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Ways to have a great Valentine's Day when you're single AF


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Unless we’re counting the time I got bought a Toblerone on Valentine’s Day and then 'dumped' the very next day when I was 12, I’ve got 20 years experience of being alone on the one day of the year I’m told I apparently shouldn’t be.

Pretty extensive.

However, this means I have 20 years of experience in having the BEST. DAY. EVER. while all my luvved-up mates are off being all like, loved, appreciated and caught up in a game of tonsil tennis. Who would even want that? Here’s some ideas on making your single Valentine’s Day this year the best you’ve had:

Perhaps one of the most obvious things to do, but alas the best. Feeling emotional? Eat an entire cake. Feeling great you’re single? Eat an entire cake. Nobody’s going to be seeing your belly. Order a Chinese and watch Netflix in bed, or, alternatively, grab another lonely mate and go on a mate date. Many restaurants offer Valentine's deals or set meals, such as Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool who are doing a five course dessert menu on February 14th. FIVE COURSES. DESSERT. What more could you ever need?

Music is the best therapy, but if you’re trying to have a great day, Taylor Swift probably isn’t the best option. Why spend all day sobbing in bed listening to 'Last Kiss', when you could be screaming and dancing about your flat to some “f*ck you” style music? Some recommendations to remind you that you’re better off without them: “Best Thing I Never Had” - Beyonce, “Rolling in the Deep” - Adele, “The Best Thing That Never Happened” - We Are The In Crowd, “F*ck You” - Lily Allen, and, obviously, “99 Problems” - Jay Z.

Gigs on the 14th of February? Upbeat band Little Comets play Liverpool’s O2 Academy. Bowling For Soup perform at Cardiff University’s Student’s Union. X Factor singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan graces the Northumbria University SU in Newcastle. Leicester’s O2 Academy sees quartet Telegram play a set. In Nottingham? You can go and see Cage The Elephant at the Rescue Rooms. How about seeing Suede at the O2 Academy in Leeds? Or folk pop Gabrielle Aplin at Birmingham’s O2 Institute? Even Parkway Drive in Glasgow at the O2 Academy there? You get the picture. There’s plenty going on for those in love with nobody but music.

Take some time out to properly look after yourself. Sit down and do YOU. Catch up on some posts you’ve missed from your favourite bloggers and try out a cake recipe. Put on a face mask, cover yourself in body butter. Try something new with your hair. Sing. Dance. Get round to using that foot scrub you got for Christmas. Pamper yourself. Paint your nails. Think about everything you like about yourself and learn to love yourself.

If you’re still super convinced that your Valentine's Day is going to be a shit one, maybe you could go out of your way to make sure that someone else’s isn’t! Something as simple as smiling at the stranger or holding the door can get the ball rolling. You could donate to charity, or buy a meal or new pair of shoes for someone homeless if you can afford to. Pay a coffee forward. Compliment a stranger. Don't steal your friend's last chicken nugget. There’s thousands of things you can do to make someone else’s day that bit brighter, and it certainly will make you feel better about yours too!

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