Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and if you don’t have a significant other to spend it with, you might be tempted to hole yourself up in your room and overdose on Ben and Jerry’s while watching ‘Love Actually’.
Instead, check out these 14 things you can do to make your Valentine’s Day super duper awesome.
1. Remind Yourself of All the Unhealthy Relationships Around You.
Look around you. I bet you’re surrounded with all kinds of less-than-healthy relationships.
Your friend who lets their significant other walk all over them.
The friend who gets cheated on but loves their partner too much to leave them.
The couple that is obviously not a good match, but feels obligated to stay together.
All of the above are perfect examples of why you should drop to your knees and thank god you’re single.
When we’re not in a relationship we dream about that prince/princess that will sweep us off our feet and enhance every aspect of our world. But life is not a romance movie. It’s not someone else’s responsibility to make you feel better. You have to do that for yourself. Objectively observing other relationships can help remind you that being in a relationship isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
2. Take a Trip Somewhere.
Go hiking for the day. Take a weekend trip to the mountains. Visit a friend in the city. Go to Hawaii for a week.
There are too many beautiful places in this world to spend our days indoors. Go out and experience them.
3. Do some yoga
Not only does doing yoga improve your physical fitness, flexibility, and body awareness, but it will help also help relax your mind.
This is my favorite Youtube yoga video that’s feasible for yogi’s of all levels.
4. Flirt it up
Can’t do this when you’re in a relationship, now can you? Compliment someone’s smile, their cologne, or their purse.
5. Drunk dial your ex and try to get back together with them.
Wait a minute. That doesn’t seem right. Um…. Ignore this one.
6. Spend time with your family
Valentine’s Day is about love, and who is supposed to love you more than your own family??
Don’t forget: our loved ones won’t be here forever! Sending them a card, or calling them up to remind them how much you love them is a really beautiful gesture, and probably not one that should be limited to one day in February.
7. Remind yourself of this:
This amazing, expansive, and awe inspiring world isn’t meant for you to be someone’s lap dog; it’s meant for you to discover and treasure it!
8. Light something on fire.
It could be legal documents, photos of an ex, homework, or even pokemon cards . It doesn’t matter. I don’t know why, but sometimes lighting things on fire brings you inexplicable happiness. Just make sure you’re abiding by all local, state, and federal fire codes and regulations.
‘We’re all gonna die’ is not responsible for any legal consequences resulting from engaging in arson.
9. See how many conversation hearts you can stick up your nose.
My record is 34. Then, I sneezed. Needless to say, there was definitely love in the air after that (BA-doom Chhhhhhhh)
10. Watch a documentary about North Korea
Where else in the world can you find 25 million people who have been held captive by their own government, brainwashed into believing all kinds of poppycock (including that their country wins the world cup every year, that their leader is a demi-god, and that they live in a paradise), and where people are sent to prison camps for life for just being related to someone the regime believes is a wrongdoer or wrong-thinker.
This one is pretty sweet.
11. Plant a tree
Many people don’t know that February 14th is also the birthday of Johnny Appleseed.
Please don’t google that.
OK, so while it may or may not be his birthday, it is a beautiful act to plant something and give it life.
12. Make a not-sappy playlist.
We are the architects of our own reality.
Wanna feel sad and pensive? Make a playlist with Death Cab for Cutie and My Chemical Romance.
Wanna feel inspired and energetic? Then listen to songs that make you feel that way.
Create an awesome playlist, and then do number #13.
13. Have a dance party
We were born to move and groove to the music. Put on some rockin’ tunes, shake that money maker and dance like nobody’s watching (even if you decide to bust a move in the produce section of the grocery store, and everybody IS watching.
14. Go to Brazil
At least that’s what I’ll be doing. For 9 months I will be living in the state of Acre, one of the most remote places in the beautiful home of carnaval, capoeira, and the girl from Ipanema.
Ironically enough, my plan to go to Brazil was the original reason that ended my previous relationship and left me single this Valentine’s Day. But I won’t mope. I can’t mope. There are too many amazing things to do, and not one reason to pity myself. Being single is awesome!
So, what are you gonna do this Valentine’s Day?? Any suggestions to add to the list?