Valentine's Day is upon us, and for some, it's a day filled with excitement as they plan romantic dates with their significant other. But for others, it can be a lonely and dreaded day. If you're in the latter group, We want to remind you that self-love is just as important as love from others. And if you're feeling down about being single on Valentine's Day, don't worry - there are plenty of ways to make the day enjoyable.
Here are 8 things you can do to make the most of this day and celebrate self-love
1. Treat yourself to a special meal.
Don't let the idea of a date night only being for couples stop you from treating yourself. Cooking for yourself is a fantastic way to show self-love (and avoid the crowded, love-filled restaurants on Valentine's Day). Enhance your meal experience by indulging in a glass of wine or a bottle for a more adventurous vibe. You can also try whipping up one of your favorite cocktails and finally tackle that recipe you've been eagerly wanting to try. Indulge in some well-deserved self-care, put on your favorite playlist, and enjoy your own company.
2. Try something new.
Why not take advantage of the fact that many of your friends might be occupied on Valentine's Day and try something you've always wanted to do. Setting a plan can increase the chances of you following through. You could enroll in a new sport class, explore a new location, or follow a YouTube tutorial on sewing. The possibilities are endless!
Giving back to others is a great way to take your mind off your own thoughts and has been shown to bring about positive emotions. Consider volunteering at an animal shelter, a senior home, or a food bank. Valentine's Day is the perfect chance to not only practice self-care and show yourself some love but also to extend kindness to others and positively impact someone else's day.
4. Go on a solo adventure.
Why wait for someone else to join you when you can embark on a solo adventure? Visit that new art gallery, hike that nearby hill, or dip your toes in the ocean. Do what makes you happy. Rest assured, no one is judging you for going it alone, and you'll have the freedom to do exactly what you want. Just remember to let a friend know your plans and stay safe.
5. Spend time with loved ones.
It's important to remember that feeling loved is not dependent on just one person. With that in mind, why not make the most of Valentine's Day by reaching out to your loved ones, such as family members, and spending the day with them? Show the important people in your life how much they mean to you by bringing along a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift. Create lasting memories with all those who hold a special place in your heart and who love you just as much!
6. Focus on yourself.
If you're feeling introverted or just had a long day at work, take the evening to focus on yourself. Make this evening all about you, and take the time to plan activities that bring joy and happiness solely to you. Indulge in what truly makes you happy and make this a special night just for you. Order your favorite takeout, pamper yourself with a skincare routine, exercise, or even book a massage. Do whatever makes you happy and feel relaxed.
7. Cultivate new relationships.
On Valentine's Day, when you may feel like you're the only person without a romantic partner, remember that you're not alone. Instead of relying on traditional dating apps, why not try a social app that can help you connect with new friends? Bumble BFF is a great way to find like-minded individuals in your community and organize a fun hangout. This way, you won't have to spend the day feeling isolated and lonely, and you may even come away with some new friends to share future experiences with.
8. Watch romantic dramas.
Finally, if you need a reminder that love isn't always sunshine and rainbows, organize a movie marathon with yourself and some classic romantic dramas. Watch movies such as "Marriage Story", "Blue Valentine", "Frances Ha", or "Booksmart" and appreciate the ups and downs of relationships. You'll be reminded that being single is not all too bad!
Share with us on our social media platforms which of the 8 activities you tried on Valentine's Day. And remember, these activities are not just limited to this holiday. It's okay if you're not in a relationship at the moment, use this time to get to know yourself better, embrace your own unique qualities, and become the best version of yourself. After all, you're the person who you'll spend the rest of your life with.