Five Ways Solo People Are Spending Valentine’s Day This Year

In our SoloTalk community, someone asked recently how others were spending Valentine’s Day this year. The answers were brilliant and varied, and I wanted to write them up.  Things are so different now to a few years ago. When I first started the Project, it would have been commonplace for lots of our followers to be really worried about being alone on Valentine’s Day. Now, it feels like as a community, we’re growing more confident in ourselves.

That being said, there can still sometimes be a tug when we it feels like lots of people around us are cosying up with a loved one. So here are a few alternative ways to spend the Valentine’s Day season.

1. Celebrate non-romantic relationships

The day before Valentine’s day has been nicknamed Galentine’s / Palentine’s Day in recent years – a day to celebrate friendships! There’s no reason the St Valentine’s season has to be exclusively about romantic love! So send a message to all your pals to tell them how much you appreciate them. Get in touch with people you haven’t spoken for a while. Invite your single friends over for dinner, or make friends with your new next door neighbour!

2. Treat yourself at home

If you’re feeling the need for a little indulgence, then make it happen for yourself. Buy yourself flowers, or chocolates or whatever suits your taste! Pamper yourself with some candles and a DIY spa kit, indulge in your favourite dessert – you could even make yourself dinner. Show yourself some love and appreciation – it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Even a bunch of daffodils can brighten up your day!

3. Take yourself out

Whether it’s comedies, thrillers or dramas, you could spend the day immersed in cinematic adventures. Matinee performances at the theatre are brilliant for those going solo. For something completely different, you could take a solo hike, visit a nearby park, or go for a drive somewhere scenic. If you don’t want to travel solo, then MeetUp groups are brilliant for meeting new people while doing something interesting together.

4. Creativity and Personal Development

Dedicate time to activities that nourish your mind, body and soul. This could include meditation, yoga, journaling, or simply taking a relaxing bath. You could choose to take some time to reflect on your life, values, and goals. Or set intentions for the future and make plans for how you want to grow and thrive in the coming year. Alternatively, you could channel your creativity into a DIY project, painting, writing, or crafting, enjoying the process and getting lost in the flow!

5. Do absolutely nothing!

There’s absolutely no reason to acknowledge Valentine’s day at all, and the conversation on our account suggested that many of you would be taking exactly this approach.

Whatever you decide to do, do it your way!

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