This will be my first time being single on Valentine’s Day since 2015.
A small part of me is bitter about it but I’m mostly kind of psyched. I don’t have to worry about buying a sentimental gift or scramble to make a last-minute reservation the day before. No effort is required on my part and I’m here for it!
That said, I do think I’ll feel sad when the actual day arrives, so I’m planning to show myself a little extra love that day. I’ve compiled this big list of ideas that I’ll pick from depending on where I’m at on February 14th.
Ranging from frugal to decadent, from diverting to diving right in, here’s a list of activities for single folks to do on Valentine’s Day:
- Pamper yourself with a body scrub and face mask
- Bundle up and stargaze
- Go to karaoke and belt out “Alone” by Heart
- Bake and share your edible creations with friends (or don’t share, that’s cool too)
- Treat yourself to a fancy dinner at a restaurant you’ve wanted to go to. Get dressed up for you (maybe for the insta too #singleandthriving)
- Pay it forward: buy a stranger a cup of coffee, leave an encouraging post-in on a co-worker’s desk, donate to a cause you care about, etc. Bask in the warm, fuzzy feelings of doing something for others
- Take your dog to the dog park and meet some new furry friends. Don’t have a dog? Maybe adopt one on Valentine’s Day!
- Watch a horror flick or a comedy (maybe not a romantic comedy though) at home or at your local movie theater
- Take an extra shift or work overtime at your job – make the most of your free time
- Listen to music that celebrates self-love
- Get crafty: knit, paint, collage, create something
- Read a book
- Watch some local stand-up comedy. Laughter is the best medicine, right?
- Take a trip to Home Goods and pick out a throw pillow or small piece of decor to spruce up your place
- Unfollow your exes on social media. DO IT
- Find a couple’s activity, like a couple’s massage, and book it for you and your bestie
- Go to the gym and release your rage with some kickboxing
- Invite a bunch of single people over and have a dinner party
- Pick a restaurant that typically wouldn’t be a Valentine’s date spot, like a sports bar or a fast food joint, and enjoy not being surrounded by couples
- Brew yourself a pot of tea (preferably decaf) and get all cozy on your couch
- Send your loved ones digital Valentine’s Day cards – I personally like sending RuPaul’s Drag Race memes
- Rewatch one of your favorite TV shows
- Journal about your current life situation and feelings
- Babysit for a couple going out and enjoy being in the presence of little kids while making some money
- Deep-clean your house or apartment – beat spring cleaning at its’ own game!
- Plan a mini-vacation and go away. A change of scenery can heal
- Perform a tarot reading for yourself (love related or otherwise)
- Get rid of that stuff your ex left at your place for good
- Wander around a museum until it closes
- Cook for your parents and create a cute date night for them to show your appreciation
- Take advantage of Valentine’s Day sales at the mall
- Wallow for a little while if you need to. Don’t ignore your feelings
- Buy yourself a lovely bouquet of flowers
- Get a haircut, dye job, or some other type of makeover and bask in how fabulous it is
- Fire up the diffuser with your favorite essential oils and please your olfactory sense
- Go to bed super early and thank yourself for that gift on February 15th
- Write your exes letters and then shred the letters to bits
- Go to therapy. Schedule an appointment on or near Valentine’s Day
- Take an extra long shower or bubble bath
- People watch in a coffee shop
- Unplug from social media for the day and avoid seeing sappy posts from your coupled friends
- Rediscover something from your childhood and enjoy the nostalgic vibes
- Talk on the phone or video-chat with a faraway friend who is also single
- Learn something new, like a language, craft, or other skill, by taking a local class or studying up online
Bottom line: If you’re single on Valentine’s Day this year, do something nice for yourself.
I hope this list inspired you! Comment your favorite activities or share your Valentine’s Day plans below.