Solo survival on Valentine’s Day
Every Feb. 14, the air is inevitably filled with the song of love birds. For weeks, television commercials have been showing happy couples gifting jewelry, flowers, chocolate, romantic getaways, you name it. Even OtterBox.com gets into the spirit with special call outs to our Strength line of pink and white cases benefiting the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.
But as a single guy or gal, the occasion can be a bit frustrating. While your friends are out celebrating with their significant other, you’re stuck trying to find something to do to take your mind off of it. While there’s no way to completely avoid Valentine’s Day (unless you can sleep more than 24 straight hours), the following simple suggestions just might make your day a little brighter:
- It’s a Hallmark holiday – remember, Valentine’s Day is more or less a day for restaurants to be overbooked, flower and card sales to skyrocket and jewelers to break up the slower sales period between Christmas and…Christmas. Splurge a little and get yourself a gift you’ve been saving for.
- Throw a singles party – believe it or not, you’re not the only unattached person out there. And what better way to find a potential new match than with a party full of other singles?
- Celebrate the relationships you have – friends, parents, siblings, it doesn’t matter. Remember the people who are there for you through it all and get together for a fun evening out on the town sans relationship drama.
- Sign up for a new class at the gym – getting in shape gives you a better self-image, improves your health and can even be a catalyst for new relationships.
- Volunteer – while you may not be sharing love with a specific individual, spending time giving back to others takes the focus off of you and places it on improving peoples’ lives. Everyone wins.
If all of the above fail and you choose to be cynical this Valentine’s Day, remember this: Guys, you’re saving money being single and frugality isn’t a bad thing. And ladies, guys are jerks. After all, it’s not you, it’s me.