Valentine's Day.... the beloved time of year where we are spoiled or showered with gifts of love, adoration, and appreciation from our significant other has rolled around again. Just as the Hallmark stocks its shelf, and Wal-Mart overflows with super teddy bears, and even Dollar Tree increases his balloon orders, many will flock to the stores in honor Valentine's Day.
For couples who have been boggled down with the busy-ness of daily life, this day is an opportunity for them to reconnect and revitalize the romance. New couples or fresh relationships may approach Valentine's Day as a way to explore the next step in the relationship. While couples who have been maintaining routine and regular emotional check-ins and date nights may see Valentine's Day as "another Tuesday" to shower my love with adoration and love as they have done every day. And notoriously, Valentine's Day is about us ladies anyway (don't forget gifts for him), but there is a group that is often neglected on Valentine's Day...Singles!
Often, many people see single individuals as being "sad" or "lonely" on Valentine's Day. Being single on this day, I have often heard things like "Awww...you will meet the right guy someday" or "there are plenty fish in the sea, he is out there." Several more have even attempted the "I have the perfect guy you should meet" in an attempt to curb the feeling of "being single." However, many, especially those who have found growth from their single life experiences, will argue that there is NOTHING wrong with being single, especially on Valentine's Day.
According to a National Survey, 72% of singles enjoy Valentine's Day and 50% of singles are proud of their status on Valentine's Day. In fact, 24% of singles add to the hype of Valentine's Day purchases by buying gifts for themselves. Many more just continue to move forward with their routine. After all, it is Tuesday and you have to get to work or school. On this evening, others will choose to curl up on the couch and watch movies.
But If you are finding it challenging on Valentine's Day as a single person, here are 3 suggestions to help you enjoy you enjoy the day:
1. Indulge Yourself. Skip work and go get a manicure and pedicure. Pick up some fresh flowers and chocolates (or cupcakes if you have a sweet tooth like me). Go for dinner at restaurant of your choice and enjoy a nice glass of wine or cocktail. Whether you have table for one, or pop a seat at the bar truly embrace the art of dating yourself tonight. Take an interest in the environment around you and let the ambience carry you.
2. Get with you friends and plan a Girl's Night or Guy's Night. Get with your friends and plan a mini party or night out. Whether it is a girl's night in or if you decide to go out for cocktails and to dance the night away, enjoy it. Guys... I think there is a basketball game on that night. Grab a case of beer and head out to chill with the boys.
3. Try Something New. Have you been dying to check out that new gym or yoga studio? Have you really been wanting to try your hand pole dancing or flirty fitness? Or maybe there is a new restaurant that you have been saving for that date night? Why wait...go for it! Valentine's Day is the day to try something new and experience something new. Who knows you may run into when you try a new place.
Remember, you can rewrite how you celebrate this day to make it truly more inclusive of self-love and not just love for others.
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