make those!
Single and Ready to Mingle?
I am both intrigued and mortified by this suggestion for Tinder Roulette from The Insider. Take turns with your friends casting your Tinder App to the TV and let the group help you find your next date.
Need to get out of the house? The bars are sure to be full of desperate, lonely singles on Valentine’s Day- so go bag yourself a trophy husband, or at least punch up your flirting skills.
Get Out of Town!
No, literally! Book a couple nights away at the beach, or in that nearby city you’ve been wanting to check out. Traveling alone can be awesome- you can do what you want, when you want. Sleep in? Sure! Get up early for a run on the beach? Why not! Eat a whole package of Oreos in the hotel bed? Who’s gonna stop you!
Practice Self Love
No, we don’t mean the kind that runs on batteries. Pop into that yoga class you’ve been wanting to try, or set aside some time for meditation. Make yourself a delicious meal (or buy yourself one). Hit the gym on the one day a year it’s sure to be empty, and take a little extra time in the sauna. Maybe it will warm up your icy cold heart!
Spread the Love
Are you one of those terminally chipper people with lots of love to give? Consider volunteering this Valentine’s Day. Many retirement homes and senior centers host V-Day parties for their residents and members. Last year, I volunteered as a cocktail waitress at an upscale “Evening Under the Stars” event for seniors in my neighborhood, and let me tell you, there are few things as wholesome and entertaining as octogenarians drinking Dark and Stormy’s and getting down with their partner of 50 years to some Sinatra.
Love the One You’re With
As Stephen Stills once sang, “If you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with”. You know who loves you? Your parents, your grandparents, your nieces and nephews, and of course, your pets.
Your Grandma probably hasn’t been on a date in 40 years- take her out for a night on the town. Take your dog to the beach and snap 1,000 pictures for your Instagram. Babysit your nieces and nephews and rack up that sweet, sweet karma from your siblings while they enjoy an evening to themselves. Make a special candlelight dinner for your parents; it’s the least you can do for them after putting up with you for so long.
You Will Survive!
If you’re truly bummed about being alone this Valentine’s Day, try to avoid social media. Your Instagram feed is sure to be filled with cringe-worthy couples posts and equally cringe-worthy singles posts. Instead, read these funny anti- Valentine’s Day tweets to commiserate with your fellow singles- you’re in good company. Get to bed early so you can wake up extra early and hit those sweet, chocolatey next day sales, and bring home enough candy to last you through Halloween. Knowing that you won’t have to share your candy should be some consolation.
And if you do have someone to celebrate with? We’re happy for you. No, really. Now get out there and disgust some strangers with your love.
Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Aosom!