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A Singleton’s Survival Guide on Valentine’s Day

Tis the day most of us singletons dread–the day Instagram and Facebook are covered in cheesy romantic posts, surprise proposals, and the adding of salt in our single wounds. Well, fear not, I’ve got your back! Whether you want to embrace the occasion or wallow in self-pity, here are 14 things you can do on Valentine’s Day. From a fellow single-pringle-and-ready-to-mingle, cheers to us!

  1. Secret Valentine

Grab a group of gal pals and play “Secret Valentine” (like Secret Santa, but actually secret this time), get some chocolates, make a card, and spread the love.

  1. Speed dating at the cat lounge

Score yourself a Valentine by heading to the Cat Lounge on the 10th of Feb for good ol’ speed dating. Hey, at least you know they’ll embrace the cat fanatic lifestyle, am I right? Check out their Facebook page for more info.

  1. Indulge in romantic movies, alone

Grab some popcorn, and settle in for a night that could either go one of two ways, either cry over the fact that you’re alone, or laugh at how cheesy and unrealistic the movies are. Either way, it’ll make for an interesting night.

  1. Take your gals out for some Frosé

It’s the trend that’s hit us hard this summer, and why not embrace it! Grab some friends and head down to one of the many bars around town serving up the gift from the heavens that is Frosé.

  1. Go clubbing or bar hopping

Club going up on a Tuesday? Even if it’s not, make sure you have your party shoes on to dance the night and embrace your singleness. You might even score yourself a date for next Valentine’s Day–and if not, there’s always Tequila!

  1. Sign up to Tinder

nightYou’ve kept the peer pressure at bay for so long, but maybe tonight is the night to find the Ashton Kutcher to your Mila Kunis? Even if you only give in for evening, there’s nothing wrong with swiping right a couple of times!

  1. Pamper yourself

Put on a facemask, light some candles, have a bubble bath and look after yourself. You can’t love anyone else before you love yourself right? If you want to take it to the extreme, get your nails done or book in a massage. You do you, boo.

  1. Look on Trademe for kitten listings

Now this may be a tad premature, but kittens are soooo cute! As long as you browse and don’t buy 1 million cats, you’re not doing anyone any harm. Plus, they’re so little, and have super long whiskers and omg.

  1. Buy yourself flowers

If you are stuck at work today and have to deal with the constant deliveries, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. No one has to know they’re from yourself! Just sign the card with “secret admirer” and no one will ever know.

  1. Throw an “I Hate Valentine’s Day” party

Be alternative and do it Valentine’s Day (film) style. Get your bitter single friends over, make some punch, get a piñata and have a fun, couple free night! Who knows who could turn up?

  1. Turn it into Bestie Appreciation Day

Pack a picnic, take a romantic stroll on the beach, go to the movies, or settle down for a movie night. Everything’s better with your bestie by your side, even Valentine’s Day.

  1. Grab some takeaways then Netflix and chill

The takeaways and Netflix selections are up to you, but you can’t disagree that together they aren’t a winning combo. The day will go so fast, that it’ll be 10pm and you’re already on season two, episode 15.

  1. Ban yourself from social media

Who wants to see that lovey-dovey stuff anyway? Turn your phone off, or put yourself on a 24-hour social media ban. You’ll realise how much time you spend on social media, and instead you may actually have to venture outside and do something!

  1. Embrace being single

If you can survive being single every other day of the year, surely this one won’t be any different. Today is the day to remember why being single is so great! (That wasn’t even sarcasm, I’m not bitter).

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Written by Emma Hopgood

Contributor. Emma is a Communications graduate from Auckland. She's the ultimate LUSH queen, is very punny and loves the occasional rosé. IG: @emmahopgood

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