Thanks to some priest who was beheaded near Rome by the emperor Claudius II for helping couples wed and of course our capitalist culture, us singles can barely leave the house past January 2nd without creepy teddy bears and overpriced chocolate peering down at us from every store shelf reminding us just how alone we are. February 14th brings about moments of fear, self-doubt, and binge-eating.
Instead of trying to hide from the inevitable, this year embrace Valentine’s Day solo.
1. Netflix and chill alone
No need to worry about anyone interrupting your Making a Murderer binge watching session or eating your snacks.
2. Write a love letter…to yourself
You may need multiple pieces of paper.
3. Watch a non-romantic movie
We recommend Saw, Chuckie, or Insidious. Because the last thing you need is to watch a RomCom.
4. Take advantage of all the discounted candy the day after Valentine’s Day
75% off heart-shaped boxes of chocolate? I’ll take seven, please.
5. Throw a Galentine’s Day party
Spend the day with the Ann Perkins to your Leslie Knope, and treat yoself to a mani/pedi and nice bottle of wine.
6. Listen to a V-Day Playlist
Nothing will help you feel like an independent woman more than the All the Single Ladies Spotify playlist.
7. Spend the night with two men: Ben and Jerry
Who needs one man when you could have two?
8. Make an epic Snap Story
The only thing worse than being alone is people knowing that you’re alone. Make a snap story that tells them otherwise.
9. Be your own secret valentine
Send an elaborate gift to yourself at work from ‘A Secret Admirer’ and spend all day telling anyone who listens that you just can’t figure out who it is.
10. Make a Valentine’s Day resolution
Finally delete that one ex’s number and set higher standards for the future.
11. Take your best selfie and make a Tinder profile
There is still hope, so break out the duck lips and put yourself out there.
12. Drink your feelings
You buy your own drinks, you don’t need no man.
13. Kick back and relax in style
Throw on your comfiest sweats, and just feel bad for those who have to wear Spanx and heels tonight.
14. Remember you are awesome
…and you don’t need a man to reassure you of that.