Oh Valentine’s Day. Once we step into stores the first couple weeks of January, there is no escaping the pinks, reds, and hearts that come from this holiday. For us single people, it’s just a dread because we will see our friends with significant others flaunting their cool plans and other sweet things that is going to happen to them. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all bad. Be single and make the best of it! Here are some of my tips:
1. Hangout with your best friends
What better than spending time with your friends to feel loved! In some Spanish-speaking countries, Valentine’s Day is called, “El dia del amor y la amistad,” which literally translates to, “the day of love and friendship.” So instead of mopping that someone is not wooing you, spend time with your closest friends and even give treats to each other. Have fun and recount memories and make new ones, and if you want to watch your favorite rom-com or chick flick, go for it but make it about friends not about wanting a significant other.
2. Don’t be bitter
Yes it may be tempting to roll your eyes at every couple you see on this day, but being bitter just makes it worse. If you are really strongly against this day, the best way is just to ignore it and go on with the day as if it was any other. Or you can go the comical way and make light of the day by making jokes, without offending those who are celebrating. Look at memes and it will make it all better. But just remember, it’s only 24 hours and most of us have school or jobs, just dive in to your tasks and let it go. *Cue Frozen song* It will be over before you know it.
3. Love your family
Love comes in all ways, and there’s nothing that can come close to the love of your family. Whoever it may be that you have close, spend time with them. Write heartfelt letters to your parents, or bake cupcakes with your sibling. If you’re away from home, Skype them and let them know they are loved. Nothing compares to a family bond, so what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than the ones closest to your heart.
4. Love Yourself
Treat yourself. Spend a day watching for favorite movie, while eating your favorite ice cream. Valentine’s Day may seem like the day to love outwardly, but you can also just love yourself and enjoy all you are. Get that manicure you’ve been putting off or buy a new outfit, but choose to make yourself happy. Don’t depend on anyone else to make you happy that day, do it for yourself and it will be worth it. It’s always better to love yourself and be happy.
So have fun this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy it and if you have any tips of ideas, send them my way!