Valentine’s Day can sometimes feel like a double edged sword. On the one hand, everyone can get behind a day dedicated to cute cards, loads of chocolate, and pink and red hearts. However, it’s hard to ignore that Valentine’s Day is pretty much meant for cute little kids and couples. But if you’re feeling a bit lonely this Valentine’s Day, have no fear. We’ve got you covered with 7 ways to cure loneliness on Valentine’s Day.
- Treat Yo’ Self
Bummed because flowers are for couples? Well, we’ve got news for you! Flowers, chocolates, cute pajamas, cards, and nights out to a fancy restaurant aren’t reserved on February 14 only for those in love. If you want it, go get it. Treat yo’ self like you’re your own Valentine.
- Group Together
It may seem like all your friends are with their partners, but there’s a good chance that you’ve got a friend or two feeling the single crush, too. Get them together and plan an evening out. Take over that hip new restaurant off campus or reserve a room in the student union for a movie marathon night.
- Make It About Love
In addition to your friends, you could always spend Valentine’s with those you love — your family. If you’ve got the free time and some cash to travel, make a quick trip home to spend Valentine’s Day with mom and dad. Or, think of those who may also feel lonely like a grandparent or older aunt and uncle. They too would love a night out or just a surprise visit from someone like you.
- Ignore It Altogether
February 14 can just be another day. Skip the red. Avoid romantic movies. And eat non-heart shaped chocolates. While it’s tough to just forget it, try to put a positive spin on it all by going about your business as usual. A change of mindset, even when difficult, can pull you through. (That, or just count down the hours until Valentine’s Day candy goes on sale.)
- Volunteer Your Time
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to give back to your community. Check your Student Affairs offices for ideas on how you can make a difference or if they have any ongoing projects you can join. Some ideas include working a Valentine’s Day dance at a senior community, snuggling with animals at a shelter, or crafting with an after school program.
- Embrace Being Single
Valentine’s Day can really paint singles in a negative light, but the truth is that being single has some mighty big pros. For example, you won’t have to struggle to get reservations to that overpriced restaurant or spend a fortune on a bouquet of flowers for someone else. Write your single self a love letter or a thank you note. You deserve it.
- Find a Singles Event
However, if your real desire is to get coupled up, Valentine’s Day may be a great opportunity to both cure loneliness and find a connection. Many colleges plan singles events such as mixers or speed dating. Put yourself out there and see where it gets you!