For couples, 14 February is a day for celebrating, for renewing affections, for going on a date, exchanging cards and tokens of love. A day of romance. The media, tv, radio goes into overdrive for it. And rightly so.
But for the 15 million or so single people in the UK, particularly the estimated half of whom are apparently looking for love, Valentine’s Day can be a day of low self esteem, depression, and generally a day of negative thoughts. This is especially so for those who have recently come out of relationships.
So what can single people do to get over the hype that they are missing out on? Here are a few tips. If you can think of any others, let us know.
Just make plans.
Host a singles-only dinner party.
Treat yourself to a haircut, beauty treatment, or massage.
Go away for a weekend with a friend or family member.
Cook a romantic dinner for your parents. Set the table, light candles, and open a good bottle of wine.
Take yourself out to eat at your favorite restaurant. However don’t let that restaurant hurry you because they want the table for a romantic couple. You have as much right to be there as they do.
Bake a cake. If you don’t like cake, I know someone who does (nudge nudge).
Stay in and pamper yourself. Men or women!
Send a heartfelt text to all the people you love in your life. Especially your old friend who lives far away.
Go to your favorite pub.
Plan a date with your best friend.
Do something nice for someone.
Catch up on your sleep.
Stay off social media. It may make you more depressed.
Write a poem. Poems aren’t limited on 14 February to corny ones in greetings cards. Express yourself.
Love yourself. Do whatever makes you happy!
You shouldn’t have to miss out just because you are single.
To everyone... Happy Valentine’s Day.