Valentine’s Day is traditionally the day of the year when people go out of their way to demonstrate their love and affection for others. It was first introduced in 496 AD by Pope Gelasius I and is named after one of the early Christian martyrs, Saint Valentine. It is seen by many as a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate our love and affection, to share a bit of romance and as a way of letting others know how you feel about them, even if they don’t know it yet!
Whilst Valentine’s Day is predominantly picked up by men, that is, a much greater percentage of men will buy cards and presents than women, the good thing about Valentine’s Day, and the initial spirit behind it, is that it can be about demonstrating any kind of love that you have. If you don’t currently have a partner, or someone you would feel comfortable celebrating Valentine’s Day with then you can instead put the focus on one of your children, or a close friend. It doesn’t have to be about romantic love but can instead simply be about doing something special for a person you care about.
However, a lot of the commercial focus in the run up to Valentine’s Day is all about showering adoration on the partners in our lives and how to spoil them, how to give them the ideal gift and it can leave people feeling lonely and as though they are missing out. If you feel this way then here are some tips to prevent you spending Valentine’s feeling down and alone:
1. Plan an alternative Valentine’s celebration
This could be with close friends or family. If you don’t want to be surrounded by happy couples in restaurants then throw a party at your house. The theme could still be ‘love’ but it could be about celebrating all love, not just the romantic kind. Perhaps you could gather some of your other single friends together and hire the services of a psychic, to seek answers on when you might finally bump into the right person.
2. Pamper Yourself
If you start to feel down about not having met that special partner to spoil you with luxurious gifts, then remember that you don’t need to have met ‘The One’ to have a nice evening. Treat yourself to some good food, a nice DVD and a glass of wine and relax.
3. Be Brave
If there’s someone you’ve had your eye on for a while, but are unsure how they feel, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to test the waters. Depending on how brave you are feeling you could send them a card, signed or unsigned, and see if they return the favour. You never know!