In spite of your increasingly amazing online dating game, you鈥檙e finding yourself without an S.O. this Valentine鈥檚 Day. When the outside world feels exclusively populated by couples, we understand the temptation to spend February 14 hiding at home alone with a blood orange cocktail and a face mask, waiting for the romantic festivities to be over for another 364 days. If you choose to go that route, we hope you鈥檙e actually enjoying it and not just feeling down on yourself. But if being without a Valentine is bumming you out, we鈥檙e here to remind you that there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate the season 鈥 as a strong, independent lady! Read on for six Valentine鈥檚 Day highlights you can enjoy even when you鈥檙e flying solo.


1. You can go all out with Galentine鈥檚 Day celebrations. Leslie Knope (AKA Amy Poehler on Parks and Recreation) really got to the heart of Valentine鈥檚 Day when she coined the phrase 鈥Galentine鈥檚 Day.鈥 Thanks to her, we all have a reason to love a little harder on our lady friends each February, regardless of our relationship status. While partnered-ups pals may dabble in Galentine鈥檚 festivities, only the single ladies among us can truly devote ourselves to celebrating our BFFs with gals-only parties and brunches.

2. It鈥檚 the perfect excuse for crafting and creativity. Just because we鈥檝e outgrown the elementary school tradition of passing out cards to all of our classmates, it doesn鈥檛 mean we have to give up making platonic valentines! Your family and friends would be psyched to receive a homemade card expressing how much you care about them. A little crafting may be just what you need to stop stressing over being single, so if you鈥檝e been itching to get creative, there鈥檚 no better time to grab your supplies and start some DIY projects.


3. Four words: Valentine鈥檚 Day candy sales. Who said that you need a Valentine in order to benefit from February candy aisle clearances? As far as we know, there is no such rule. If you have a sweet tooth, now is a great time to stock up on your favorite treats at a great price. You don鈥檛 need an S.O. to buy you chocolates 鈥 plus, when you buy them yourself, you鈥檒l be sure to end up with something you actually like. (And you won鈥檛 have to share.)

4. The V-Day season is a great time for self love too. Even if you鈥檙e lacking a romantic partner right now, you can still take this time of year as an opportunity to show yourself a little extra affection. Treat yourself to a spa day, afternoon movie or new pair of shoes. Give yourself permission to spend the day doing only what makes you happy 鈥 even if that only takes you as far as your bed and a good binge of the latest Netflix additions or even some seasonally apropos romantic movies. Be kind to yourself 鈥 you deserve it.


5. It鈥檚 a great time to break out flirty (and thematic) fashion. February can feel a little dreary, and Valentine鈥檚 Day is a fun excuse for all of us to shake off the winter blues with some fun pops of color. Whether you鈥檙e going out to dinner with the girls on February 14 or simply looking for something cool to wear to the office, consider pulling out your favorite red or pink (or not red and pink) piece from the back of the closet and pairing it with some weather-appropriate layers. A little whimsy and accessorizing may boost your mood and shift your less-than-positive feelings about Valentine鈥檚 Day.

6. It feels good to celebrate love. The world can feel pretty stressful sometimes (we鈥檙e feeling particularly burned out over the last few months of political disagreements). While it may not be ideal to spend this holiday without romantic love, there鈥檚 probably still a lot of other kinds of love in your life 鈥 from big loves like friends and family to little ones like a kind gesture to a new neighbor or a thoughtful favor from a coworker. It can be good for your soul to simply soak in the sentimental vibes this Valentine鈥檚 Day 鈥 after all, who couldn鈥檛 use a little extra love?

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