7 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Special When You’re Single

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By Rufus Carter

Valentine’s Day is a special day for many couples across the country, as it’s an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on their relationship. When you’re single, however, it’s not the same. But just because you don’t have a significant other doesn’t mean you have to be depressed all day. You can either treat it like any other day — or make it a special day and enjoy yourself. If you want to make Valentine’s Day special, here are seven things you can do for yourself.

Go Shopping

You read that correctly: Go on a shopping spree (a responsible one). Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to buy yourself some nice things, whether it be luxury care products, technology, shoes, or anything that makes your day special.

Log Out

Valentine’s Day is also a great time to unplug from social media. This is especially beneficial if you don’t want to see countless posts of your friends out with their partners. Consider devoting the day to relaxation and being present where you are. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even take the day off from answering emails and phone calls.

Get Out of Town

There may not always be a Valentine’s Day that you have no plans or commitments, so take advantage of it and skip town. You could go wherever you like! If work and/or other life commitments allow, take a few days to visit somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. However, even a day trip to somewhere closer can prove fun and refreshing.

Stay In

If going out of town is not your idea of relaxing, consider hanging out at home. You could order take-out, binge Netflix, listen to music, take a hot bath, have a dance party with yourself, or whatever you want to do. You could even invite some friends over for Galentine’s Day, and who knows — maybe the party will move elsewhere!

Go on a Date (That’s Not Romantic)

Who says you need a significant other to go on a date for Valentine’s Day? Call up a friend and go do something that’s not romantic. It could be seeing an action movie, mountain climbing, surfing, or anything else that’s fun and entertaining. If you want to spice it up a little, go out to dinner or for a couple’s massage — you may find yourself getting the couples discount.

Spend Time with Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day is all about love, right? However, you don’t have to do something romantic to celebrate love. Get with a few close friends or family members and grab dinner at a nice restaurant, go to an amusement park, or do something else that’s fun for everyone and gives you the chance to celebrate your relationships.

Write Your Gratitude

If you don’t already write in a daily journal, Valentine’s Day is a great time to start. Not only do journals give you an opportunity to express pent-up emotions, but they can also serve as reminders of what’s important. For instance, start a gratitude journal where you write three things you’re grateful for each day. You’ll keep the good things in your life fresh in your mind when you write them down, and you’ll remember them if you read your entries at a later time.

Your Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be depressing. Go on a budget-friendly shopping spree, unplug from social media, go for a short vacation, or stay in for the day. Go on a “date” with a friend, spend time with the people you love most, and/or start writing in a journal. Some single people prefer to treat Valentine’s Day like any other day, but if you want to make it special, these tips are a good place to start.