February 14th. A dreaded day across the world for every person without a significant other. A day most single people are likely to spend sitting on their sofa watching romantic comedies whilst eating an entire tub of ice-cream. It is time to re-define Valentine’s day for those who won’t be receiving a gift or posting a soppy 'couple photo' on Instagram. There are approximately 17 million single people in the UK. You are not alone (even if it may feel like it today).

Instead of dwelling in self-pity, binge-watching your favourite romantic films, here are 10 things you could do instead!

  • Replace those romantic films for comedies. Laughter is a natural way to boost your mood, reduce stress and all round improve your mental wellbeing. Get comfortable in bed with healthy snacks and laugh to your heart’s desire! The night will be over before you know it!

  • Get together with your other single friends instead of being by yourself. Plan an event such as going to the cinema, a night out, or going for a bite to eat. Even if you are single, you don’t have to be single alone.

  • Treat yourself. There is (almost) nothing more therapeutic than retail therapy! Instead of money you would have spent on a present or dinner if you were in a relationship; treat yourself! Get that jacket you’ve been pining for since it went up in the window 3 weeks ago, or even treat yourself to a relaxing massage.

  • Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read for the past year. There is nothing like getting lost in a book to forget your troubles. Have a nice bubble bath, get in your cosiest pyjamas and lose yourself in the wonderful world of fiction.

  • Spend time with your family. If you have any relatives with children, offer to babysit whilst the parents go and do their Valentine's day thing! Children never fail to make you laugh with the silly things they do! Maybe you’ll get a bit of spare money whilst you’re at it! Maybe some of your loved ones are also alone this Valentine’s day?

  • Call your crush. If you really aren’t happy with your current relationship status, what better day to ask the person you’ve been interested in, out?!

  • Try something new. There is no time like the present! Go somewhere you’ve wanted to go to but haven’t had the time. Make yourself something you’ve always wanted to cook!

  • Forget about it. Turn your phone off, do not look at any social media and just do what you would usually do! There is no need to get upset over a fictional tradition, especially when some people in relationships don’t even celebrate themselves!

  • Pamper yourself. Have a night in pampering yourself and taking time to relax. If you’d rather not venture to the spa, bring the spa to you! Put the attention on yourself rather than the day. Invite any single friends you have and make a night of it!

  • Practice mindfulness. One of the most therapeutic things one can do to reduce levels of stress/anxiety associated with being alone on Valentine’s day is practicing mindfulness. This can include numerous activities, and you can try it right from your phone or tablet using our app, Feel Stress Free. It’s also a great way to pass the time! 

Do not let Valentine’s day get you down. You are amazing and deserve to be happy!

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