Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend. If you’re single, there’s a chance you have zero plans and consider it a day like any other. However, just because you’re not in a romantic relationship doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to recognize the love in your life — and realize the love that you deserve.
Introspection is important to understanding who you are and how you feel. Are you lonely or content being alone? Are your relationships with others fulfilling? How do you define love? How do you express and receive love? By answering these questions, you may discover something about yourself.
2. Treat Yourself
It’s okay to prioritize yourself, especially today. Practicing self-care involves more than your daily skincare routine. Go above and beyond for yourself and don’t feel guilty about it. Get your favorite food delivered, take a bubble bath and buy that thing you’ve been eyeing for a while. You’ve earned it.
3. Appreciate Others
Not all relationships are romantic. Acknowledge the people who care about you and support you every day. Call your family, and tell them that you love them. Spend time with friends (in a safe, socially distanced way). If you’re a giver, gift your loved ones homemade cupcakes and personalized Valentine’s Day cards. I’m sure they’ll love it.
4. Go Outside
Use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to get out of the house. Rekindle your love of nature by driving to a beach, or visiting a park if the weather permits. Go out for a night on the town somewhere with outdoor seating. If you’re in the Orlando area, you can find a list of local restaurants here.
5. Stay Inside
Then again, you can have just as much fun indoors. Host a virtual get-together with friends and video chat via Zoom — or FaceTime someone one-on-one. If you’re not in the mood for socializing, fear not! You can enjoy the night alone, cuddled up with a good book. We’d recommend something with romance for the occasion.
6. Feel the Love
This one’s for my hopeless romantics. Light some candles and dine solo. Rewatch your favorite rom-com, or watch an LGBTQ+ film you’ve never seen. Listen to a playlist of love songs to get in the mood (to cry). Just make sure to have tissues on hand. Remember, being single doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in romance.
7. Love Yourself
Valentine’s Day is not only an opportunity to admire the love we receive from others, but to cherish the love we give ourselves. At the end of the day, you will always have yourself. That’s why unconditional self-love is so essential. Loving yourself is a lifelong journey, and it’s never too late to start.
There are many reasons to love love and even more ways to celebrate it. Valentine’s Day is for everyone, regardless of relationship status.