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A Single Person’s Survival Guide to Valentine’s Day

Surviving Valentine’s Day as a single person can seem like a daunting task, especially if most of your friends are coupled up or married. It’s a day that can make you feel gloomy and lonely about being single, but only if you let it. If you want to take charge this Valentine’s Day and celebrate your singlehood, this survival guide is for you.

Treat Yourself

Your social media feed is probably bombarded with photos of happy couples kissing or lavish gifts bestowed upon your friends by their significant others. Instead of getting jealous, treat yourself to something extra special. After all, the great thing about being single is that you know yourself best, so you can buy whatever it is that makes you happiest. Love chocolates? Flowers? How about a mani-pedi and a massage? Give yourself the best Valentine’s Day gift this year to celebrate being you.

Avoid Alcohol

If you’ve been through a recent, difficult breakup and are still feeling emotional about it, a bottle of wine might sound like the perfect way to get through Valentine’s Day, but overindulging can often make things worse. Drowning your sorrows in alcohol or other substances can also increase your risk of developing an addiction, so look for healthier ways to cope.

Give Back

Volunteering is a fantastic way to focus your energy on something other than being single and give back to your community at the same time. Doing something good for someone in need also gives you a boost of feel-good vibes that can be a welcome feeling on a day that you might otherwise spend feeling down and out. There are likely many opportunities to get involved in your local community, from volunteering at a local soup kitchen to organizing fundraising events or helping out at a local animal shelter.

Hit the Gym

Speaking of feel-good vibes, exercise releases endorphins in the brain (the feel-good, make-you-happy chemicals). What better way to beat the Valentine’s Day blues than a great workout at the gym? Go for a run through a scenic neighbourhood, or take a hike on a nearby trail. Getting in touch with nature while getting fit is sure to leave you feeling accomplished and satisfied.

Set Relationship Goals

If you can’t get being single out of your mind this Valentine’s Day, why not spend some time focusing on your relationship goals? If you’ve explored dating apps and sites and haven’t had much success, maybe it’s time to reevaluate your priorities. What are you looking for in a partner? What qualities does your ideal mate have? Decide what matters to you most, and re-enter the dating scene with renewed enthusiasm – but don’t limit yourself to people who fit your perfectly-conceived profile. The best things often come in unexpected packages.

Celebrate Your Singlehood

Don’t let yourself get sucked into feeling bad about not being in a relationship on Valentine’s Day. Singlehood is a time to celebrate, providing a wide-open world of possibilities. Think about it: You’re not tied down to a partner with a rising career that might discourage you from spending a few months backpacking through Europe. Think about the things that you’ve always wanted to do but never did while you were with a partner – and go do them! There’s no time like the present to start crossing things off your bucket list.

Surviving Valentine’s Day as a single might seem daunting, but when you get yourself in the right mindset, you’ll find that it’s actually something to celebrate. From thinking about the possibilities the future holds to dedicating your time and energy towards the greater good, there are many worthy ways to spend Valentine’s Day when you’re unattached.

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