Valentine’s Day is all about love, a day where you give that one person all your devoted attention. The thing is some people don’t have that special someone and tend to spend it alone. I usually spend Valentine’s Day at home with my family. I don’t dread Valentine’s Day like some singles do, but then again I have never looked forward to it either. Some of my single friends look at couples at school and think that they want something similar, they want a guy to show them that he truly likes them and that is how they end up feeling bad for themselves.
The reason I decided to do this post is because I want to give those of you who are single an idea of what to do that day. Some girls take that day to feel pity for themselves and just wallow in their sorrow rather than going out and doing something they may love. I love hanging out with my friends and family so I try to spend time with them that day and take my mind off anything that may be a downer. Below some ideas to get your mind off the whole Valentine’s Day sorrow.
Movie and Dinner Date
You don’t need a boy to go out to the movies. Get your friends together and go catch a movie. Don’t go for the cliché romantic movies, instead watch a horror movie or a comedy. I bet that horror movie is going to get your mind off your single status for good. Go to your favorite restaurant afterwards and plan your next hang out. The important thing is to have a plan so the conversation won’t end on the usual I feel bad for myself because I don’t have a boyfriend. Maybe agree to appoint a person that will be in charge of redirecting the topic of conversation if the conversation is turning gloomy.
Do a Hobby
For those of you who have hobbies, go ahead and do them that day! If you like to do a certain activity, go out and do it! Get a group together and go out to your favorite athletic park and play your favorite sport. I know shopping makes me really happy, so instead of sitting at home eating a tub of ice cream and watching the Twilight movies I’m out getting myself some new clothes.
Throw a Party
If you like to party, throw a small party for you and some of your closest friends, or even throw a slumber party. Make it a theme party to make it even more fun, like a costume, spa, video game, baking party or a mall scavenger hunt. I did a mall scavenger hunt for my 13th birthday and we had a blast! You can even do a clothes swapping party to get “new” pieces for your wardrobe. They are not new clothes but they are new to you. 🙂
Lend a Hand
Help others! Go and volunteer with a non-profit organization like an animal shelter or a soup kitchen. I can tell you that the times I have volunteered I have always felt extremely happy. The joy about giving to others is the best gift you can receive.
Love Thy Self
One of the advantages of being single is that the money that you would have spent on that person you get to save or spend on yourself so why not go for a makeover? It can be as simple as getting a haircut or having your nails done. Go to the makeup counter of your favorite department store and have them do your makeup. All it takes is buying something simple like a lip gloss in most cases. Go get that special nail polish you have kept an eye on or that pair of shoes that you have waited months to get. It’s all about loving yourself! You can’t love others if you don’t love yourself first.
Feed your Brain
Read a book, find a book club or enroll in a class. Learn scrap booking to put together all your fancy high school memories, a jewelry making class, a painting class, or a dance class. The sky is the limit! Last year I took a cake decorating class at Michael’s and it was a lot of fun. When I learn something new I feel accomplished. It is always a self-esteem booster.
Whatever you find joy in, do it! Don’t sit around feeling bad for yourself and ruin your day. Every day is worth living, live it to the fullest. I try to remember these words every Valentine’s Day and it always works out for me. At the end of the day I always end up with a smile on my face.