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Single Life: Valentine’s Day tips… From your secret admirer.

by Grace Seely

Single this Valentine’s Day? Are you, like many others wondering why you’ve not been struck by Cupid’s arrow? Or perhaps this is your first Valentine’s Day ‘alone’ and you’re wondering what on earth you are going to do. Rest assured, the 14th of February will not be the day that you get home from work, put on your pyjamas, tuck into a tub of Ben and Jerry’s and watch Bridget Jones. You will redefine it.

‘The beauty of friendship is that you can never break up’

Single life is best served with friends that are in the same boat. This Valentine’s Day, don’t spend your time scrolling through pictures of your ex or stalking their social media pages, praying that they are either still on the market or remain heartbroken over your departure from their life. Take advantage of all the other people around you who are dateless. Give them a call, go somewhere lively, perhaps have a few cocktails (or mocktails) and mingle with some singletons of the opposite sex (or same sex if that is what you are into).

‘The best things in life are free… or from Selfridges’

It is no secret, having a date on Valentine’s Day can be costly. First, there is the new outfit, then there’s the restaurant and finally… the present. Guess what? This year, you can go shopping and treat yourself to something that you have had your eye on for a while. No one knows you better than yourself, so go out and buy yourself something that will make you feel great, have heads turning and people saying ‘where did you get that from?’.

‘Look Good, Feel Good’

Happiness is at your fingertips with a mani-pedi at your favourite salon. Alternatively, treat yourself to a relaxing holistic massage to loosen up those knots from a hard day’s work. Or, you could finally get that haircut you’ve been putting off for months. It is no secret that when we take care of our exterior appearance, we start to feel better internally and emotional stress and heartbreak starts to feel less indefinite. There really is a light at the end of the tunnel, or that could be the attractive individual checking out the ‘new you’ on the commute home.

‘Acceptance is key’

If you have done all the above and your Valentine’s Day just still doesn’t cut it, please remember one thing – it can only get better and it really is okay not to be okay. Use the day as a marker to promise yourself that next year you will be in a better physical and emotional state, whether this be due to a new partner or simply that you have managed to start a new chapter.

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