Valentine's Day Singles’ Survival Guide

Valentine's Day is one holiday that most people usually aren't counting down the days for. Single or not (and lets face it, BC culture isn't exactly conducive of dating), this day is mostly filled with stress or depression no matter your relationship status. So how does one go about celebrating? Here are a few ideas of how you can spend Feb. 14 fighting the Valentine's Day blues:

1. Go on an ironic date

If you're single, this can mean going out with your best friend of the same sex or a goofy guy or girl that you trust you'll have a fun time with. Make reservations for two at a restaurant that's sure to have love in the air and indulge in something other than oysters or dainty pasta. This isn't a real date, so it's okay if you have garlic breath or something green in your teeth. If you're in a relationship, go out together and play the part. Acting disgustingly sweet to one another at a restaurant surrounded by love-birds will only make them try harder. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Courtesy of Dugg Simpson/Flickr

Courtesy of Dugg Simpson/Flickr

2. Spend time with yourself

The only person you are really guaranteed to spend the rest of your life with is yourself, so start there. Take some time out to indulge by getting your favorite drink at Hillside and giving yourself a mani-pedi in your dorm while watching your favorite show on Netflix. This is not a free pass to pig out and eat a gallon of White Mountain ice cream. Frankly, that's pathetic. No need to write down a list of reasons why you love yourself and stick them on your mirror, but a little soul searching would do all of us some good.

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Courtesy of KeWynn Lee/Flickr

3. Friendly gatherings

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Courtesy of Ginny/Flickr

Ladies, there’s no need to spend the night alone wallowing in your sorrows. It's a much better idea to get together with all of your hysterical friends and just laugh together. Mix up some cocktails (or “mocktails” if you’re under 21), pop some popcorn and get into your comfiest pajamas. Board games are a great way to distract yourself. Revive the inner child in you with Twister, Scrabble or Monopoly.

Gentlemen, there's no need to be shy. Most “How-To” articles concerning Valentine's Day are geared towards the fairer sex, but fear not, your time has come. I suggest a Halo marathon with all of those vile, fatty foods that BC girls can't even stand to look at.

4. Bake something sweet

Most of us don't have access to an oven and cookie sheets - let alone our own sink - but this can easily be overcome. Pick up some baked goods in the dining hall and some frosting and “jimmies” in any of the mini marts. Decorating cookies and other sweets before you eat them will keep up the bonding much longer than just stuffing your face with friends, and you'll have a ball snapping pictures to post on Twitter and Instagram (#singlesorrynotsorry).

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Courtesy of RHiNO NEAL/Flickr

5. Karaoke night

Pick your favorite songs that address the complex matters of revenge, broken hearts and destroying an ex’s property. Jam out, don't hold back, and you'll experience the ultimate catharsis.

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Courtesy of madichan/Flickr

6. Buy massive amounts of chocolate

Do not buy anything that comes in a pink or red wrapper. Get your favorite treats and just enjoy that fact that you didn't have to buy any for anyone else.

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Courtesy of Jonathan Reyes/Flickr

7. Send flowers

A few people that I've asked suggested sending them to yourself, but again, this is slightly pathetic. Do a good deed and send some to your mom, dad, brother or sister at their job or at home. It'll put a smile on their face, and as we all know, when mom is happy, everyone is happy.

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Courtesy of Dana/Flickr

8. Make a playlist

Mix up your normal study playlist in O'Neill or Bapst by adding some sweet melodies from classic artists like Harry Connick Jr., Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin. No matter how sour you may be about Valentine's Day, these crooners are bound to put a smile on your face.

Courtesy James Vaughan/Flickr

Courtesy James Vaughan/Flickr

9. Secret Valentine

Instead of secret Santa, do a secret Valentine with your friends. Exchange names and do your best to give the most outrageous Valentine-themed present you can.

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Courtesy of Sugar Daze/Flickr

10. Be thankful

No matter how hard life seems when you're without a companion with whom to exchange affectionate greetings and text constantly about absolutely nothing, just remember that it could be worse. Be thankful for your family and friends. A friend of mine put it best with this sentiment:

"I used to get kinda bummed on Valentine's Day, since I've spent most of them being single. But then I saw a saying that inspired me – ‘A lot of people in the world spend Mother's Day without a mother, or Father's Day without a father.’ There's a lot to be thankful for on Valentine's Day. I make it about my family, too."

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