Today I have a special treat for you. I have a guest blogpost from a lady that I think you’re going to love. I’d like to introduce you to Michelle Peterson. Here’s 5 ways to have an awesome Valentine’s Day when you’re single.
For those of us without a romantic partner, Valentine’s Day isn’t typically an exciting event to think about or plan for. Many singles get stuck in the idea that the holiday simply isn’t for them. But Valentine’s Day can be the perfect opportunity to get that “you” time you’ve been hoping for — here are five ways to make the holiday your own:
Explore a new part of town
Whether you’re in a major city or a rural town, there’s bound to be a park, neighborhood, or shopping square you’ve been meaning to explore. You can scout out which spots you want to visit ahead of time, or see where your path leads once you’re there. It’s a great way to get more familiar with your area, and you can do it on your own or bring a friend.
Donate your time
Whether you’re coping with a recent break-up or have recently entered addiction recovery, there are all kinds of emotions that can make the holiday especially stressful. Volunteering is a chance to give back to the community, meet amazing people, and even stay on the sober track. You can read to seniors at a nursing home or spend the evening at a homeless shelter. There are endless options to meet any schedule and interest, and the experience will be beyond rewarding.
Visit a museum or art gallery
How many times have you seen an ad for a local museum or walked past a gallery downtown and thought someday, you’d find the time to visit? Make it Valentine’s Day! Immerse yourself in pieces of the past, or take a journey through the mind of a local artist. Depending on your schedule you might even be able to squeeze in visits to multiple exhibits, so plan strategically!
Try something new
It’s supposed to be a special day, so make it memorable with a brand new experience. Try karaoke. Take a pottery class. Go skydiving if you want! It doesn’t have to be life-changing, just look for little opportunities to break out of your usual routine. It can be as simple as trying a brand new cuisine for dinner or finally going to that yoga class after work. If the weather is nice, maybe you can go for a walk on your lunch break. Even the smallest new experience can lift your entire day, but you won’t know until you try.
Have a personalized night in
Plan your own perfect night in: a nice dinner (ordered in, of course, unless you love cooking), your favorite movie, and a nice long bath, perhaps. You can take the time to catch up on a book or get back to building that model airplane. Do exactly what you want to do, and enjoy it.
If you have children, your night in can be equal parts parenting and relaxing (they might join you for dinner but skip the movie, for example). Don’t go to bed when they do — make a point of giving yourself some true downtime once they’re tucked in. Remember, it’s supposed to be a special day!
Valentine’s Day may seem foreboding if you’re single, but in truth it’s an excellent opportunity for a day of self-care. Take the holiday and make it your own, and next year you’ll look forward to February 14 whether you’re single or not!
Michelle Peterson has been in recovery for several years. She started RecoveryPride.org to help eliminate the stigma placed on those who struggle with addiction. Michelle believes the journey to sobriety should not be one of shame but of pride. And for this article, she speaks as a single woman who wants to inspire others to give value to self.