Singles Edition: 7 things to do on Valentine's Day

Latara Boodie, Youthlink Writer

Even if you have chosen to spend Valentine's Day alone, it can be a bit overbearing for singles. First, the price on everything from an Icy Mint to a simple card increases, all in the name of love. Then, everyone wants to sell you flowers at the stop lights. To make matters worse, radio stations overkill with love songs from dawn to dusk. The theme of love is just amplified and bordering on suffocating. If you are single, the day does not have to be a complete lost. Check out these seven things that you can do to beat the Valentine's Day blues.

1. Keep busy

Get your mind off the day by immersing yourself in an activity. The busier you are, the easier it will be to forget that it's even Valentine's Day. Try starting a new series or book, clock in a couple hours at the gym to get a head start on that summer body, or revise notes/read up on a topic for class. Distraction is key.

2. Spend time with loved ones

Valentine's Day is about celebrating the love and appreciation you have for the people who play a significant role in your life. Whether your mother, an uncle, or even a kind neighbour, let them know how much you enjoy having them in your life and being around them.

3. Self-indulge

While everybody is going out or spending hours on the phone or Skype with his or her significant other, why not use the same time and energy on yourself? This is a really good day to put yourself first and be a little selfish. Do some extensive grooming or buy yourself a thick slice of cake. Nothing is wrong with spoiling yourself rotten on Valentine's Day.

4. Hang out with your single friends

If you don't want to be entirely alone on Valentine's Day, why not get together with your other single friends and go out? After all, it is the weekend. If you are tight on funds, having a games/movie night can also be a lot of fun.

5. Veg out

After a busy week of school/work, relaxing on Valentine's Day, aka Saturday, may not be such a bad idea. Slow down the pace of the week by sleeping in later than usual, taking a walk around the community to clear your head or lounging around the house and watching YouTube videos. There can be so much joy in doing absolutely nothing.

6. Spring cleaning

Perhaps you have books/folder leaves scattered everywhere, along with dirty clothes all about and probably even cobweb in the ceiling. Spend some time making wherever you occupy feel more homely. Time flies when you spend it cleaning and organising your space. In the end, it will be worth the energy spent.

7. Enjoy the day

In spite of everything, Valentine's Day is just another day. Proceed as you would on any other day. Run errands, do chores and be grateful for the gift of experiencing life one more time.