Slayin' Valentine's Day When You're Single

STORY BY: JODY JOHNSON

Were you lucky enough to snatch someone for “cuffing season?” How about having a relationship last enough for this oh, so special day?

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Yes, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day. The commercialization of the celebration of love – wait, the celebration of being together in love. But, what about us single people? We deserve to celebrate love. We may not be in a passionate love affair or sending cute texts to our bae but damn it, we have a type of love that can’t be touched.

SELF-LOVE. How are you going to love someone else, if you can’t love your damn self?

Here’s seven lucky tips on how to be single and fabulous on Valentine’s Day:

1. Enjoy a nice dinner

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Everyone has to eat, so what’s stopping you from going to a nice restaurant and eating alone. Nothing should stop you from buying a delicious meal to enjoy yourself. If people judge you for eating alone, you eat that meal with pride, and don’t pay attention to other people’s insecurities. You can also invite your single friends, if you have any, and split a bottle of wine and laugh all your troubles away.

2. Go to a movie theater

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Go to the theaters and watch that movie you’ve been wanting to see. Oh, and those couples who are cuddled up, don’t worry about them unless their lip locking disrupts your view or if they’re getting a little freaky in the seats around you. I highly recommend going to the theaters where they have the reclining seats so you can fully relax. Drink some wine, order delicious treats, sit back and enjoy the show.

3. Binge watch your favorite movies/TV shows

You can do this alone or invite your best friends. Gather your Watchlist on Hulu or Netflix and press play. Stock up on snacks and drinks and enjoy being alone or with friends. Please, try to not binge watch anything that’s going to make you cry your heart out. Go for comedy!

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Highly Recommended Movies: Girls Trip, The Hangover, Bridesmaids, Wedding Crashers, American Pie, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Highly Recommended TV Shows: The Office, Parks & Recreation, Friends, Living Single, One Day at a Time (2017 revival), Sex and the City

4. Drink and Dance the Night Away

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Dress to impress (no one but yourself, duh), grab your single friends and enjoy the nightlife. Dance like there’s no tomorrow (if you can’t dance, who cares, just live it up and enjoy life). Drink enough to get a little buzzed, but please, don’t get wasted. No one has time to deal with your emotional drunk self. This is the time to celebrate life and your singleness.

Tip: Being single at a bar/club has lots of perks. Use your looks to get free drinks, maybe even free cover (Trust me, it’s worked for me). Flirt with whoever with no worries, just as long as they aren’t wearing a ring. I’m saving you from a lot of drama here, so listen to my advice.

5. Spa Day Relaxation

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It’s perfectly fine to pamper yourself. “Ladies, get your hair done and your nails did.” Indulge in a nice, deep massage. Get your eyebrows on fleek by waxing or threading. Guys can also take part in the grooming process too; no one likes a sloppy man. Groom yourself, and feel good about yourself.  

6. Shopping Spree

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Go and splurge on new clothes and freshen up your wardrobe. Buy those new shoes you’ve been eyeing. Don’t forget to accessorize too! A new outfit can make you feel like a million bucks. Maybe you’ll find yourself attracting some new attention; like that guy or girl you’ve been crushing on, so go and stunt on these basics and slay!

7. Have a One Night Stand

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It’s the 21st century and everyone has needs. Who says you can’t play around a little with no strings attached? Log onto a “dating” app or hit up your friend with benefits and relish in a night of sin. I repeat, NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Walk of shame? Ha, walk that shit like a boss! Wear last night’s clothes with confidence and own the fact that you have a right to have sex with whoever you want, without developing feelings.

Tip: Only partake in this activity if you can truly separate feelings from sex. Not for the faint of heart.

If you can’t go through with any of these activities, there’s always your right hand.

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