How To Be Your Own Valentine
For every single person on Valentine’s Day, there are one thousand happy couples and storefront windows shoving love hearts and chocolate in our faces. The only silver lining is turning up to every possible supermarket on February 15th for all the discounted chocolate. Believe us, we will fight you for it.
Single life doesn’t have to leave us feeling left out of this over-commercialised celebration of love. This Valentine’s Day, we’re going to give you some ideas to try and help you make plans to practice self-care and celebrate your own self-love.
See Your Friends
Surrounding yourself with people that uplift you is rule #1 on our list of helpful self-care practices. However, it will come as no surprise that this will only apply if any of your friends are also single. Finding yourself sans-partner while all your friends gush over their relationships has happened to the best of us. Remember that love comes in many forms and is present in all kinds of relationships – so make time for the people you cherish!
They say that food brings people together, and that’s a sentiment we can all get behind! Take your friends to The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs for some seriously great coffee & Instagram-worthy aesthetics, or head into Bubba Gump to put your shrimp palate & Forest Gump trivia to the test (also incredibly Instagram-worthy, in case you were wondering).
If you fancy a trip out of Central London, you can take up an entire day visiting these Hidden Gems At The End Of The Tube Lines!
Enjoy Your Own Company
The most important thing about spending any notable dates on your own is to not put yourself down. After all, you’re great company! When was the last time you had a day to yourself in which you could do absolutely anything you wanted? When was the last time you took yourself on a date?
Take Yourself Shopping
If you’re one of those people that enjoys wandering around stores, appreciating the detailed displays and carefully selecting your favourite things to take home, you’re going to like this. Is there anything worse than trying to enjoy a shopping experience with another person following you around are rushing you to leave?
Those days are over! Take yourself on the world’s most relaxing shopping day. For some extra satisfaction, pay close attention to the people around you that are rushing their shopping, and the partners that are blindly following them around while trying to refresh their social media in shops with poor signal.
Our Top 3 shopping destinations:
Whether you’re living in or visiting London, there is always somewhere new to visit.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take yourself on a London bus tour. From hop-on-hop-off tours to night tours and even ghost tours, you can be certain that you will find many new local spots to call your favourites!
Whatever the weather, you can be sure that there is going to be something to do. For more weather-focused ideas, visit our guide of Things To Do In London When It Rains.
London’s abundant list of beautiful parks is a true outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Plug in your headphones, get lost in your favourite music, audio books or podcasts and take yourself on a long nature walk!
Some of our favourite parks include:
Have a Night In
If total privacy and relaxation are more up your street, we recommend a homemade date night with yourself. Order yourself a cheat meal (Deliveroo, UberEats and JustEat have you covered), put on your favourite film or series (Netflix always has your back) and run yourself a spa-worthy bath experience.
Spending some quality alone-time with yourself and your favourite things should be a top priority for everyone (single or not) and it should be done year-round, not just on Valentine’s Day. However, seeing as we’re taking a day out of the calendar year to preach about love, it’s only fitting that we give ourselves the excuse to show our wants & needs some love and attention.
Most importantly, remember Valentine’s Day is nothing but a social construct, and your relationship status is not representative of you, a reflection of your character or your value as an individual.
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Have a browse through our homes and find your perfect match!
Happy Love-Yourself Day!
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