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The Single Girl’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

You should be proud of yourself. You made it through a Thanksgiving full of distant relatives asking you about the boyfriend you didn’t have. You somehow suffered through a Christmas with nobody to bake cookies and drink eggnog with. You even survived an NYE without a New Year’s Kiss.

But, now, it’s almost time for the hardest challenge of them all: surviving Valentine’s Day as a (undeservingly) single girl.

Let’s get one thing straight — being single is not bad at all. In fact, oftentimes, it’s nice to be on your own and truly ~find yourself~. However, as soon as February rolls around, it seems that boxes of chocolate and those cruelly addicting conversation hearts are basically mocking from the Target check-out line. Like, seriously, is nothing sacred anymore?

It’s no surprise that as V-Day creeps upon us it becomes a bit more difficult to remain content with the single lifestyle. And if having a temporary boyfriend for the month of February was possible, I’m sure we’d all be for it. Unfortunately, seasonal bfs aren’t a thing — *sigh*. But, don’t let yourself think that your entire month of February is going to be a bummer. Contrary to popular belief, it’s totally possible to have an enjoyable Valentine’s Day all by your damn self.

Here’s how:

1. Shamelessly buy yourself chocolates

Ah, nothing tastes better than the sweet, sweet freedom of being single, except, maybe, chocolate. There’s absolutely no shame in filling up your Target shopping cart with cheap chocolates that are all for you.

2. Watch an uplifting movie

Sometimes, curling up to a good movie might even beat going out. Watching an empowering film, like “Legally Blonde” can remind you just how great you really are. If Elle Woods didn’t need Warner, then you certainly don’t need Brad, the boy you met last Saturday in a frat basement who only snapchats you at 11 p.m.

3. Pamper yourself

I’m a firm believer that face masks fix just about everything. Enough said.

4. Go out with your single friends

Who said you have to be in a relationship to go out on V-Day? Get a group of your fav single ladies and head into center city for a night of shopping, eating and ranting about men. Honestly, I can’t imagine a better time to blast Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.”

5. Do whatever makes you happy

Regardless of how you feel about your current single status, spending Valentine’s Day alone is hard for anyone. So, it’s important to focus on yourself and what makes you happy. For some, that’s binge watching all of Nicholas Sparks’ movies with a box of chocolates in hand. For others, it’s a night out with girlfriends, dancing, and giving mean glares to any and all guys in the near vicinity. I’m not here to judge!

 

Whatever you decide to do this V-Day, make sure you do it for yourself. After all, you’re probably not going to be single for the rest of your life — so you better make these “lonely” V-Days count!

 

When Rachel isn't obsessively drinking iced coffee by the gallon or binge watching true crime videos on YouTube, you can probably find her writing about her failed love life. She is currently a  junior (*she's ancient*) journalism major at Temple University, and is a Her Campus Temple Campus Correspondent, a Temple Student Government Social Media Manager and a 2020 Owl Team Student Coordinator. 
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