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20 Things to Do If You’re Single This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday we associate with singlehood. Many people might be under the impression they have to have a significant other to celebrate this holiday, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Whether you’re single by choice or circumstances, you can make sure February 14th isn’t just another day on the calendar. Here are 20 things you can do this Valentine’s Day.

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1. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Pamper yourself with a hot bath, face mask, and your favorite skincare routine at home. Light some candles and put on some relaxing music. Pamper yourself and remember how special you are—no matter what your relationship status is. Of course, you can also schedule a massage at a spa, too!

2. Movie Marathon

Choose your favorite movies or explore new ones. Make some popcorn and buy some yummy snacks. If you need ideas on what to watch this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the 10 Best Movies to Watch This Valentine’s Day.

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3. Cook a Special Meal

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Prepare a delicious meal for yourself. Experiment with new recipes or cook your favorite comfort food. If you don’t feel like cooking, you could always order your favorite meal and have it delivered to your house. Don’t let singleness stop you from going out and enjoying a nice meal in a restaurant, either!

4. Read a Book

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Some people are okay with singlehood, and others are not. If you’re in the second camp, that’s perfectly okay! Valentine’s Day might be a painful reminder of your relationship status. This Valentine’s Day, allow yourself to get lost in a good book. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, or a self-help book, reading can be a great way to spend the day.

5. Exercise

Go for a run, attend a yoga class, or try a new workout routine. Physical activity is a great mood booster. In fact, studies show that it eases both depression and anxiety. So, if you’re feeling sad and lonely this Valentine’s Day, put on your exercise shoes and get moving. We guarantee you’ll feel better afterward!

6. Explore a Hobby

Use the day to engage in a hobby you love or try something new, like painting, writing, or learning to play an instrument. If you’re feeling low or lonely, channel those feelings into a creative project or endeavor. You can occupy your mind and still have a memorable Valentine’s Day!

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7. Plan a Solo Adventure

Take a day trip to a nearby town, visit a museum, or go hiking. Exploring new places can be exciting and fun! A change of scenery will do you some good, and you can make fun memories that’ll last well beyond February 14th.

8. Attend a Social Event

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Check out local events or gatherings happening in your area. You might meet new people and make connections. And, if you want to find that special someone, maybe you’ll cross paths with them at a local event on Valentine’s Day! What could be more romantic?

9. Volunteer

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If you’re sad or lonely this Valentine’s Day, don’t wallow in self-pity. Instead, spend your day helping others. Volunteering is not only fulfilling but also a great way to make a positive impact in your community.

10. Host a Virtual Game Night

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If you have single friends or just friends who don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, connect with them online for a virtual game night. Play video games, board games, or trivia together. If you’re not into technology, no worries! Host an in-person game night instead.

11. Go Shopping for Yourself

If you love chocolate and cute teddy bears, there’s no law stating that you can’t buy them for yourself! Indulge in a little self-care and buy yourself some presents this Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to get too crazy. Just get at least one item that’ll make you happy and brighten your day.

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12. Watch a Comedy Show

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Laughter is a great way to lift your spirits. In fact, studies prove that laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts your mood, and can even diminish pain. Attend a live comedy show or watch your favorite comedians online.

13. Babysit

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If you have grandkids and are single, offer to babysit them on Valentine’s Day. Not only will you be allowing your child to go out for the holiday, but you can also spend time in the presence of your loved one and make precious memories together!

Spend the day appreciating art and culture. Many museums and galleries offer virtual tours if you can’t visit in person. Click HERE to check out our “Ultimate Guide to Free Museums, Concerts, and Events for Retirees”!

15. Journal

Reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Use this time to write about your day, set goals, or express gratitude. List the pros and cons of being single. Don’t be afraid to get honest and vulnerable. Truly delve into the reasons you’re both happy and sad this Valentine’s Day. Of course, you can journal about happy things, too!

16. Bake Cookies

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If you don’t have any Valentine’s Day plans this year, then bake some cookies! You can do simple sugar cookies or the perennial favorite, chocolate chip cookies. You can even make Valentine’s Day cookies, like this recipe from Sally’s Baking Recipes!

17. Buy Yourself Flowers

As Miley Cyrus famously sang: “I can buy myself flowers.” This Valentine’s Day, if you want flowers, don’t wait for someone else to give them to you! Go to the store and pick up flowers yourself. Or call a florist and have a bouquet custom-made with all your favorite flowers. Maybe it won’t be as special as someone else buying flowers for you, but a nice bouquet is sure to lift your spirits.

18. Create a Playlist and Have a Dance Party for One

Dancing is good for the soul! If you’re feeling down this February 14th, then make a playlist of all your favorite songs and start dancing. If you have mobility issues, you can still enjoy your playlist and sing along to all your favorite tunes.

19. Host a Potluck Dinner

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If you have single friends, invite them over for a potluck dinner. Everyone can contribute a dish, and you can enjoy good food and company. It’s hard to lament your singlehood when you’re having fun with great friends!

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20. Do a Puzzle

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Engaging in puzzles can be a relaxing experience. It allows your mind to focus on a single task, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. You can even make puzzles a social activity! Working on a puzzle with friends or family builds teamwork, communication, and a sense of shared accomplishment. So, if you want to have fun this Valentine’s Day, consider completing a puzzle.

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Don’t let this Valentine’s Day pass you by without commemorating it! Make it a fun, memorable day. Being single isn’t a crime or a life sentence. You can still live a rich, fulfilling life, whether you’re alone, in a relationship, or married. It’s all what you make of it! Still looking for more great articles like this one? Then make sure you check out these before you go:

Originally published January 25, 2024

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