I hated Valentine’s Day growing up. Well, I didn’t care so much as a kid but when I grew up seeing men with roses and flowers for their partners and people together all lovey dovey only made me feel more lonely. It was annoying.
Parks and Recreation introduced us to Galentine’s Day. A day for celebrating other women for women which I absolutely love. Make Valentine’s Day and every other day a day to honour and love yourself.
I’ve made a list of things to do on Valentine’s Day when you’re single
Host an all singles dinner party
I love this for a multitude of reasons. I love a dinner party – it’s feels really mature and classy. Everyone make a toast to independence and the freedom of being single. Bonus points if you bring single males as well. Who knows what might happen?
Treat yo self (yourself)
Parks and Recreation also introduced us to Treat Yo Self. I preach this philosophy – pamper yourself spoilt even if it’s just for one day. Go and get your hair done, nails done, even a spa day!
Stay in and have a movie marathon
This sounds like a dream. Order a pizza and binge on your favourite tv show. Bonus points if you watch Sex in the City – a show celebrating single women navigating the dating world in New York City.
Have a Valentine’s Day staycation with your friends
Have a relaxing and calming retreat with your friends for the weekend. I’ve mentioned some really nice places to visit in NSW in Australia that would be perfect for a retreat.
Take time out for yourself and enjoy the company with your closest friends. Staycations aren’t just for couples.
Plan a special V-Day date with your best friend
Doing what couples do whilst still having the independence of that of a single woman. This sounds like a hilarious idea. You and your bestie get dressed up and go to a fancy restaurant.
I just realised that all the people in said restaurant are probably in relationships so I don’t think looking at the eye candy works. However, you two can gossip and make remarks about all the couples (not in a mean-spirited way of course).
Bonus points if you get the Valentine’s Day special. Add the wine too.
Spend the day with your parents
I think this is really special if you’re living away from home. Valentine’s Day is all about love so spend the day with the people you love and care for the most – your parents. Or even your grandparents. Obviously being covid-safe. It will really surprise them and it will be a really memorable day.
Buy yourself flowers or send flowers to a friend
I love a good bouquet of flowers. Treat yourself to some beautiful flowers for your home or send flowers to a special someone.
Write a love letter to yourself
The most important relationship is the one with yourself. It is also the hardest to love yourself so I know it’s difficult. Cut yourself some slack but write a message for yourself. Celebrate all the wonderful things that make you you and revisit it in a few years time.
You will be so proud of the progress you will have made! In fact I’m writing one to myself this year.
Do whatever makes you happy
I truly think you should do whatever makes you happy. Do whatever you need to do. Whether that’s just being off social media (excellent choice btw), turning off your phone and just spending the night with yourself. This picture of Mr Burns from The Simpsons is my quintessential Valentine’s Day mood.
I hope this has been really helpful and remember to enjoy Valentine’s Day like any other day. Also being single is amazing. Whether you’ve been single for years, needing a break from the dating scene for yourself, focusing on your personal development or career, being single does have incredible benefits.
I’ve been single pretty much my entire life and whilst I’ll be jealous every now and again, being single has been the best and right thing for me. I’ve been able to explore and have the freedom to really do things I love and live independently.