When you’re single on Valentine’s Day, doesn’t it seem like the signs of love are everywhere? Heart-shaped balloons, extra large Valentine’s day cards, bouquets of flowers, chocolates… you get my drift. For many singles, Valentine’s Day and all its symbolism invokes an unpleasant feeling of loneliness, despair and may even make you think it’s time to give up on love.
Stop right there!
Instead of giving into the “single on Valentine’s Day” blues, let’s be proactive and focus on celebrating the love you do have around you through friendships, family and co-workers.
Empowering Activities When You’re Single On Valentine’s Day
All you need is a bit of creativity and willingness to redefine what Valentine’s Day means for you. Here are several fun and positive activities you can check out and consider to celebrate February 14th in your own way.
#1: Opt for a Galentine/Palentine’s Event
Make up your own celebration event with friends and friends of friends. This is a great way to meet other singles and come together in the name of singledom.
#2: Research Eventbrite
There are so many activities and events happening prior to and after Valentine’s Day. Eventbrite is a great resource to find out what’s happening in your area.
#3: Join a Meetup Group
Ever heard the saying, “Birds of a feather, flock together”? Meetup Groups is a great resource to find cohorts and events around specific hobbies and interests.
#4: Private Dance Class
If you want an uplifting experience, there’s no better option than moving your body to get the endorphins flowing. Treat yourself to a private or group dance class.
#5: Host a Dinner Party
Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you can’t partake in a dinner date! Opt out of the traditional one-to-one dinner date and go for a group dinner date.
#6: Wine Tasting
Calling all wine lovers! Enjoy an evening indulging your taste buds by sampling different wines. The best part is you can book this with a group of friends or fly solo.
#7: Paint Night
You don’t have to be Picasso to partake in this activity. Just try putting colors to canvas while enjoying your beverage of choice. Participate in an evening of painting, creativity and who knows who you will meet.
#8: Singles Trip
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all! Depending on the travel considerations in your area, take a singles cruise or plan a solo adventure by joining organized trips specifically for singles.
#9: Friend Date
Instead of sitting at home, set up a date with a close friend who is also single. Plan for an activity you both enjoy and look forward to knowing you’ll both have a good time.
#10: Karaoke Bar
Grab a group of friends and sing your hearts out! There’s no better time to express your Valentine’s Day mood than through your vocal chords. The best part is, the stage is open to all… no experience needed.
#11: Attend a Speed Dating Event
Getting out of the “single” rut and dating again can take practice, and you’ll get plenty of that at a speed dating event. Typically, you get to meet and connect with 7-8 other singles in a short time frame without any pressure. It’s a great opportunity to meet singles while practicing your conversation and banter skills (and maybe even your flirting skills, if you’re bold).
#12: Treat It Like Another Day
There are some who don’t let the flowers, chocolate and love-filled air bother them at all. Of course, if you’re not big into holidays, you always have the choice to treat Valentine’s Day like any other day (while being respectful of those who do like to indulge and celebrate). You don’t need to find yourself at the end of Cupid’s arrow to know your worth, indulge in self-care, or own and celebrate your choices; just let that arrow fly right on by.
It’s Okay to Be Single on Valentine’s Day
With a little planning and some mindset shifting, being single on Valentine’s Day could be your opportunity to embrace this single season of your life. After all, how can you expect to attract love if your mindset is “I am over it”?
And if you’re not sure if you’re ready to move on from singledom and start dating again, then take this quiz and find out where you are on the relationship readiness scale.