Valentine’s Day can be a tough time if you’re single (some might even say the day is overrated). But don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to celebrate without feeling left out. So whether you’re happily single or ready to mingle, here are four ideas to make the most of the day, regardless of your relationship status.
Who’s idea was it in the first place to make Valentine’s Day synonymous with romance, anyway? A legitimate question, indeed. In fact, I was curious to know the origins of this day, and thus I did some research to find out the history of Valentine’s Day.
There isn’t a shortage of theories when it comes to the day’s origin. Some believe February 14 marks the onset of mating season for birds while others claim that St. Valentine was a Roman priest who was decapitated for performing secret marriages after Emperor Claudius II outlawed such unions in third century Roman times. But my personal favorite is the legend of an imprisoned saint, Valentine (or Valentinus) who sent a love letter to a young woman from his jail cell signed, “From your Valentine.”
While some people love this holiday, others find it difficult to celebrate when they’re not in a relationship. If you’re single and don’t know what to do on Valentine’s Day, don’t fret! There are plenty of fun things you can do to celebrate. Here are four ways to commemorate the day without feeling left out.
Watch a classic Rom-Com that You’ve Never Seen
I don’t know about you but there are certain times when cozying up in a blanket with snacks gives me all the feels I want and need. Now depending on what kind of mood you’re going for, I probably wouldn’t opt for a tear-jerker, unless you’re overdue for a good cry and need that extra push. May I suggest these tried and true classics? Top 25 Romantic Comedies of All-Time
Book Yourself a Massage
When was the last time you treated yourself? And if you can’t remember then that means it’s been too long. And yes, I mean an actual massage, like on your body (the foot massage included with your routine pedicure doesn’t count). Something about booking a massage for yourself seems much more intentional than your monthly trip to the nail salon. So go ahead and make plans to disconnect for 30-60 minutes and enjoy being pampered for a while.
Cook Yourself a Fancy Meal
I sent my bestie a subscription meal box for her birthday this week. Food is her love language so I knew it would be something she’d enjoy. And these boxes are so fancy nowadays. You can opt for surf and turf or some really fancy ramen. Throw in a bottle of Riesling or Malbec, or whatever you prefer and Treat. Yo. Self. And don’t forget to post that shit.
Take Yourself (Online) Shopping
Now that the holidays are over, I’m sure you’ve still got stuff in your cart (like I do, i.e., Brita water filter). And not that you need an excuse to splurge on yourself, but you’ve got a built in holiday for this exact reason. Shopping can be a great way to treat yourself, and with the internet, there are endless opportunities to find great deals on clothes, accessories, and more. So why not take some time out of your day to explore your favorite online stores? You may just end up finding something new that you love!
What are your plans for February 14th? Leave a comment below.
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