If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, there’s no need to dwell on your relationship status. The holiday is just another day, albeit one that evolved to sell greeting cards.1 But if you do think you’ll feel lonely, it may help to plan something fun you can look forward to.
Here are some ideas for fun things to do when you are single on Valentine’s Day.
Spend Time With Your Single Friends
Instead of dwelling on your relationship status, why not celebrate your singleness on Valentine’s Day? Have fun with your single friends, and be sure to shower them with extra love and affection today. Focusing on your friends is fun, but there’s a hidden benefit here. Studies show that focusing on other people, not yourself, may lead to greater feelings of happiness.2
So, instead of planning a night in for yourself, why not plan something that your friends will enjoy? On Valentine’s Day, grab your favorite person (or group of people) and celebrate the single life by:
- Hosting a dinner party for your single friends
- Inviting friends over for a pajama and movie party
- Visiting a bar, winery, or brewery together
- Dressing up and going to that club or fancy restaurant you’ve been wanting to check out
Whatever you decide to do, remember to reach out to other people. Be the person to make plans, and invite others who may be feeling lonely today. They’ll likely be grateful.
Get A Relaxing Facial
This Valentine’s Day, say “I love you” to your skin and treat yourself to a facial. Even if you’re diligent about cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing at home, going to a spa might give you benefits you can’t give yourself. Professional facials may:
- Cleanse your skin more thoroughly than you can do yourself at home
- Help you relax
- Support cell regeneration and collagen production
- Support blood circulation
- Help to open your pores and remove dead skin cells
- Support your skin health
- Help reduce the appearance of under-eye bags, dark circles, or crow’s feet4
- If you rarely treat yourself to something like a facial, Valentine’s Day is a great day to indulge.
Give Yourself An At-Home Spa Day
Spas are nice, but you don’t really need to go anywhere to feel pampered. Gather up some of your favorite beauty products, call up some friends (or not), and create a spa experience at home. Here are some ideas:
- Set the mood with calming music, candles, or essential oils.
- Put on slippers and a robe.
- Make your own “spa water” by adding mint, cucumbers, and lemons to a pitcher of water.
- Slowly wash your face using your most luxurious face wash.
- Give yourself a steam treatment by leaning over a large bowl full of hot water. Cover your head with a towel to trap in the steam.
- Apply a gentle facial scrub.
- Apply your favorite face mask, or make your own using yogurt and honey.
- Apply anti-aging cream all over your face, neck, and hands.
- Soak your feet in a large bowl of hot water, Epsom salt, baking soda, and peppermint essential oil.
- Apply a deep conditioning mask to your hair.
- Take a luxurious bath with all of your best bath products.5,6
Pampering yourself is a fun and relaxing way to spend your day. It also has benefits backed by science. Research shows that people who are kind to themselves also exercise more, sleep better, and stress less.7
Spend Time With Your Family
Why not spend time with the family? Call up your mom, dad, or siblings and plan a visit for Valentine’s Day. If you have children or grandchildren, think of a special outing you can take them on. Make your loved ones feel special, and create some new memories.
- Spending time with your loved ones is not only fun, but it’s also good for your health. It may:
- Help you cope with stress
- Support your psychological well-being
- Support cardiovascular health
- Support longevity8
Get Your Nails Done
Going out for a manicure is an easy way to get friends together on Valentine’s Day. Pick a comfortable spot, call up some of your friends, and get ready to be pampered. Some nail salons will also offer amenities like hot tea or even wine. This may be the perfect way to relax and entertain yourself on February 14.
Buy Something Nice For Yourself
Occasionally splurging on gifts for yourself can have real therapeutic benefits. Shopping may help ease life transitions by preparing you for the next thing. It may also give you increased self-confidence and a sense of control in your life.9
The key, of course, is to not go overboard. You’re looking for a little pick-me-up, not a mountain of debt. Consider picking one thing you’ve been eyeing – like a nice jar of facial cream or a new blazer.
Get Cozy At Home With A Good Book
When’s the last time you stayed home and curled up with a good book? Reading may support brainpower and empathy. Plus, there’s a reason why the thought of curling up with a nice book sounds so relaxing: it’s a major stress reliever. Losing yourself in a different world might help you escape the worries of everyday life, no matter what book you choose.10
On Valentine’s Day, pick up an engrossing book, pour yourself a glass of wine or tea, and get ready to unwind.
Go To An Event For Singles
Celebrate your single status today. All across the country, there are Anti-Valentine’s Day parties where you can hang out and have fun with other single people. Have a drink, mingle with others, and remember how fun it is to have the freedom to do anything you want. To find an event near you, look at weekly publications that advertise events in your area.
Have A Great Day
No matter what you decide to do, remember all of the great things that you appreciate about yourself. The things you like most about yourself – whether it be your wit, intellect, or ambition – define you, no matter your relationship status. Be kind to yourself today, and hang out with people who make you feel good.