It can be a real bummer to be single on Valentine's day. There’s nothing worse than logging onto Facebook, only to be bombarded with status after status about what a wonderful, romantic time your coupled-up friends are having. (Urgh!)
But hang on, why would you be sat at home on Facebook when you could be doing so many other things? Do yourself a favour this February, and take your mind off Valentine's day by celebrating Anti-Valentine's day, instead. (Chocolate binges and pity fests NOT included)
Host a scary movie marathon
What’s the opposite of love? No, not hate – fear! Invite a few of your friends over for an ultimate scare-fest. Being scared out of your mind releases all kinds of endorphins and adrenaline. It’ll certainly take your mind off all that lovey-dovey stuff, and instead of crying yourself to sleep, you probably won’t sleep at all because of that poltergeist in your closet.
Catch up with someone you miss
It’s easy to lose touch with special people who mean a lot to us. If you’re feeling a little lost on Valentine’s day, why not reconnect with that special someone. You never know, they might be feeling the Valentines’ day blues too, and meeting up will undoubtedly paint those blues yellow.
If you don’t have the opportunity to show a special someone how much you love them, how about spreading the love in a different way and do some volunteering at your local charity or pet shelter. These places need your love more than anyone else on Valentine's day. You could also share the love be spending some quality time with you Mum or Dad. (Queue the feel-good hormones.)
Party with your girls
Of course, ye old faithful plan is going out on the town with your besties. Send a text around to all your fellow single friends, get dressed up to the nines and get the wine flowing. You might not be spending Valentines’ day with your one true love, but you’ll be spending it with all your favourite women. If you want to go all-out you could even host a singles party.
Have a celeb-crush movie marathon
Friends are all busy? Hmm, that’s a toughy. How about spending the night with your dream man? Via the telly of course. Have a movie marathon - watch all the movies your perfect man has been in, and prepare to drool. Now, there’s no man who can compare to your dream celeb-crush is there? Maybe Zac Efron is your dream man? Or Nicholas Hoult?
Form a ‘Secret Admirers’ club
Now this is a really cool idea. Get all your mates to partake in a ‘Secret Admirer’ club. It’s similar to Secret Santa but instead you buy little romantic gifts you think your chosen recipient will like. It’ll make you all feel a lot less lonely, and it’s fun to guess who bought for who.
Treat yourself to a bit of luxury
Valentine's day is the perfect time to treat yourself to a bit of pampering, as there are all sorts of deals on offer (with it being valentine's n' all). A massage will relieve any tension built up from stress at work or home; a make-over will give you a fresh, exciting look that’ll increase your confidence and make you feel amazing; and retail therapy is ALWAYS a good idea. (If you plan it beforehand, you can save up and look forward to it.)
If you’ve been stung by love recently or you’re recovering from a messy break-up, this could definitely make you feel better. Now, you can pay to adopt a giant hairy critter in honour of your ex- and nothing says I HATE YOU like a giant scorpion. Or if you just want to annoy them – send them some glitter in a box. They won’t be able to get it out of their carpet for weeks. Sometimes a little bit of revenge is the best form of medicine, (but we didn’t tell you that.) Alternatively, you could just accept the fact the your ex is a massive [insert appropriate expletive here] and move on!