There’s no denying that being single on Valentine’s Day can be tough, especially if you’re surrounded by loved-up friends and colleagues eager to share all the intimate details of their candlelit dinners and soppy cards.
The worst thing to do though is nothing – nothing will make you feel lonelier than a microwave meal for one. No, the best course of action is to take the bull by the horns and reclaim the day.
Here are 5 ideas for how the single girl can make Valentines a day to remember…for all the right reasons!
Girls’ night in
When you’re feeling down, nothing cheers you up quite like some quality time with the people who know you best – your girlfriends. With this in mind, a good old-fashioned slumber party is the obvious solution to the single gal’s Valentine’s Day blues! What could be better than a night in with your friends and the obligatory slumber party essentials; ice cream, a trashy romcom and of course lots of ‘my ex-boyfriend stories…’?
Anti-Valentine’s movie night
Cinemas are traditionally the preserve of the first date, but why not challenge the stereotype by heading to the cinema (solo or with a group of similarly anti-Valentine mates), for a viewing of the least Valentine-appropriate film on the screens?
Why should the girls in relationships be the only ones to get treated on February 14th? And why wait for a man to treat you, when you can treat yourself? Whether you go for a blow-dry on your way into work, a quick manicure in your lunch hour, or whisk yourself off to a day spa for the full-works, treating yourself to a spot of pampering will perk your day up no end!
For those who really want to stick two-fingers up to the Valentine establishment, there’s only one thing for it; an anti-Valentine’s party. Make an anti-love mix tape, serve broken heart-shaped cookies, buy a heart-shaped piñata, and gather all your favourite singletons for some mutual Valentine-bashing. Even the most loved-up of couples will be sad they weren’t invited.
Make a positive change
If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, it’s all too easy to get caught up lamenting on the past and worrying about the future. However if you ditch this negative thinking and focus on the present, you could make it a day to remember for all the right reasons. Making a positive change, such as joining a gym, starting a new healthy eating plan, or even trying a new activity might sound scary, but will give you a rush of excitement and a real sense of achievement and satisfaction. –MSN