We all know what's coming, it's Valentine's Day! There is no better day to celebrate and be grateful for your significant other... unless you don't have one. Well, for all the single people out there, what do we do then?
Well, don't worry because here are twenty amazing ways to spend the 14th of February if you're single. The best part? They can all be done at home! This way, you won't be violating any social distancing precautions.
1. Play games
Games are pretty much a big deal these days especially online/video games. With games like “Among us” and other video games, there's probably no way you can remain bored at home even if you're alone. The online communities in these games also make it a lot better, so that you won't have to play the game all alone. You might also get to make new online friends!
2. Have a movie marathon
I'm sure most of you expected this, but that's just because it's "lit". Who doesn't like binge-watching their favorite movies?
The best thing about having movie marathons by yourself is that you get to choose every single movie, and you won't feel ashamed if your choices aren't considered 'cool' enough. Also, watching movies alone can be fun because you get to reverse and fast-forward to your favorite scenes without feeling guilty whatsoever (I do that a lot!)
3. Have a self-care day
Self-care day is one of the most typical "when you're home alone" thing to do, but we can never get too much of self-care, can we?
An at-home spa day, manicure, pedicure, and facial are a go-to when you're home alone. If you can't do it yourself, you could go to a spa, beauty salon, or a massage parlor or even have a friend do it for you to leave you feeling refreshed and pretty again.
4. Clean/reorganize your wardrobe
You've probably done this a thousand times but guess what, do it again! With revolving times and fashion trends, your styles might have changed as well, so why not change your wardrobe to fit your new aesthetic? Arrange your closet, sort out clothes you don't wear anymore and donate/sell them, color-code your clothes and arrange your accessories properly.
5. Have a Photoshoot at home.
Gone is the days when you needed a professional camera or even an entire photoshoot crew to take good pictures. With new gadgets such as smart tripods and Bluetooth controls, you can have the ultimate photoshoot at home. You also don't need a professional camera since your mobile phones are just as good enough. The creation of Photoshop and editing software are also a bonus, you can literally create the perfect image using these few tools.
Here's how to have an ultimate photoshoot at home.
Pick a good background at your house or even around your neighborhood, position your camera or phone on the tripod stand and connect it to Bluetooth control. Be sure to adjust the lens to capture your right angles then stay in your best pose and press the button to instantly capture your images by yourself.
If you do not have a tripod or Bluetooth control, do not fret, there are other ways to do your own photoshoot at home. All you'll need are your phone and something to stand your phone on, like a pile of books. Set your camera timer to 5 seconds or 10 seconds depending on the time you'll need. Click on the capture button and get into position and strike a pose just before the shutter goes off and the image is captured.
You can use apps like Canva, VSCO, Inshot, and Snapseed to edit your pictures to make them more gorgeous.
6. Arrange your living space.
How long have those empty Amazon boxes stayed at the corner of your room? Why are those roller skaters you no longer use still occupying space in your closet gathering dust?
Valentine's Day is the perfect day to tidy up your living space if you don't have other plans. Researches show that decluttering and clearing junk from your home or room can significantly improve your mood and help your mental health. So, grab a broom, an empty box to put those junk piles in, and get to work.
7. Sing and dance
Singing and dancing are two great ways to enjoy some alone time. Just sing your favorite songs at home or even have a karaoke. Dancing is also good not only for the body but for the mental health too. Turn those speaker volumes up, play your favorite music and just let your body move freely to the song. Go crazy with your moves, and you might even be amazed at how good you are at dancing.
8. Bake/Cook your favorite recipes/Learn new ones.
Chocolate cakes, chicken soup, souffle, cupcakes with whipped cream, spaghetti Bolognese, apple pie, pancakes, and maple syrup.....I could go on, but you know what I mean. Baking and cooking are amazing skills that everyone should have. A lot of people admit that cooking does help relieve stress and improve mood (if you're doing it because you want to and not under pressure), so not only you will be helping your mental health, you'll also have delicious food!
9. Read a new book.
Whether it's fiction, self-help, romance, or comics, books are one of the best ways to spend free time. There are tons of books both offline and online to get your eyes and brain working. Reading books help in so many ways; they help release endorphins that improve mood, they help build your vocabulary, and they also make you smarter (if you read the good ones). Though books can be read with your electronic gadgets, I suggest reading printed books. They give you more satisfaction, you're less likely to get distracted (by a pop notification), and they are better for your eyes.
10. Plan a vacation
Make researches about your favorite tourist location and plan your next trip/holiday. You could learn much about their culture, food, best vacation spots and even start making reservations if you have the resources. You can also create an itinerary or a list of things you'll need for the vacation.
This is a great way to spend time even if you're not actually going to go on holiday (especially because of the pandemic).
11. Do some charity/volunteering.
Contrary to what most people know, Valentine's Day isn't really about romantic dates and giving heartfelt love poems to each other, neither is it about the expensive gifts you get your partner or the extra PDA.
The history of Saint Valentine shows that he was an advocate of kindness and charity and not necessarily 'cupid matches'. On this note, valentine should be a day of charity and good works just like the saint himself.
Here are a few ways you could do this. Go out of your way this valentine's season, bake treats for everyone around you, visit a home for the elderly or an orphanage and do something that'll make them happy. Organize a cause to feed the homeless people on your street throughout the day, help that old lady next door with her laundry, and even getting a card for a family member or friend can do so much.
12. Learn a new skill
They're tons of things a lot of people want to learn, whether it's how to bake/cook, design webs and apps, sew, take professional photos and even learn a new language. I've seen tons of social media influencers/YouTubers talk about a platform called SkillShare where they offer hundreds and thousands of online courses at a cheap price. Though I haven't used it myself, it seems like a good web app that you should definitely sign up for if you're looking for new things to learn. Udemy, Allison, and Coursera are other great free apps for e-learning.
13. Make/watch TikTok
TikTok is literally the biggest thing right now. With millions of users all over the globe, the Gen Z app is definitely something that keeps a lot of people stuck to their phones all day. Create videos and have fun while doing it.
Thankfully, your mobile phone is all you need to become a Tiktoker and if you get lucky enough, you might even make it to the 'for you page'. With thousands of content creators rising daily, going viral on this platform might not be as hard as it was before, just follow these Ten steps to go viral on tiktok, and maybe you may become the next Charlie d'amelio
14. Make Money Through Babysitting/house-sitting.
Valentine's Day is one of the best days to make a good amount of money through babysitting or house-sitting. Since a lot of couples who have planned their “perfect date” will need people to look after their kids or watch over their home, you can be the ideal candidate to help them while making some extra cash.
15. Declutter your cyberspace
Most of our phones and laptops are filled with junk files. Those old songs you barely listen to anymore, pictures, or those ancient memes that were funny years ago are all talking up space in our system storage. Junk files could be one of the reasons your phone or laptop is having storage issues, it could also cause malfunctioning of your operating system, so it's best to get rid of them.
Take an hour or two to sort out and delete all those images, text, movies, and songs you don't want anymore in your gadget and free up some bytes.
16. Do a special workout routine.
Again, one of the typical 'at at home' things to do, but in my defense, exercising is a great way to spend free time. Whether it's yoga, Pilates, weights, or HIIT (high-intensity interval training), do something! It's really beneficial and there's no excuse as they are workouts you can do at home. You can also dance, run, jump rope or walk for a good cardio workout. Whichever you choose to do, be sure you're getting a good physical movement.
17. Have a drive-through around town.
I've seen some YouTube videos where people just drive around town while blasting their favorite playlist off their car speaker and I definitely want to try that. You can too if you're looking for a nice way to spend Valentine's Day all by yourself. You may discover new beautiful places you never knew existed and possibly run some errands while on it.
18. Start a new project.
Valentine's Day is definitely the day to start writing that new book you've been keeping away for so long, or making that cute dress you want to wear for Easter, or even creating a blog/podcast/YouTube channel you swore you would make in 2021.
Instead of feeling sorry for yourself that you don't have a 'date' on February 14th, take on a new project that will give you an immeasurable sense of accomplishment once it's completed. Trust me, that feels so much better than getting hung up on an inexplicable rail of sadness from stalking couples on Instagram and Snapchat.
19. Hang out indoors with friends
Chances are, you're probably not the one single person in your circle of friends. If so, gather the rest of the single fam and have a fun day indoors. It could be cooking/eating your favorite dishes, playing games, watching a movie, getting a beauty treatment, picnic, stroll, or drive-through around your favorite places (be sure to adhere to social distancing precautions if you choose to do this).
20. Make DIY's and decor for your room/house
They're tons of DIY blogs and channels to help you with this, 5 minutes craft happens to be one of my favorites. Pinterest is also a good place to find inspiration. DIY is so good for the environment as they encourage recycling and helps reduce the amount of waste that litter the environment (especially plastic and cardboard boxes).
Get out your scissors, hot glue, tape, and get creative!
There you have it, 20 ideas for you to not feel lonely on Valentine's Day. Remember, Valentine's Day isn't just about the romantic dates, love shaped candy, and cute flowers. It's about showing love and kindness to everyone around you and most especially yourself. Stay safe and wear your masks :-)
I wish you a happy Valentine's Day!