Valentine’s Day is one particular date of the year on which singles of the world feel a need to stay cooped within their houses. Even those who chose to remain single feel terrible. All the PDA going around everywhere becomes way too saddening for them and they just wish that 14th February would stop existing. My fellow brethren, I understand your pain and wish to resolve it. That is why I set about finding ways for us- me and you- to keep ourselves occupied on Valentine’s Day and away from all the lovey-doveyness.
Valentine’s Day being on a Sunday in 2021 has made it easy for most couples to make plans together! With the malls, cafeterias and restaurants that will get crowded with love birds on Valentine’s Day – February 14th, there’s no reason for the singles to feel like a fish out of the pond. Whilst the couples enjoy their dates, there are many interesting ways in which you, the singles can have fun as well.
9 ways to celebrate V-Day
1. Get together with your tribe
If you are single, you sure do have your tribe, don’t you? So get together with your gang of friends and plan a sleep over, afternoon luncheon, dinner or perhaps a long drive to a day tour destination near your city. Pull up a quirky act on a friend or plan a back-to-back movie hangout, when you are with your soul-tribe, not a single moment is dull.
If your friends are all in peaceful relationships, tough luck then! Still, you could go on a solo trip. Who knows? Maybe, you find someone too and solo trip becomes a duet.
2. Indulge yourself completely
Let me tell you something- Valentine’s Day is as much about self-love as couple love. If you’re single, then, why not indulge in some self-love? After all, when it comes to our own selves, we rarely act selfishly. Though it applies more for women that are single, but even men can dive in! If you are a single lady, walk-in to a beauty boutique and opt in for spa treatments, best-deal beauty packages, aromatherapy or herbal massage packages. Single men too can opt in for natural treatment therapies, like the traditional Indian Shiro Dhara in any popular nature cure center. Furthermore, they can browse through their favourite watch or shoe brands and self-gift themselves. Know more about pampering yourself at head2heels.co.
3. Find out a new pursuit
Valentine Day is a wonderful time to fall in love with something new and it necessarily doesn’t need to be a person. Is there a hobby you wanted to pursue? For instance, did you always want to learn western contemporary, rumba or salsa? If yes, the February 14th is a great time to get yourself enrolled for a dance class and fall in love with this new found pursuit of yours. Though, make sure it’s not a couples’ dance class. Add in more to the list if you want- music, photography, art classes and the like.Go to a bookstore and fall in love with books. It’s more important this Sunday than any other to not just lie in the bed and maybe, do something.
4. Show love where there’s a need
Whilst the world celebrates this special day by enjoying the best food, movie and drinks, there are sections of people who can only wish for it! The homeless destitute in an orphan age or NGO homes, the senior citizens in an old age home, special children in a specialized center and the like. Why not get connected with a local NGO that stands for any of the above-mentioned situations or anything else and celebrate Valentine Day collaboratively, doing something different for the ones for who a small act of love would mean the entire world.
There’s no better way to kill loneliness than spreading love with the ones who desperately need your love. Volunteer at one such NGO, interact with these underprivileged people, share their pain and give them your love and caring.
5. Pamper yourself, your friends and parents
Pampering doesn’t have to be expensive! A red-velvet cake with a cute message or personalized T-shirts customized for close friends and family members can be a great way to show your love to people who really care for you. And whilst pampering others with gifts and gestures, don’t forget yourself. Get your favourite chocolate, cupcake or pasta and relish it thoroughly.
Think of all the things you so desperately want to do but normally won’t. And pick this day as the one to do them all. Forget about everything and just remember to treat yourself to the very brim. There’s no one more deserving of your love than you yourself. Then, why not treat yourself that way?
6. Netflix & Chill
Okay, maybe, you don’t have to get out of the house. You can just spend the whole day bingeing your favourite TV series or movie trilogy on Netflix or any other streaming service. Mind you, the streaming service would try its best to make you watch some romcom, not realizing your predicament. But you don’t even touch them. Stay away from all romcom films and shows (Even the ones in which the hero/heroine claims to not believe in love but eventually, ends up falling for the heroine/hero). Just this day, Action and Horror are your best friends. Here’s a list of anti-love movies to help you:
They Came Together, The Heartbreak Kid, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Blue Valentine, Marriage Story.
7. Work on your spirituality
Feeling full by yourself is a reality. You can do so by meditating. You can also do so by connecting yourself to God. Having a relationship with God is a form of meditation. It helps you be present which is a very essential of being happy and in fact is mindfulness. We know from the therapists that there are multiple ways to feel mindful. The prime concept of mindfulness is focusing on one particular thing and not getting deviated from it. It will help you keep out all the feelings of FOMO, insecurities and feeling that you are not enough.
8. Give social media a break
Always being on social media will lead you to compare yourself with lives that are “perfect”. It is easy to feel less of yourself when you are watching reels based out of a restaurant, and the V-cakes being slit. So do yourself a favour and keep your phone away for a while. This will help you have a better time when you can in reality connect with your family or just your gang the way you should.
9. Throw an Anti-valentines Day Bash
If nothing works, Here’s an idea- why not throw an anti-Valentine’s Day party, just to vent your frustration! Just find out why Valentine’s Day doesn’t deserve the hype it gets (even if it was just meant to vent your frustration) and get all the singles in a room to talk about it. Rather focus on the day and what is the story behind it and so on. So you’ll be better prepared on what to do the next time.
With interesting ways to celebrate up your sleeve, Valentine’s Day can be fun and eventful, even for singles!Try some of the above-mentioned activities or maybe even all. You won’t be killing time on Valentine’s Day, rather you will be making it memorable.
This article is a part of our series on Valentines Day.