Let's face it. Valentine’s Day can be rough.
If you are lucky enough to have a boyfriend or hubby, he could still buy the wrong flowers or take you to a blah restaurant. This Valentine’s Day is particularly cruel on single women. Relationship joy and budding romances are thrown at us all over the place. We all appreciate a good love story but sometimes enough is enough!
I blame Sleepless in Seattle for giving me overly romantic expectations about true love and Channing Tatum for giving any man who approaches me an unattainable level of perfection to live up to. However, there is hope! Here are some fantastic ways to help you survive the most romantic day of the year other than devouring an entire pint of ice cream while sobbing through multiple viewings of The Notebook.
Treat Yourself To A Manicure
Go pamper yourself and get your nails done at your favorite beauty salon. Rebel and paint your nails black! Or, if despite your single status you still consider yourself a hopeless romantic, choose one of the zillion shades of pink. A fabulous plus - manicurists double as fantastic therapists.
Indulge In Retail Therapy
Kate Moss coined the phrase, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Kate lied. Nothings feels as good as a new pair of shoes! While your pant size might go up and relationships may come and go, your shoe size is a pretty safe bet to stay stable. There’s something about walking around and channeling your inner Meryl Streep from The Devil Wears Prada in a new pair of stilettos that is so empowering. With the right pair of shoes, you can look and feel ready to squash all competition vying for Ryan Gosling’s heart…and abs.
Host A "No Boys Allowed" Party
Being alone on Valentine’s Day is the worst. If you don’t feel quite up to going out or are questioning your emotional stability, call up your best girl friends and host a single ladies sleepover! Make the dress code be comfy casual. Burn the momentos you've been stashing in a shoebox under your bed from your last relationship, throw darts at photos of your exes, or prank call the boys you've been Facebook stalking. Sit in a circle on the floor and pass around the “bashing” stick of cookie dough as you swap your funniest dating stories. Have your girls do whatever it takes to refrain you from calling up Mr. Wrong and instead indulge in fun that is so right.
Hit The Town And Celebrate That Single Status
What better day to get back in the game than Valentine’s Day? Put on your luckiest dress and hottest pair of heels and go out to celebrate your single-ness! If you’re feeling particularly happy after your first margarita and have got enough money in your bank account, buy everyone a round of drinks at a bar! You’ll make a bunch of friends fast and maybe even make a love connection.
Make A List And Go Grocery Shopping
Scour the meat department at your local Whole Foods. Big tip - go after 6 p.m. We've heard it’s "the spot" single men love to go pick up dinner-for-one from after their post-work gym sessions. We fully believe your Prince Charming is out there, but he’s not going to find you if you are curled up in bed under a layer of tissues and chocolate bar wrappers.
Harvest Your Emotions And Create Something
If your manicurist is unavailable to squeeze you in for a therapy session and all your girl friends have romantic dinners for two planned with their boos, grab a piece of paper and write your feelings on the most romantic day of the year down. Write. Paint. In the words of Madonna,
"Express yourself." If you aren’t the next William Shakespeare or E.L. James, consider caving in and making that online dating account you’ve been putting off. After all, studies show one in five new relationships begin online. You could be next!
Whatever you do, do not let being single on Valentine’s Day get you down. If all else fails, make a playlist of classic female-empowerment songs from Queen Bey aka Beyoncé. I guarantee after listening to "Independent Women" and "Single Ladies" for the zillionth time you will be well on your way to feeling as fantastic as you are. One day, fingers crossed, the right person will see all your fabulous ways - and killer dance moves.