Valentine's Day is upon us once again, and there's no way of escaping it even in this pandemic. Is it necessary to celebrate it? Most likely, no. But it serves as an excellent reminder to treat the person most important to us and show them our love and affection.
If you're flying solo, don't fret. You can get behind the idea of 'self-love' (of course, you love yourself, you're awesome). We've rounded up some ways you can reclaim Valentine's Day and turn it into something you can still enjoy. Trust me, there's absolutely no reason for you to feel any kind of FOMO.
1. Treat yourself to a new sex toy.
You don't need a date to get lucky on V-Day. Take your pick of the best autoblow sex machines, and you can get hot and heavy.
2. Play solo.
What better way to show self-love? (See #1.) Masturbation releases endorphins that trigger positive sensations. It also releases sexual tension, boosts immunity, improves sleep, and relieves stress. Plus, it's lots of fun without the risk of pregnancy or STD.
3. Explore your options.
You have no one to check in with, so you're free to check out your options. You can get on dating sites, chat up the new cute girl at work, or ask for your (single) lovely neighbor's number. There are exciting times ahead.
4. Turn up the bromance.
Round up your closest guy friends (given they're available) for some bro-oriented activities. Attend an event together, like a hockey game or a car show. Or fix something, like your car or your bro's plumbing. Or just chill and talk about life and relationships over beer.
5. Binge-watch Netflix.
There are always exciting new shows or movies you can watch or old favorites you can rewatch. If you lose track of time, you can binge it all the way to the 15th.
6. Indulge yourself.
Open a bottle of wine. Get a new suit or buy new kicks. Retail therapy is almost always a good idea as long as you're not breaking the bank.
7. Take yourself out on a date.
Take yourself out to eat at your favorite resto. Sit at the bar and splurge on your favorite wine and dessert.
8. Set up a romantic date for your parents.
Cook them a romantic dinner or set them up with some romantic time out, like a reservation at their favorite resto or some romantic V-Day activity they can both enjoy.
9. Do something nice.
If you're the doting uncle, you can offer to babysit for a couple of hours as their parents go on a date. Or you can help at a homeless shelter, a children's hospital, or an animal shelter. You'll find that giving rather than receiving can be very rewarding.
10. Go on a trip.
Have a V-Day weekend getaway with a friend or family member or just by yourself. Or you can go on a day trip to explore a new neighborhood. Just get up and get out!
11. Get yourself chocolates.
Get yourself your favorite chocolates and enjoy them heartily.
12. Sweat it out.
Working out releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers and bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being. So get your sweat on by doing your favorite exercises, biking, or taking a hike.
13. Laugh it up.
Laughter can reduce stress and enhance your mood. Enjoy some stand-up comedy or have a funny movie marathon. Laugh to your heart's content!
14. Get in touch with your loved ones.
Send heartfelt Valentine greetings to all the people you love in your life. Or you can take this opportunity to catch up with someone you miss. You can reach out to them, no matter the distance, thanks to technology.
15. Find a new love.
Since Valentine's Day is all about love, you can make time for something you love but don't always have the time for. Whether it's learning a new skill like playing an instrument or DIY craft, taking on a new hobby, practicing a sport, or learning a new language, focus your attention on something other than romance.
16. Pamper yourself.
Have the ultimate self-care night. Treat yourself to a new haircut and full-body massage. You deserve to be spoiled every once in a while.
Chill, relax, catch up on your sleep. You're better able to deal with the stresses of life when you're well-rested. You owe yourself that favor.
18. Love yourself.
Cut yourself some slack. Do whatever makes you happy and fulfilled.
Spending Valentine's Day solo can be a bummer, but only if you allow it to be. Whether flying solo or with a plus one, remember that you deserve to be happy, and you have the power to make this a joyful occasion. Just give it a little effort and keep your sense of humor!