Well, the day we singles dread every year has fast approached: it’s Valentine’s Day.
I love love. I do. Being forced to tell somebody that you love them because it’s the glorified day of love.. that isn’t for me. Especially so when you’re not exactly single, but you’re not exactly dating anyone. It’s complicated.
To be perfectly honest, I hate how “Hallmark” this holiday has become.
Of course, the people that mean the most to me will get some sort of message, that’s a given. Even if it’s a funny photo with a silly message attached to it, it’s my way of telling them that they’re important to me.
But again, the “not in a relationship” part of me hates this holiday.
So, here’s how to survive Valentine’s Day when you’re single.
BUY YOURSELF FLOWERS OR CANDY
Why rely on a man to buy you candy?
What’s stopping you from buying yourself some flowers?
That’s right: nothing.
Treat yo’ self.
STAY AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
Unless you want to see all of the lovey-dovey couple posts, steer clear of social media today. Couple’s flaunting their love is the worst, especially when you’re on the opposite end of the love spectrum.
Just try to stay off of Facebook and Instagram and avoid the hearts and flowers and candy – oh my.
It’s for your own good.
Give yourself a manicure, pedicure, or facial. Cook yourself your favorite dinner, or spoil yourself and order in your favorite meal: beer and pizza sounds like a great date night. Take yourself out shopping and buy yourself something you’ve been eyeing for a while.
That pretty pink scarf? Go for it!
If you don’t buy it for yourself, who will?
And also, doing things for yourself will help you keep your mind off of the fact that no one else is doing them for you (at least for a little while).
Ice cream is one of those treats that just makes you feel good.
Despite the frigid temperatures outside, the inside of your house or apartment is nice and toasty warm, and while you’re curled up in your blanket, watching sappy romantic movies (see below for help with this), ice cream is one thing that makes you feel better.
STOP WATCHING SAPPY ROMANTIC MOVIES
The perfect movies to watch today are the horror movies – the bloodier the better.
My Bloody Valentine? Check.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre? The ultimate romance killer.
Valentine’s Day? NO. NO. NO.
If you’re really feeling low about the ultimate love day, stay away from the lovey-dovey movies. Seriously, do yourself a favor and just don’t do it.
Here’s a great site to check out for anti-love movies.
GRAB YOUR SINGLE FRIENDS AND GO OUT
Why not get dolled up and be each other’s Valentines?
Go grab some drink at a pub, or treat yourselves to a fancy cocktail at a fancy restaurant.
Or, if you’re not feeling up to going out, have a single’s day potluck with wine, ice cream, and take out. Sometimes being alone isn’t the best thing for you when you’re already kind of sad.
Be sad with your friends!
I hope you guys all understand that I’m mostly joking around with this post.
In all honesty, yes, I think that Valentine’s Day is for the couples 100%. But love is for everyone; couples, singles, dogs.. everyone.
As much as being single sucks on a day that’s full of romance and candy hearts and flowers, it’s also about loving yourself, and making sure that you know you love you.
That makes sense, right?
After all, who’s gonna love you more than you’re gonna love you?
Stop hating on the holiday, and treat yo’ self. Be your own damn Valentine, and take my advice with a grain of salt.
Happy Valentine’s Day.