It can get pretty hard to be a single woman on Valentine's Day. The romantic nature of the occasion is everywhere - in shop windows, online, on television...it's impossible to escape the message that Valentine's Day is for couples.
But you can't just stay indoors for a week and close all the blinds. So what can you do? Here are some suggestions for you single women out there: the single woman's guide to surviving Valentine's Day.
You don't have to be a "victim" of Valentine's Day hype; don't let it make you miserable. Instead, claim the holiday and make it your own! Here are some ideas for making that happen.
You get the picture - the point is to set up an annual Valentine's tradition that will help you actually look forward to the holiday rather than dread it.
Give to Others
Instead of feeling down that you're not on the receiving end of a significant other's Valentine affections, why not give instead? Think outside the box - what other single women are out there who might be lonely? A senior citizen living nearby? someone in your own family? a friend? Remember that you're not the only one who doesn't have a significant other, and there are plenty of people outside your demographic who could use a pick-me-up on Valentine's Day. Bake cupcakes, send a card, make a cake, take someone out to dinner, buy someone flowers or chocolates...
Celebrate with Kids
Children love Valentine's Day, and they're certainly not in romantic relationships! If you have a child or children of your own, plan a fun day of crafts and sweet treats, or take a special day trip. Stay in and watch fun movies. If you're up to it, you can host a kids' party at your house. If you don't have children, send cards to relatives like nieces and nephews, or hold a Valentine's party.
Valentine's Day does not need to be a depressing day for single women. Get creative and enjoy the day on your terms!