7 Ways to Cure Loneliness on Valentine’s Day

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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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.)

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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!

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget

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The 21st-century culture has turned almost every holiday into a materialistic phenomenon. Christmas has completely lost its family spirit, and Valentine’s day has lost its focus on love and turned to the day of getting expensive gifts. To love and to be loved are two most important and most beautiful things, and love is supposed to be shown every single day, not just on holidays, and giving gifts should be about showing affection and adding that special touch of yours. It’s about showing your individuality and your emotions – not the size of your wallet.

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Here’s the list of super cool personalized gifts which will definitely put a smile on the face of your loved one.

Make a cute montage

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If you are creative and in the same time good with computers, here’s the idea: Take all pictures of you two, every cute message screenshot you have, all the memories you can find and sort them in the order. Find your songs and make one adorable long slideshow/presentation which will symbolize your story that is still developing. Put it on a disc or a USB and watch it together with your partner. Just a small warning: there will definitely be tears. Trust me.

Romantic scrapbook

Basically, this is similar to montage, except that this one is on paper, and it will cost you a little bit because you will have to print out a lot of photos. After you’ve printed them out, glue them in the album and write a bunch of personal messages or memories under. A perfect gift which will last a lifetime.

Write a poem

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Wake your inner Jacques Prevert and put all your feelings on a paper. All that is left is to somehow make it all rhyme and fit and you are good to go.

Something quirky

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Getting something unusual but attractive is a surefire way to make someone smile. So, if your partner doesn’t like to follow patterns, fun and unusual quirky gifts are your best friends. You know, something like a silver elephant ring holder, pet tent, weirdly shaped jewelry box etc. If your partner’s not into material things, the best way to their heart is through their stomach. Send them a Valentine’s gift basket filled with treats like heart shaped cookies or pink cupcakes.

A dinner under the stars

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If you live in a building, there’s nothing more romantic than setting a dinner table on the roof. You know, like they do in movies and TV shows. Of course, if you live in a country where is super cold during this holiday, then you should probably set it inside. Consider hiring a butler, which will make everything easier for you and much more romantic.

Local tourists

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It may seem crazy, but believe it or not, there are many New Yorkers who haven’t seen the Statue of Liberty, and many Sydneysiders who haven’t seen the Opera House. Now, if you really think about it, you will realize that you probably never visited tourist sites in your town. This could be a fun adventure for you two.

Of course, there is a catch, though – you have to stay in a hotel, hostel or a guest house, after all, you are a pair of tourists today. Make sure that you visit your local tourism office where you will get city tourism passes. With them, you will see a lot of attractions for smaller prices, or even free. The city is waiting, honey!

Get them a dog or a cat

If your partner is an animal lover, the best gift you can give is an animal. That is an excellent way to show your humanity since you can visit a local animal shelter and get a dog or a cat from there.

Spa day

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Are you two love birds a little bit on a hedonistic side? If you are, the best thing you can give to your partner is a spa day for you two. Many spas are offering special couple deals where the two of you can practically have an entire spa (with champagne, food, and massage included) all for yourselves. Take your bathing suits, your good mood and you’re good to go.

That would be it. I hope I helped you with my ideas. Do you have some more? Let me know in the comments.

P.S. Have a beautiful Valentine’s day.

The Perks of Being Single on Campus On Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is almost here. For many, that means buying a new dress, making reservations at a fancy restaurant, or planning heart themed decorations. But what happens when you’re a single college gal or guy on Valentine’s Day? The answer is: FUN! Valentine’s Day isn’t just for those with a romantic partner to share it with. In fact, you can take back this holiday for your own regardless of your relationship status. Here’s just 10 of the perks of being single on campus on Valentine’s Day.

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  1. Save Money

$100 for dinner? $20 for chocolate? $40 for a stuffed bear that will end up under a bed or stuffed in a closet? No way! Your best option as a single on Valentine’s Day is to save your cash for much more affordable (and tasty) takeout and dessert.

 

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  1. Treat Yo Self

Valentine’s Day can start a totally new tradition: a treat yo’ self tradition! Spend the day focusing on yourself rather than someone else. Take yourself out to a favorite action movie you’ve been dying to see or buy yourself a new outfit just because you can. No guilt on treat yo’ self days!

  1. Meet Someone New

If you’re looking, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to get set up. Many college campuses host singles events where you can meet your match. If not, ask your friends if they know of someone willing to go on a post-Valentine’s Day date. With love on their mind, they may know just the right person for you.

  1. No Expectations

While it may seem like a dream day, there’s a good chance that your roommate or BFF will return from their Valentine’s Day with a complaint that he didn’t do this or she didn’t do that. It’s because couples notoriously go over the top for the holiday leading to high expectations and broken hearts. You, however, get to avoid this awkward mess!

 

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  1. More Chocolate For You

Our favorite part of Valentine’s Day is, hands down, the treats! If you know a friend who loves to bake, ask them to save you a cupcake. Or, head to your cafeteria where they may be doing a themed dinner based around your favorite sweet treats.

  1. Practice Self-Love

Valentine’s Day is not just for celebrating a boyfriend or girlfriend, but also for loving yourself. As a single, write yourself a love letter outlining all your best qualities. Make a dream board that highlights how far you’ve come and where you’re going. At the end of the night, you’ll find yourself even more in love with you.

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  1. After Valentine’s Day Sale

Yes, we already talked about chocolate and treats, but it’s worth mentioning twice. Here’s a hint: while the rest of the world is sleeping in post-Valentine’s Day, head out on the 15th to your favorite candy store and stock up on candy hearts and chocolate boxes. They usually go on clearance post holiday!

  1. No One to Impress

Shaving legs, putting on makeup, getting dressed in a suit? Yuck! With no one to impress on Valentine’s Day, declare it a comfy clothing only day and rock the PJ pants and pull-over sweatshirts. Your couple friends will certainly be jealous of your relaxing, easy-going Valentine’s Day plans.

 

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6 Date Ideas for On-Campus Couples

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As a college student, romance may be hard to come by. But for on-campus couples, all it takes to plan an amazing date on or off campus is a little creativity. Here’s just six of our favorite date ideas sure to please any on-campus couple.

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  1. A Little Bit of Culture

One of the best parts of being a college student is experiencing new things, and sharing those moments with a loved one makes it all so much more exciting. Many campuses offer “fun” classes for cheap or even free that allow you to try something new. Our favorites are learning a new language (like one of the love languages), cooking a Valentine’s Day treat, or even tackling a beginning guitar class. If classes aren’t your thing, try venturing out of your normal “go-to” places for a change. Our favorite stop are the campus theaters or performing arts centers where you can catch a theater production, listen to some great bands (for cheap!), or hear world-class music.

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  1. Free Art

Most campuses house student and alumni art in art galleries or even museums that are open to the public. Check out your community calendar for premiers of new works or just stop on by for a romantic stroll. You don’t have to know about art or even be an art major to appreciate and discuss the meaning behind pictures. Who knows? You may even find a new favorite artist or see someone’s work before they become the next Leonardo da Vinci!

  1. Stargazing

If you’re dating during the warmer months (or blessed to be studying somewhere where it’s always nice and warm), grab a blanket and head outdoors. Find a clear spot on the quad or off the beaten path where lights are their dimmest. Bring along a picnic dinner along with some tasty drinks, and enjoy nature at its absolute best. Stargazing can be incredibly romantic and a great icebreaker for a first or second date. If you are not the outdoorsy type, see if your campus has a planetarium or a telescope spot that anyone can enjoy.

  1. Sharing the Pride

The winter months are prime basketball season! You and your date will love cheering on your home team with the rest of your friends and alumni. To make it even more romantic, plan a silly dinner of stadium favorites like nachos and popcorn or tailgate together by face painting or making hilarious signs. Get there early to watch pre-game events and stay late to party it up when your time wins!

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  1. Treasure and Scavenger Hunts

Want to really impress? Make a date that ends with a prize. Set up clues around campus by using friends or familiar spots. Add riddles or even physical challenges to keep things interesting. At the last stop, be waiting there for her/him with a surprise dinner in one of your favorite spots. They’ll love the challenge, especially if you incorporate moments from past dates or special memories. Want something less intensive? Try geocaching! It’s a free virtual scavenger hunt you can download on your phone or GPS device. Many colleges have several hidden geocaches right on campus that you can search for using coordinates and clues.

  1. Spreading the Love

Who says you have to spend your time doing something traditional? For your next date, plan to spend it sharing and caring for others. Some of the most memorable dates are when you work together to be in the service of others. Volunteer at local soup kitchen or food banks, host an evening of games at a senior citizens center, or take it outdoors where you can help keep a local river or nature preserve clean. The adrenaline rush of knowing you did something good together will keep this date idea fresh!

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10 Questions to Ask Before Breaking (or Making) Up

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After dealing with the stress of a long holiday break away (or even together), it’s normal to spend the late winter months reevaluating a relationship. Sometimes, it’s best to take some time to consider your campus relationship. As Valentine’s Day approaches, hit the pause button and evaluate whether you should break up or make up with these ten tips.

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  1. Do I spend more time happy or sad?

Here’s a test you can do in one day. Head out to a museum, event, or just a day spent alone together. In your head (or even on a phone or paper), try to remember the times you felt negatively towards the person. Did it take up the entire day, and more importantly, are these normal feelings you have when you spend time with them?

  1. Is my life consumed by this person?

Though your college relationship is meaningful, it can also be draining and stressful. If you never get time to do things solo, it might be time to break the chain.

 

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  1. Does this person support my dreams?

You went to college to pursue a passion or a career. If your partner discourages you from attending events or clubs that interest you, consider it a sign.

  1. Do I have time for this person?

If you spend all your time apart, you can’t give them the attention they deserve. Try to find a schedule that works for you. If you’re unwilling to compromise, your decision is already made.

  1. How do my friends feel about him/her?

Sometimes, friends see your situation more clearly than you. Talk to your friends and have an honest discussion. Beware of airing too much dirty laundry, though. This can cause them to take your side too easily.

 

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  1. Have I done all that I can to make things better?

Have you tried listening to their wants and needs? When you fight, do you hear them or are you just screaming over them to get a word in? Before breaking up, sit down and listen to them tell you what they need to make this work without interrupting or getting defensive. It’s tough but so worth it.

  1. What would I tell my friend if he/she were in my shoes?

Write down your complaints in a journal and then read them back to yourself. What would you say to the person on the other side? Flipping the perspective can be very revealing.

 

  1. Have they crossed a line?

We all go into relationships knowing what would be big red flags. From cheating to dishonesty, lines are usually drawn before that first date. Think back to you pre-relationship and consider if they went over that point. If they are still in the gray area, there may be time to make up.

 

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  1. Is this enough for me?

Letting go of a long-term relationship can be scary. There are a whole ton of unknowns! But what’s really important is to think of your future. Would you be satisfied if this person was the one you spent the rest of your life with? Or do you spend your nights wondering if there might be someone better out there for you? Whichever question seems more applicable to your relationship should give you a good answer about whether this relationship really has long-term potential.

  1. What would happen if I forgave them?

When deciding if you should make up or break up, one of the most essential questions you have to ask is what happens next. Let’s say you stay, what would the next day look like? Would you be happy with their apology or would you be accepting it because you felt like you had to? The answer could be your make-up or break-up decision.

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3 Sweet Care Package Ideas for Valentine’s Across Campus

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Have you decided what to get that special someone? Whether the person is your college-aged child, a partner studying across the United States, or your new campus boyfriend or girlfriend, these special care packages are sure to make them fall head-over-heels. Here are our three favorite packages to make them think of you this February 14th.

  1. Be Mine

One of the hardest parts of a first Valentine’s Day together is determining what the other person expects of you. For college students on a budget, going all out with dozens of roses, a fancy dinner, or gifts galore may break the bank. That’s why we are in love with the adorable Be Mine care package!

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Not only will this be one of the best surprises they are sure to get this year, they will also love how thoughtfully sweet it is! There’s the standards he or she will expect, like candy conversation hearts, and treats they will eat up, like individual packs of popcorn and Cheetos. For those who want to say it from the heart, add a personalized message so they know who their admirer is. If you want to make it a special day, this care package sure knows how to do it!

  1. From the Heart Gift Tower

What’s better than one amazing gift? How about FOUR! For that someone who deserves the best, this From the Heart Gift Tower care package will win over even the hardest to impress. Maybe because it’s a wow moment from start to finish or maybe because you get the traditional and the fun — either way, you’ll make your special someone swoon this Valentine’s Day.

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Start with box number one. It’s a gourmet popcorn delight! Those who love sweet and salty will certainly dig the hidden surprise of chocolate truffles stuffed inside. In box number two, you’ve got luxury Lindor chocolates they’ll think are way too decadent (but will still love to devour). And in box number three, you’ll have them flipping over new favorite treats like crunchy chocolate wafer bites enough to share with a roommate or friend. Finally, end their surprise with our personal favorite — caramel covered chocolates! Now that’s one tower of gifts overflowing with love!

  1. Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed

One of our favorite traditions as kids was waking up on Valentine’s Day to a special treat. But once you’re in college, that treat is usually another day of cold cereal and long lines at the cafeteria. While you may not be able to be there in person to make the treat yourself, you can promise them a great start to their holiday with the Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed care package.

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Your Valentine will love making their own homemade heart shaped pancakes with our easy-to-make pre-made mix and real Canadian maple syrup. There’s even a side of fresh country ham and Maine blueberries for a little extra touch. But you can’t leave out the drinks! Add in a hot cup of Perfect Potful coffee, and you’ve got a morning that they will never forget!

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would round up ways to incorporate pinks + reds in your wardrobe, along with a ton of inspiration!

I’ll be honest. I’m not particularly a big fan of this holiday. In fact, I refer to it as GALentine’s Day because I love any excuse to wear a red dress and dress up for all my gal pals. Whether you’re spending the night on a date, going to see a romantic movie, or even spending it in the most casual setting, I hope these looks inspire you to be bold and try something new this year.

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And just to throw in last year’s Valentine’s Day look, for good measure! 😉

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P.S. feel free to follow along on my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board!

ALSO, there’s a $500 PayPal giveaway I’m hosting over on my blog…

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