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Monday, 13 February 2017

I was chatting about Valentine's Day plans with some of my friends, when one announced that she was absolutely dreading the it. How could she possibly enjoy the day if she doesn't have someone special to share it with? I didn't like the fact that one day out of the year could make someone feel so horrible. So I set out on a mission to prove to her, and others like her, that Valentine's Day doesn't have to be awful if you're on your own.

Galentine's Day/Manentine's Day

Galentine's Day has been around for a while, since the idea featured on an episode of Parks and Recreation, but I definitely thought it was one worth including in this post (and I tried to make a male equivalent for the guys out there spending the day alone too!). Get your friends together and spend the day (or evening) celebrating with them. Go out somewhere fun, or stay in with food, drink and crappy TV. Either way, spend some time with those closest to you and you're guaranteed to have a great time that will soon have you forgetting about why you were dreading V Day in the first place. Celebrate your friendships, toast your achievements, and reflect on everything you've been through together. Usually the day is celebrated the day before Valentine's, but there's nothing stopping you from celebrating it on the 14th if everyone's free. 

Be Alone

So what if you're spending Valentine's Day on your own? Take advantage of it. Pamper yourself, treat yourself, take the opportunity to do something you've been wanting to do for ages. Just spend some time with you. Some people seem to think that spending time on your own is lame/stupid/something to be embarrassed about, but the truth is everyone needs to take some time out on their own, and everyone should. We all lead such busy lifestyles now, so getting the opportunity to slow down and relax by yourself can hardly be a bad thing. Spending time alone is the perfect opportunity to do all the things you love, and, after all, Valentine's Day is all about the love right? So spend the day on your own, embrace it, and enjoy yourself.

Remember: It's Just a Day

I know it can feel horrible when it seems like everyone else is happy and loved-up and enjoying themselves on Valentine's Day, while you're sat on your own in bed with a tub of Ben and Jerry's (although that sounds like a perfect evening to me). But you have to remember: it's just a day. One day, out of 365 (or 366, depending on whether or not the science people throw an extra day into the calendar). The only difference between this day and any other is that stores have more flowers, more cards, and more cringey gifts, and restaurants whack up the prices. If you think of it that way, you're really not missing out on much. A lot of couples don't even celebrate Valentine's Day, and there will be a lot of people single on the day too, so you're not going to be the only person not getting involved in the celebrations. 

I hope this has managed to convince some of you that being alone or single on Valentine's Day isn't as terrible as it seems. If you take one thing away from my post, make it this: just because you don't have a romantic partner to spend the day with, it doesn't mean that everyone else celebrating the day is happier than you, or that you're doomed to spend the rest of your life alone. You can be happy on your own, and one day you'll find someone. More often than not, it will happen when you finally stop looking.

"Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion,
live for the moments, and know everything happens for a reason."
- Albert Schweitzer
  1. I love this post. I am also single, like your friend but I see Valentines Day as just another day like any other. I never really dwell on it all to much and I definitely will be pampering tomorrow evening!
    Lovely read,
    Lois x

    1. Thanks Lois! I think single guys and girls should enjoy themselves just as much as those of us in a relationship! Thanks for the comment xx

  2. This post is so sweet and positive! The past few years on Facebook, I've posted statuses trying to encourage my fellow singles to not be so miserable on Valentine's Day. I think it's important that people don't let one commercial day define their worth. And by the way, totally stealing Manentine's Day!

    Breanna Catharina

    1. Steal away, but let it be known it was born here 😉 thanks for the lovely comment!xx

  3. Wise words! I'm all for Galentine's Day, even though my two closest friends are about 1,100 miles away from me at the moment. And I totally agree with you: it's just one day, and we shouldn't let this artificial holiday dictate how we feel about ourselves.


    1. You'll have to arrange another Galentine's when you're all together! Thanks for the comment hun!xx

  4. I love this post! I am in a relationship but I am absolutely in favor of Galentine's Day! Girls night are just the best! xx C&K

    1. I'm in a relationship too, but I definately think singles should have some fun too! And I totally agree, girls nights are the best! Thanks for the comment!xx


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