9 things every single person needs to do on Valentine's Day

For everyone without a valentine.

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  • February is a month filled with love, joy and all things pink. Though it can be a rose and chocolate-filled paradise for couples everywhere, the reality of being alone tends to smack all the single people in the face...all month long.

  • A fair amount of people I know absolutely loathe Valentines Day (or the whole month of February for that matter) because of how lonely they feel when watching the giddy kisses and loving gestures that surround them. And let's face it -watching Mr. Wonderful hand your best friend a bouquet of roses on Valentine's Day while you buy yourself a carton of ice cream to simultaneously eat from and sob into isn't an enjoyable pastime.

  • Well, for all you single people out there, here are 10 things you absolutely need to do this February 14th:

  • 1. Realize there is nothing wrong you

  • Hugs & Kisses with a Kate Spade type of flair. #customcookies #valentineday #katespade

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  • Valentine's Day can flood your entire body with doubts and built up negativity, especially if you have been single for a while. You may start to wonder, "What is wrong with me?" or "I'm always going to be single because no one ever sticks around." Whatever your doubts may be telling you, ignore them. The first step in enjoying your day is to realize there is nothing wrong with you. Your time for love will come at the right place at the right time.

  • 2. Stay off social media

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  • You have seen the posts before: pictures of roses wives receive from their husbands, romantic candle-lit dinners and couples confessing their undying love for each other for all for their followers to see. These posts easily add envy to your list of negative emotions. Turning off social media for the day might be the best decision you can make.

  • 3. Get a makeover

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  • Valentine's Day is the day to color your hair, get your nails done or spend a day at the spa pampering yourself. Give yourself a break, bask in relaxation and forget all your worries for the day.

  • 4. Serve others

  • The best way to forget about your problems and distract yourself is by taking time to serve those in need. Losing yourself in the service of others is a beautiful way to spend your Valentine's Day. Volunteer (or rescue a dog!) at the animal shelter, send valentines to the elderly or sick children and reach out to those who may be feeling even more lonely than you are. Service can change your perspective not only on that one day, but for the rest of your life.

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  • 5. Treat yourself

  • only bae(r) I need in my life 😈💞 #SingleOnValentines

    A photo posted by Evelyn A. Ramirez (兰艾微) (@ehvalinnn) on

  • Indulge in your favorite desserts, watch your favorite movies and buy yourself something nice, because you deserve it. Show your own body how much you love and appreciate it by gifting yourself a new outfit or those new shoes that caught your eye a few weeks ago. Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to buy yourself a gift.

  • 6. Celebrate your singleness

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  • Abre los ojos shashi, again #singlesparty ❄️❄️❄️

    A photo posted by Ashley Salinas (@ashleysalinas) on

  • Get your best single friends together and celebrate being single! Go out to dinner, a concert or just stay in to play some games and watch your favorite chick flicks. Nothing feels better than being surrounded by people who know exactly how you feel.

  • 7. Take a chance

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  • Instead of sitting at home sulking all day, take a chance to try something new! You can choose to do something crazy like skydiving, or something as simple as trying a new recipe. It's the perfect day to escape your comfort zone and try something new. Who knows? You may find a new passion in life.

  • 8. Set goals

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  • Take a moment to reevaluate your life. If you are not enjoying your life to the fullest, set a few goals for the rest of the year to learn to love yourself. Make it a goal to remove toxic people from your life, break bad habits and pursue your dreams. You will see a world of difference if you work toward changing your life for the better.

  • 9. Show love

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  • People tend to forget each year how Valentine's Day is a day that celebrates all kinds of love, including family and friends. It is the perfect day to tell the people you love most how much they mean to you, especially if you don't show it often. Love is a beautiful and precious part of the world, and it is so easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget that while romantic love might not be a part of your life right now, there are lots of people who love you in so many other ways.

  • Valentine's Day is about discovering how truly loved you are by everyone in your life, and discovering your worth. A significant other does not justify your value. In order to truly love someone else, you have to learn to love and appreciate yourself first. So whatever you choose to do, make it an enjoyable, love-filled holiday, because you deserve just that.

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Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.

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