How to make the most of valentine’s day when you’re single

Here we go again. The day most singles scoff at and/or roll their eyes at, and some people in a committed relationship dread. February 14, also known as Valentine’s day or Lover’s day. The day all the girls in your office receive flowers, a teddy bear, a box of chocolate and some cringing love notes, and the boys come to you for advice on what to get their ladies. I get it!

Remember, like the saying goes “no condition is permanent”, one day, hopefully soon, you will have real love and valentine’s day will be every day.

In the meantime, here’s a few things you can do to make the most of February 14 of every year.

Before we begin its important, I mention this, or else all these great tips would be futile. You must change your mindset about valentine’s day. Don’t hate on others and don’t hate on your current situation. Don’t hate on the day itself and the meaning society has placed on it.

Now that we have that out of the way, lets begin:

1.Treat it like any other day

This is my go-to. Simple as that. It’s just one day, and when tomorrow comes, everything will return to normal (sad!). I believe valentine’s day should be an everyday practice. Whether you are in a committed relationship or not. So, carry on like you would any other day. Stick to your regular routine. Go to work, have lunch, head home, make dinner, have dinner, watch some TV, go to bed.

2.Have a date with God

This typically should be an everyday routine, aka Quiet time. But make it extra special. Light a candle, give thanks to God (He is love personified), listen to and sing your favorite gospel music, read the bible, meditate on His word, his character and his love. Immerse yourself totally in His presence.

Here are a few of my favorite bible verses on love:

John 3:16

Jeremiah 29:11

Romans 5:8

Ephesians 2:4-5

1 Cor 13:1-13. Check with your church for possible valentine’s day program or just any regular church program.

3. Give Yourself to Others

Nothing like little acts of love and kindness. Help the poor, visit the motherless, visit the sick, the dying and offer words of hope and encourage. You could host a charity work and invite friends to support the cause by donating or being physically present.

4. Galentine

Host a GNI (girls’ night in) or GNO (girls’ night out). Get all your single friends together, have drinks and dinner, go dancing or have a slumber party. Play fun games, or go out for karaoke or the arcade. If you are feeling adventurous go man-hunting, just don’t get into any trouble.

5. Work on your personal projects

While people are booing up, whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears or possibly making babies, you can get productive. Start that business plan, complete that personal project. If you don’t have a current interest or project going on, read a self-help book or watch some personal growth videos. Because …..why not?

7. Do something fun/Treat Yourself

   What is the one thing that gives you so much joy? Do that. Shopping is one of my favorite things to do. Watching a movie or catching up on my favorite shows is a close second. Eating too. And guess what! I can do all three at the same time. Bliss! Find 1,2 or 3 of your favorite things and do them.

8. Call or visit home

   Visit your family members. Call mum and dad. Have a long talk. Call a family member you haven’t talked to in a while. Ask how they are faring and be genuinely interested. As the caller, you get to drive the conversation. Make it a good one.

There you have it. I hope you have a fun valentine’s day, single or not.

Happy Valentine’s day.

Yours truly

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