by NIKITA SINGH
It’s that time of the year again. Valentine’s Day is upon us, which means all sorts of headaches for people without a Valentine. The blues that come with being single on Valentine’s Day are not so much because of the day or what it stands for, but more about the atmosphere people create around us.
Special sections begin to pop up in stores, all sorts of ads trying to sell you Valentine-y stuff on the internet, status messages from your Facebook friends—it’s an epidemic! Where does it end? Even though it might feel like torture, it really isn’t the end of the world. It’s just one day, and instead of being sad, you can choose to do things that make you happy!
If you feel lonely this Valentine’s, here are some ideas to make you feel better. Or if the whole Valentine spirit annoys you and you’re looking for ways to distract yourself, this article is for you too!
While it might be the most compelling instinct, you must fight it. Binge watching your favourite shows on Netflix is for when you actually want to. If you feel lonely or sad on Valentine’s Day (or anticipate feeling that way) plan ahead of time. Make solid plans with friends or family and keep them!
If what’s getting you down isn’t the day itself, but the annoying coworkers who are overexcited about it, put earphones on. Tune them out, keep your head down, focus on your work—it’s acceptable.
What always works for me, is cleaning. If you’re cooler than me, you may want to go for reorganizing or redecorating. Move things around, re-arrange them, DIY something, learn something new from a YouTube tutorial—all of these are constructive, immersive activities that won’t only keep you occupied, but will also make you feel productive.
That book everyone’s been talking about? That review you read the other day and made a mental note to read the book? Buy it. Read it. Just spending time browsing in a bookstore might help, but if you don’t want to step out with all the Valentine’s Day spirit floating around, order a book/e-book online.
Hit the gym
I know, it’s a cliché. But a cliché is a cliché for a reason. Working out, even for twenty to thirty minutes, will get your endorphins flowing, making you feel productive, which always feels good. It’s possibly the best place to invest your energies. Don’t over-do it though, especially if you’re not in the habit of working out, because those sore muscles are only going to make you feel worse.
Buy a cute bra
All these lingerie brands have sales leading up to Valentine’s Day, and some of these items can be a steal. Go try on some cute bras, and buy them for real cheap. I don’t understand how that won’t make a girl feel better!
Re-watch kids’ movies
Remember how obsessed you were with Harry Potter? How about Home Alone? Re-watch them. That’ll lighten things up. And because kids’ movies stay away from the romantic, gooey stuff, you know exactly what you’re getting into—low risk, high return.
Call a grandparent
It’ll make their day.
Nikita Singh’s book, Letters to My Ex, releases in bookstores on 14 February 2018. Order your copy today!