In case you haven’t picked up on the “subtle” hints all around; here’s the message loud and clear: It’s almost Valentine’s Day.  And the thing about V-Day - whether you love it or hate it - you can’t ignore it .… it’s everywhere! But, what if you’re flying solo?

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So, February 14th, known as “Singles Awareness Day” or “National lonely hearts Day” for those of us in the single lane, right?  Actually, quite the opposite. Recent studies reveal that more of us are single than ever before. According to Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo, The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, people are choosing to live alone, and despite the best efforts of every romantic comedy ever made to convince us otherwise, many consider their single status “a mark of distinction, not a social failure.”

In fact, there’s a rom-com still to be documented and it goes like this: There’s a single person with many best friends – men and women, and the occasional lover, and a heap of crushes and he/she moves through life with no regrets and no cats. Happy mostly. Just like everyone else …

Okay, so what about the happy singletons among us, you know - those who don’t actually MIND being single on V-Day - shouldn’t the celebration have something for us as well? Definitely! V-Day isn’t exclusively for couples. February 14th is a day dedicated to loving your friends, family, and most importantly, yourself. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be your own secret admirer!

So pop the cork and celebrate a day of love!

We have a few ideas:

  • Get chocolate. Yes, the mouth-watering heart-shaped ones!
  • Send yourself flowers to your place of work. I mean, why not? You deserve it.
  • Take a day off of Instagram. If seeing other people’s #CoupleGoals pics is going to make you feel salty, be mindful of the scrolling.
  • Just make plans. Call someone who adores you and arrange an evening among single friends. Seriously, if you don’t make plans to do something, you’ll end up alone.
  • Sink into an evening of self-pampering. Allow the bathtub to become your sanctuary. Fill it with fizzy bombs or stress-busting essential oils. Apply a face mask and crack open a new novel. Wine, chocolates and candles may also need to get involved.
  • Treat yourself to a haircut, blowout, or massage. C’mon it’s Valentine’s!
  • Bake something delicious and give it away to a friend or neighbour. All in the spirit of love.
  • Do that thing your ex loved to complain about. Bask in the freedom without any snarky comments from the peanut gallery.
  • Make a confidence-boosting playlist. Skip the lovesick ballads and fill it with songs of liberation and empowerment.
  • Spend a little extra time at the gym. Endorphins work wonders and before you know it you’re hot and sweaty all by yourself!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Source: yourtango.com, allwomenstalk.com, sixseeds.patheos.com, lifehack.org, huffingtonpost.ca, elitedaily.com, readersdiges.ca, womanshealthmag.com, glamour.com, theguardian.com, wikihow.com, thoughtcatalog.com, bustle.com, popsugar.com, cosmopolitan.com, thedatereport.com, iol.co.za, marieclaire.com, mydomaine.com, healthshots.com, oprahmag.com, verywellmind.com, goodhousekeeping.com

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