I've been single on Valentine's day, well, forever, and it's difficult when you see all your friends loved up and enjoying a day of romance. There are ways around it though, and I've probably tried them all; ice cream on the sofa watching trashy TV, a night out with your best friend to take your mind off it, sleeping through the whole day. Yes, there are a number of ways to try and avoid the day, but here are a few tips to help you through the season.4.
It seems obvious but by joining a new club, not only are you learning a new skill, but you are also meeting new people, new people who may also be single like you on Valentine's Day. You may end up meeting someone you eventually fall in love with, or you may just make a few new mates, either way, you'll find new people to hang out with on the day. These new people may also have some more ideas on how to have fun, so go along with them and take your mind off it.
2. Create an Anti-Valentine's Playlist
There are so many songs out there that spread the message of 'love sucks'. Remind yourself of this whilst dancing round your living room and singing loudly. I prefer heavier rock music for times like this, however any music genre will do. Just make sure you stay away from the sad, slow, breakup songs that will leave you in tears (we're looking at your James Blunt).
3. Realise you're not alone
It may feel like it now, but you're not the only person who's going to be single on Valentine's day. For starters, there's me, and apparently 60 million people worldwide spend the day alone. That's a lot of people. We'll all be in it together. We can do this!
4. Save Some Money
Do you really think people celebrate Catholic Saint's days like this every time one comes around? Could most people even name another Saint's day? Probably not. Valentine's day, as depressing as this sounds, is just a way for companies to get you to put your hand in your pocket. The price of all the cliche gifts go up, like boxes of chocolates, flowers, teddy bears etc. in order to create more money when people think they should be expressing their love for another person. And honestly, if they loved another person that much, shouldn't they be showing them everyday?
5. Be Happy Being Single
Single does not equate to loneliness. I'm single and I am not lonely, I have a lot of people around me who remind me every day why I'm happy enough being on my own. When you;re single, you can do what you want, when you want to, without having to please anyone else. Having that sense of independence should be enough to make anyone happy. Remember, single means one, not lonely.
I hope these tips helped! Let me know if any of you have any more up your sleeves and have a fantastic World Nutella Day on 5th February instead! (More about that in a later post)