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Tuesday, January 19

The Single Woman's Guide to Surviving Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is all about flowers and chocolates, romance and dates, and excitement galore.  You just made it through Christmas & New Years and now once again there is another holiday to face alone. It can get pretty hard to be a single woman on Valentine's Day.  It's impossible to escape the message that Valentine's Day is for couples.

But you can't just stay indoors for a week and close all the blinds. So what can you do? Well fear not my single friends, there are ways to survive Valentine’s Day and just maybe enjoy yourself.  

Here are some suggestions for you single women out there: the single woman's guide to surviving Valentine's Day.

1. Own It!
You don't have to be a "victim" of Valentine's Day hype; don't let it make you miserable. Instead, claim the holiday and make it your own! Here are some ideas for making that happen.

-Set up a massage or manicure on Valentine's Day. Make it an annual event.

-Declare Shoe Shopping Day on February 14, and spend the day shopping for shoes. Let yourself splurge on a special pair of heels or boots or bedroom slippers - whatever you like best.

-Make February 14tth a day when you buy yourself an accessory like a fancy hair clip, watch, necklace, bracelet, etc. 

-Take yourself out for dinner to a restaurant you've always wanted to go to, but never have. 

You get the picture - the point is to set up an annual Valentine's tradition that will help you actually look forward to the holiday rather than dread it. 

2. Give to Others
Instead of feeling down that you're not on the receiving end of a significant other's Valentine affections, why not give instead? Think outside the box - what other single women are out there who might be lonely? A senior citizen in the nursing home? someone in your own family? a friend? Remember that you're not the only one who doesn't have a significant other, and there are plenty of people outside your demographic who could use a pick-me-up on Valentine's Day. Bake cupcakes, send a card, make a cake, take someone out to dinner, buy someone flowers or candy...

3. Celebrate with Kids
Children love Valentine's Day, and they're certainly not in romantic relationships! If you have a child or children of your own, plan a fun day of crafts and sweet treats, or take a special day trip. Stay in and watch fun movies. If you're up to it, you can host a kids' party at your house. If you don't have children, send cards to relatives like nieces and nephews, or hold a Valentine's party at your local community center, church, or elsewhere.   

Whatever you do on Valentine’s Day, embrace it, have fun!  It does not need to be a depressing day for single women. Get creative and enjoy the holiday on your terms!

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