Enjoying the Single Life on Valentine’s Day

Photo by Jess Cartwright

Ah, Valentine’s Day: the most romantic day of the year, for people who have significant others and who are in relationships. It’s a holiday that’s revered for its celebration of coupledom and known for making single people feel unhappy.

If you’re one of the people who isn’t in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, or you don’t have romantic Valentine’s Day plans, don’t worry! Valley is here to cheer you up with a few benefits of being single on this day.

You can cut out the stress of the holiday.

If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to worry about any of the stress that comes with it. You don’t have to freak over what to get a significant other, like almost every person in a relationship. You can completely avoid the frenzy of rapidly scrolling through Pinterest for last minute gift inspiration and can feel completely calm and relaxed instead.

You don’t have to fret about planning the perfect date night; instead, you now have the whole day to do whatever it is that your heart desires. You can go to the restaurant of your choosing, go to a party with your friends or stay in and watch movies. It’s all totally up to you!

In addition to cutting out the stress of Valentine’s Day by being single, you also have the added benefit of being able to save your money by not having to buy an extravagant gift or having to plan an extravagant evening.

You can unite with other singles.

It may seem as though no one else besides you is single on Valentine’s Day because everywhere you look, there are cute couples, but this holiday has a special talent of bringing singles together. You might ultimately end up meeting new people who are also single and become friends, depending on where you choose to spend your day.

The holiday also has a way of uniting all of the single people in your friend group. Since you’re not in a relationship, you can gather all of the single girls or guys in your group and have a Girls’ Night or Guys’ Night. You can devote the night of Valentine’s Day to being with your friends and enjoying your time together.

Whitney Ashead, a freshman, says “in the realm of being single on Valentine’s Day, I think it gives me a good opportunity to improve my friendships and give love to important people in my life, in a way that isn’t necessarily romantic.”

You can focus on yourself.

Last but certainly not least, being single on Valentine’s Day gives you the opportunity to pamper yourself and really enjoy the world and the people around you. You don’t have to worry about the stress that comes with a relationship, so you’re free to do practically anything you want. Do something fun and adventurous or just spend the day truly getting to know you.

As cliché as it sounds, you have to focus on your relationship with yourself and love yourself first. So don’t fret this Valentine’s Day. Instead, do something for yourself!