Whether you’re single or in a relationship, deciding what to do for Valentine’s Day can come with a lot of unnecessary stress.
We say, relax! If the pressure to perform is too much and you’d rather save your romantic inclinations for other times of year, why not try one of these ways to celebrate yourself this Valentine’s Day?
And if you’re single on Valentine’s Day? Even better! We’ve got you covered with the best ideas and activities that are sure to stop any sorry-for-yourself thoughts in their tracks.
HOST AN ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY
If Jessica Biel can do it, so can we! Depending on just how resentful you are towards the occasion, you could include everything from a broken-heart piñata, to ‘love sucks’ signs hanging from every corner. Couples can come — you may find they’re not in the mood for a romantic shindig after all — but absolutely no lovey dovey stuff!
PAMPER YOURSELF AT THE SPA
Go for a pamper session that includes ALL the added extras. Bring your cozzie and hog the Jacuzzi and pool facilities; when offered a beverage, take two; and make use of the perfectly positioned loungers for an afternoon nap. We’re all for getting our money’s worth! And if you can’t get to the spa, bring the spa to you, with a DIY at-home spa day.
Dogs are a man’s best friend, or in our case, a woman’s. Puppies in particular have the power to put a huge smile on our faces no matter what mood we’re in. For a feel-good way to spend Valentine’s Day, volunteer at an animal shelter — it will occupy your mind and fill your heart with more joy than you thought possible!
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do? Now’s your chance! Whatever fear you choose to conquer, make sure it will get those serotonin levels (or happy hormones) skyrocketing. Whether it’s jumping off the Orlando Towers in Soweto, or facing your fear of heights and walking up the Moses Mabhida Stadium arch, we guarantee the last thing you’ll be thinking about is romance.
A HOT NIGHT IN
Don’t get too excited, we’re talking about staying in and watching your favourite hunk do his thing, in all the movies he’s been in. You can watch whatever you want, and drool as much as you like, all in your own awesome company. Let’s not forget you can eat your heart out, too, feasting on whatever snack you find most delicious, or whatever is closest. We ain’t judging.
We know what you’re going to say, but hear us out. Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for couples to buy each other ridiculously expensive gifts and bask in each other’s awesomeness. It’s a day about love. So you get to decide who you love most, and spend it with them!
PLAN A TRIP
We don’t mean actually go away on Valentine’s Day (you’ll probably encounter more couples on romantic weekends away than anyone could handle — not good), but rather spend the day planning a future trip — it’s fun to do and it’s bound to put you in a good mood no matter what day of the year it is.
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Whether you’re single or not, there’s no feeling quite like proving you’re better than someone at something. We suggest a games night where the women show the men that they’re the superior sex. Be it a game of 30 Seconds, Cards Against Humanity or Nintendo Wii, a night with some friendly competition is a fun way for everyone to spend Valentine’s Day.
GO TO A VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY
Now don’t be rocking up to a party uninvited, looking all awkward, expecting to lock eyes with a hottie in the corner. This isn’t a movie. We’re simply suggesting you keep an open mind if you’re invited to a Valentine’s Day party. Instead of brushing it off as something you’d rather die than do, look at it as a night where you get to put on your LBD and party with a bunch of like-minded people.
YOUR LOSS, MY GAIN
We’ve left this one to last because it’s a last resort. If you hate the idea of love and see Cupid as a fat baby hellbent on shaming you for the lack of intimacy in your life, spend the evening googling bad break-up stories, worst first dates, Valentine’s Day disasters, and lists of why it sucks to be in a relationship. It’s sure to leave you feeling mighty smug that you’re alone with no plans for the evening.