No one wants to be single on Valentine’s Day, even if you don’t think about it the rest of the year. Whether you’re happy to be single, fresh off a breakup, or looking forward to the next relationship and it being “the one,” if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, it’s not easy. The mass market obsession with Valentine’s Day in January and February can make going to the stores difficult. You’re seeing red, there are hearts everywhere, and the restaurants keep asking you if you want to make a reservation for the day. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, it’s going to be especially date heavy. If you’re single this Valentine’s Day, here are some ideas to make your day enjoyable without requiring you to tolerate PDA-heavy couples (or become a grinch about it) or remind you of someone that broke your heart. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with being single, but it does probably mean you don’t want to spend your Friday evening at the hottest date spot in town. 

Plan some time with friends

You don’t have to be alone on Valentine’s Day just because you don’t have a significant other. Make plans with friends who aren’t in relationships or who won’t be with their SO that day (LDRs, for example) and have fun! Plan a movie night at home, a potluck, or something fun to do together. Don’t make it about ‘single-hood’ either. Make it about making time for each other. My friends and I love to get a few bottles of wine, put in a good movie, and forget about the rest of the world. 

Avoid restaurants and order in

Every restaurant in town is going to be full of couples on Friday the 14th, so avoid them at all costs if you can. It’s not even about avoiding seeing couples, it’s about avoiding the hassle. Try cooking at home, or order in from somewhere that isn’t swamped with couples. You can even place orders ahead of time at some nicer restaurants and pick up a to-go order.

Take in a show or movie

I love to do something where it’s okay to be alone, but I’m still out and about. Head to the theatre and see a play or musical, or take in a movie. You can enjoy culture and the world around you, but it’s not awkward when you don’t have a date because no one spends the whole evening talking. Plan ahead and you can probably get a great deal too.

Hit the gym

Okay, hear me out here. Exercise releases endorphins…and endorphins make us happy. Plus, no one else will be there. It’s a win-win. Put on your favorite workout gear and hit the gym. Break a sweat, get some endorphins flowing, and you’ll forget about it being anything but just another day. 

Read a good book

Why not have a quiet night and take in a good book? Curl up with a cup of tea and a good novel. You are set for a night of cheap entertainment and it will help you keep up with your resolution to read more.

Get out of town

Why not use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to get out of town? Visit a friend, family, or try a new location! Take a weekend vacation and take some time off. This is a great way to reconnect with people you haven’t seen in awhile or try out a new locale near you without committing to too much hotel time. Get an AirBnB, put on some good shoes, and get some walking in.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member