Surviving Valentine’s Day as a Single Woman

It’s almost that time of year again. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re not celebrating with a significant other this year, you may have a bit of anxiety, or even sadness, when you think about this holiday. However, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself this Valentine’s Day that will help you celebrate all the love you do have in your life. Here are some practical and helpful suggestions for getting through Valentine’s Day—even when you don’t have a valentine.

Celebrating with Friends

Remember that Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, so there’s no reason why you can’t spend the day with friends who care about you and value your happiness. You can plan a fancy dinner with your girlfriends so that you can all get dressed up and treat yourself to a nice dinner. Or, you can have a girls’ night in, where you eat your favorite snacks and watch a romantic comedy. Bonding with the people who mean the most to you and have likely helped you through a breakup or two can help you get through Valentine’s Day in good spirits. You and your friends may even start a new tradition that you can continue to follow even when you do get into new romantic relationships.

Spending Time with Family

Show your family how much you love them this Valentine’s Day. If you have children, this is a great way to teach them that it’s perfectly fine to celebrate all forms of love on this holiday. Exchange gifts with your children, siblings, parents, or extended family members this Valentine’s Day to ensure that all your loved ones feel appreciated and cared for during this holiday. You can even draw names a week or two before Valentine’s Day to make sure that no one is overlooked during the gift exchange. On the evening of Valentine’s Day, have a dessert party so that you and your relatives can exchange gifts while you enjoy gourmet chocolates and spend quality time together.

Pampering Yourself

Finally, keep in mind that you can spend Valentine’s Day relaxing and pampering yourself. Book an appointment at your favorite spa so you can spend the day getting a massage or facial. You can even book a mini vacation or go to a retreat center that will give you the opportunity to connect with nature, meditate, and take some time to reflect on your life goals as well as all the great things that are happening in your life. Or, contact your beautician so that you can visit the beauty salon on Valentine’s Day to get a new hairstyle. Changing up your look can help to boost your mood and may just give you the confidence you need to attend a social event that could help you meet someone you may be interested in. When you make treating yourself well a priority, you’ll be more likely to start looking forward to Valentine’s Day, even if you’re not celebrating it in the traditional fashion.