A single’s guide to Valentine’s

Not having a significant other doesn't mean you can't enjoy Valentine's Day

When one thinks of Valentine’s Day, they often picture a romantic day spent with their significant other, going out on a date, exchanging gifts and being in love. For those who are single, it can often be a regular day overshadowed by the fact that they don’t have someone to share it with. 

That doesn’t have to be the case, though.

Valentine’s is all about love, and that includes showing love to yourself. Here are some ways to do that.

Treat yourself to a gift

One of the staples of Valentine’s Day is giving gifts to the one you love. Show yourself some love and buy yourself a gift this year. This can be anything, from buying yourself a box of chocolates to going all out and getting yourself something expensive that you’ve been wanting. Is there a pair of shoes that you’ve had your eye on? A new video game? Treat yourself and buy the thing that you know would make you happy. 

Showing yourself some love with a gift is a great way to make your Valentine’s Day as a single person even just a little bit happier.

Take yourself out to dinner for a nice meal

Show some love to yourself on Valentine’s Day by taking yourself out for one of your favorite meals. Without the pressure of worrying about what someone else may want to eat, you get to choose exactly where you want to go and what you want to eat. Plus, you don’t have to worry about dressing up for a date. Simply going out by yourself for a nice meal is a great way to show yourself a good time.

Do one of your favorite activities

Couples on Valentine’s are often going out and doing a myriad of activities together. In that spirit, do something that you love to do this Valentine’s Day. If you love going to the movies, go see something in the theaters and buy yourself a large popcorn and drink that you don’t need to share with a date. If you would prefer to stay in instead, curl up with a good book, play a favorite video game or binge a show that you love. When you’re doing something that you love and that makes you happy, then you’re showing yourself a little love and making yourself happy on Valentine’s Day.

Spend some time with other loved ones

Just because you don’t have a significant other doesn’t mean you have to spend Valentine’s Day alone. Spending time with the people you love platonically is a great way to capture the spirit of the day.

Family and friends can be your closest loved ones, and just being with them can often make you feel good. Another bonus that comes with spending time with your platonic loved ones is that you can do the previously listed items with them. If you’re the kind of person that loves giving others a gift, you can buy something for your friends and family. You could also enjoy a great meal with each other, go bowling together or spend the night playing board games. As long as you are enjoying the time with your loved ones, your Valentine’s Day is a success.

Not having a romantic partner on Valentine’s Day does not have to be the end all be all for single people. There are so many ways to not only show yourself love but also show others that you love them. If you do anything that makes you or someone else feel loved on Valentine’s Day, then you have done Valentine’s Day right.