Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Valentine's Day - The Perks of being Single!

In a few days it will be Valentine’s Day and here I am, still single and with no Prince Charming on the horizon to sweep me off my feet. But is being single on Valentine’s Day really that bad? I mean, sure, I do get a bit jealous when I see friends being spoilt by their other half with beautiful flowers, jewellery or just a quiet night in with a DVD. But thinking about it, there are actually a lot of perks of being single on Valentine’s Day, so instead of writing a post talking about how much I hate still being single, I thought I’d think about the flip side and look for the positives! And here’s what I came up with…

You can save money

Instead of spending your hard earned pennies trying to find the perfect gift for someone else (which will probably end up being some gimmicky creation covered in hearts and soppy messages!) you can save your dosh and spend it on that little Topshop number you’ve been lusting over since January! Or, if you really need a man this Valentine’s Day, why not pick up the perfect man from ASOS!

You can spend time with friends

So, usually, Valentine’s Day ends up with you both trying to plan a romantic evening; booking an overpriced restaurant chock-full of loved-up couples, trying to squeeze into a cinema where no-one is really interested in watching the film or doing something slightly different to try and be spontaneous but actually wanting to curl up in your PJ’s. But if you’re single this year, you can do exactly what you want to do! A friend of mine from Finland told me that, in her country, Valentine’s Day is actually known as Friendship Day, which I think is really lovely. It can be really difficult to make time to spend with friends when there’s so much else going on in our lives, so why not use this Valentine’s Day as an excuse to make a date with your bestie? Chances are she’ll be equally excited to spend a girly night with you, watching chick flicks, wearing facemasks and gorging on chocolates!

Pink champagne - Tesco

Pink champagne truffles - Hotel Chocolat

It’s an excuse to treat or pamper yourself

If, like me, your friends aren’t local (or the ones that are local are spending Valentine’s Day with their other half) make a date with yourself! Indulge in some ‘me’ time and show yourself a bit of love – chances are it will be a pretty rare occurrence! Whether you decide to buy yourself something special, watch your favourite DVD or run yourself a hot bubbly bath, it doesn’t matter as long as you feel pampered and special.

Benefit Lollitint

Ghost Cherish

Nails Inc Fibre Optic

You can decide what you want to do

The problem with deciding what to do on Valentine’s Day is that you’re trying to please two people, possibly with very different tastes. He might want to watch a horror movie then go for a burger, whereas you might prefer a romantic candlelit dinner in a little French restaurant, followed by a cosy evening on the sofa with a box of chocolates. But, being single means you only need to please yourself, so you can do exactly what you want to do! If that means watching back-to-back episodes of Big Bang Theory in your pyjamas, then so be it!

You can flirt with whoever you want

With no ties you are open to flirt with that cute barman on your girly night out, so why not flash him a smile and make his evening that little bit better! If you’re not going out, why not pick up a few DVDs with your favourite hunky actors in – after all, who says you just have to have one date when you’re young, free and single?!

You can wear what you want

I love dressing up as much as the next girl – choosing the perfect dress and shoes combo, doing my make-up and spritzing on my favourite perfume. But sometimes it can feel like a bit of a chore when you’re tired from a long week but know you need to make an effort because you’re going out somewhere special. This Friday, obviously if you want to dress up in those killer heels go for it! But if you’d rather snuggle up on the sofa, there’s nothing to stop you putting on your comfiest pair of fluffy pyjamas, pulling your hair into a messy ponytail and donning your warmest winter slippers.

Shirt and jumper from New Look. Pyjamas, Slippers and Socks from Tesco

There is no chance of being dumped on Valentine’s Day!

I’ve heard a few singletons mentioning this perk and it made me chuckle, although it’s completely true! I can’t think of anything worse than being ditched on what is meant to be the most romantic day of the year. So, if you’re already single, at least there is a 100% guarantee that this won’t happen. Got to find positives where there are some, eh?!

You can put yourself first for once

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I spend all my time trying to please other people and put my needs to the back of the pile. Of course, it’s great to put other people first now and again, after all you don’t want to be selfish and lonely! But that doesn’t mean that you can’t put yourself first sometimes. You could use Valentine’s Day as a time to sit down for a few minutes and just evaluate where you are at the moment – are you happy? Do you like your job? Do you have dreams and wishes that are going unfulfilled? Make a list of things you want to achieve, and have a think about what you need to do to achieve them. Even if you only spend ten minutes doing this, you’re almost guaranteed to feel more positive after, and perhaps you’ll make it more of a regular event. After all, the better you look after yourself, the better you can look after those around you.

Why not buy yourself a bunch of beautiful flowers? These ones are from Waitrose

 Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day, either with your partner or just for yourself?


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