Love Thyself: A Single Woman’s Guide to Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day traditions as we know them today trace their roots to the Middle Ages. Back then, young Roman women would put their names in an urn and the city’s bachelors would draw one name from it. They would become paired for a year and would most likely marry.
While the celebration has evolved since then, Valentine’s Day is still mostly targeted at couples. Romantic dinners, gifts and getaways are front and centre on this day. In fact, the UK spends almost half a billion pounds on Valentine’s Day gifts every year.
But, if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, don’t despair. You may not be receiving gifts from a special someone but think of it this way: neither will you be spending an exorbitant amount of money on gifts. Besides, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy yourself on Valentine’s Day even without a Valentine; loving yourself is just as important, if not more so. Just look at our suggestions below.
1. Celebrate Galentine’s Day instead
Have fellow single gal pals? You can spend February 14th together and celebrate Galentine’s Day instead! When you and your single friends spend the day together, you can celebrate your love and support for each other, strengthening the extremely important bond and sisterhood you can count on for life.
Start with a meetup over brunch, then have a mani-pedi session together. Go grocery shopping afterwards then crash at your place where you can prepare snacks together. Order champagne from an online delivery service, cue up romantic comedies on Netflix and binge-watch all through the night. Celebrate your singlehood together!
2. Pamper yourself
You’re a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need to be in a relationship to feel loved. You can simply love yourself by indulging in stress-relieving activities. Schedule that spa appointment you have always wanted to get. Wear something you feel the best in, put on makeup, and go have a fun evening out or at home by yourself. Soak in the tub with a good book and fantastic wine. Valentine’s Day is about love; so, love yourself a little extra on this day.
3. Write yourself a love note
When you’re single on Valentine’s, it’s easy to see the holiday as something that represents a loss or an inadequacy in your life. But from now on, instead of looking at being single as a failure, see it as something that has given you valuable lessons. This can be done best by writing yourself an affirming love letter. Look back on your past relationships and try to point out how you’ve grown because of them. Then, write about what you love about yourself. This is an effective exercise to look at life and love more positively.
4. Pass love forward
So, you’re single. That doesn’t mean you’re incapable of love. In fact, it’s just the opposite! You have lots of love to give and it doesn’t have to be given romantically. Pass love along on Valentine’s Day by donating to or volunteering at your preferred charities and organisations. If there’s a nearby hospital, you can volunteer to hand out teddy bears and chocolates to patients, especially to the children. Sharing love with other people can be one of the most fulfilling feelings in the world.
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