Valentine's Day is here and is love in the air? Nope, its balloons! Everywhere you look you'll see Mushy couples, sappy commercials, and gaudy decorations. But there is a certain group of people whose reaction to all this red is similar to that of a bull. The singles! This is by far the most dreaded time of the year for all the single people out there. The way Valentine's Day is portrayed making you wonder whether or not you exist on Valentine's Day? But all the hearts and flowers and schemes for two are a consumeristic conspiracy- don't believe the hype. Who needs a Valentine anyway?
There are 3 ways for you to go about with this. First, you could forget the whole thing exists and carry on like it was any other day. But that's hard to do when even the calendar is telling you it's time to be romantic. Second, you could mope around all day, wallowing in self-pity. But why do that when you can make the most of being single at this unfortunate time.
So what if you’re not getting engaged anytime soon, here are 7 ways to make your Valentine’s Day more engaging.
The constant oversharing getting on your nerves? Take a Digital Detox
Around this time it feels like every ad in the newspaper, every commercial on the TV, every song on the radio has been designed specifically to rub your single life in your face. Then there are the social media couples. Someone seriously needs to let them know that no one wants to hear their awkward love stories on social media. But until that martyr is born to take a break and invest your time in something healthier.
Who cares about real life when you have Netflix?
Movies are the answer to just about everything right now, and romantic comedies are for everyone. If you're a hopeless romantic, there's your chance to escape and pretend you're someone else. Who needs a Valentine when you have celebrity crushes? But if you're someone that stays clear of all the hassle that comes with anything even remotely close to romance, watch it anyways. At least you'll feel better knowing that you're not dealing with any of that in real life.
If you can’t be happy at least you can be drunk- Hit the Bar
They say alcohol is the liquid version of Photoshop. So head to a bar with your friends and drink away your troubles. Who knows maybe that's where Cupid will strike. Bear in mind that you could end up drunk-dialing your ex, or worse professing your undying love to your crush who is probably on a date right now. If you end up doing either of these things then May the odds be ever in your favor.
Who needs someone else to buy them gifts? Not You! Go Shopping
Being single has direct monetary benefits. With no expensive dates to plan and no extravagant gifts to purchase your savings should be the one thing, you have going on for yourself. Take full advantage of Valentine's Day sales and treat yourself to things that make you happy. Who needs a valentine anyway? Just try not to overdo this or you'll soon be feeling the pain from both, your single-life and your credit card bills.
They’re the safest people for your self-esteem - Spend Time With Your Family
Nothing can make you feel better about yourself than the love and support of your family. Who needs a Valentine when you can have a good time with your family? But your parents may have plans to celebrate by themselves and your sibling is probably in a relationship. No wonder this day makes you want to Valen-Die.
Stay in or get the hell away from here- Just Do Your Own Thing!
In a society that profits from you self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act. Just because everyone else needs a partner to validate themselves doesn't mean that you should feel pressurized to walk down the same path. Plan a solo trip, stay in your pajamas all day binge-watching your favorite series or just laze around- we're not judging because it's all about You. Forget V-day, Its ME Day.
Meeting in person is so last year - Get on Tinder
If what you really want is someone to spend Valentine's Day with, try Tinder. Going on a blind date might just be the thing for you. It's like a college full of undergraduates like you, and if things don't go well the chances that you'll ever see them again are pretty low. What have you got to lose?
If all else fails just sit tight, stay strong and remember that next day is February 15th.