If you’re not in a relationship, you’re probably already a bit over hearing about Valentine’s Day.
For those of us that are single, it can be a bit frustrating to be bombarded with endless advertisements about the joys of romance.
The key to surviving Valentine’s Day is not to try and avoid it, but embrace it. The beauty of being single at this time of year is that you have all the options available to you.
Here’s some of the options that you might want to explore as you navigate this love-fest celebration.
Spend some time by yourself
One of the great things about being single at Valentine’s Day is that you can simply opt out of the whole thing. You don’t have to get caught up in the over-commercialised nonsense, there’s no pressure on you to think of something romantic or find the perfect gift. Why not treat yourself? Book yourself in for a sports massage, or buy yourself some new shoes. This is also a great time to book a solo mini-break – find a city that you haven’t been before and go on an expedition. Being by yourself can be incredibly liberating, and this is the perfect time to embrace that.
Hang out with your friends
Don’t assume that everyone you know has already got some amazing Valentine’s Day plans booked in. Ask around, you’ll probably be surprised how many people you know are looking for an alternative to an over-priced meat at a restaurant. Organise a movie night, or a big cooking session, or a games night. Romances come and go, but celebrating the love of your friends never goes out of style.
Be there for your family
This is a great time of year to earn some brownie-points with your family. If you don’t have any plans for Valentine’s Day, think about how you could help other people to get the most out of the celebration. Offer to babysit your sister’s kids while she goes out for the night, or take your grandmother a bunch of flowers. Be thoughtful and generous, it’s that kind of good karma that’s going to work in your favour in the future.
Scratch that itch
Being single has a lot of advantages. One of the main ones is that if you want to get your rocks off, then it’s totally up to you how, when, and where you do that. There’s bound to be a Valentine’s Day sex party somewhere near you, or just head to your local bathhouse, sauna, or sex-on-premises venue and get down to business. It may not be a particularly romantic experience, but that’s exactly the point.
Find some friends online
The beauty of online dating is that it speeds up the numbers game of finding people that you connect with. Even if your online dating endeavours don’t deliver the love of your life, or a long-term relationship, it does put you in front of guys who are also up for chatting with and potentially meeting new people.
Approach online dating with a positive mind-set – don’t view it as a world of potential disappointments, but instead look at online dating as a world of possibilities.
If you want a recommendation, why not give Gaydar a try? They’re our parent company, so we’re a bit biased, but Gaydar is owned and run by LGBTQ people and they’ve been helping people to connect for the last 20 years.
Gaydar is free to sign-up and get started, so take charge of your dating destiny and set up a profile that authentically represents who you are and what you’re looking for.
The reality is that you’re going to have to kiss a few frogs to find the princes that you’re looking for, but don’t forget – you’re in charge. This year, it’s not just about surviving Valentine’s Day, it’s about embracing the opportunities that are all within your reach.
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