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10 Ways to Spend Valentine's Day When You're Single

Valentine's DayI’ve never been one to care for Valentine’s Day. It’s supposedly the most romantic day of the year, but to me it just seems so “in your face” and cheesy.

I know it’s a designated day to show love for the person in your life who is good at taking your breath away, but what if you don’t have that person in your life yet? Being single on Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re wishing you were in a relationship or recently broke up with someone, can leave a little sting. Even if you’re single by choice, you get that “poor you” look from other people when they ask who you’re spending the holiday with.

You don’t need to miss out on a day to treat your loved one just because you’re single. Be your own Valentine, and give yourself some much-needed attention — there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day when you’re single!

Here are 10 ways to spend Valentine’s Day when you’re single:

1.) Make it a girls’ night
Go out and get all the ingredients for those awesome cosmos, grab new pajamas, and have a romcom marathon with your besties. Pull up a list of the best romantic comedies, and try this ultimate cosmo recipe to have a Valentine’s 02-Day that won’t disappoint.

2.) Try speed dating
While you may not meet the person of your dreams, it’s bound to be fun — or, at the very least, it will give you a good story for later. If you’re not sure where to start, check out 8 Minute Dating online to see if there’s an event in your area!

3.) Treat yourself to a spa day
There’s no reason you don’t deserve a massage, even if you’re getting one from a professional rather than a partner. If you’re not keen on going out, you can always treat yourself with an at-home pedicure and facial!

4.) Ask a guy friend out
You can totally go on a platonic date, even if you spend the time laughing at all the cheesy couples. If you don’t have a guy friend who is just a friend, you should make a friend of the opposite sex because it can be good for you! According to Psychology Today, having a opposite gender friend can give you benefits like the benefit of a “lighter friendship” with more fun and having someone who talk to who will listen.

5.) Throw a party
Invite all your single (and couple!) friends over to your place. Entertaining is always fun, and you won’t feel alone with all of those people at your place. Get some tips on beautiful DIYs to entertain and throw a party your friends will all remember from Babble Home!

6.) Go to the gym
This might not be the most romantic option, but if you’re frustrated that you haven’t found that person to spend the rest of your life with, use that energy and focus it into a great workout. You’ll leave feeling energized and better than when you went in. If you’re not already in love with a gym in your area, read Shape‘s suggestions on how to find the right gym for you!

7.) Organize a secret admirer — like a “Secret Santa”
You and your other single friends can secretly choose a name, and you can organize and plan a special date for the two of you — non-romantic, but so fun!

me8.) Ignore the whole event
There’s no reason you have to buy into all the hype and the love-fest! Stay in that night, avoid all the commotion and use the evening to be productive; read that book you’ve been wanting to pick up or clean the spare room at home you’ve been putting off. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: 8 Books to Read Before They Hit the Movie Screens in 2014.

9.) Volunteer
Check to see if your local senior center or humane society could use some volunteers, and give your love to those who need it that night. Check out VolunteerMatch.org to find opportunities to make a difference in your community!

10.) Be your own date
Take yourself out and enjoy yourself! Buy yourself some flowers, get dressed up, and have a tasty dinner. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself and giving yourself some much-deserved love and attention. According to Oprah.com, there are many benefits to some alone time! Among them: you’re more likely to be creative and it forces you to listen to your body!

 :: What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments! ::

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Smaller photo credits: © Devan McGuinness

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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and four kids. Read more from  on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!  

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