Single and Celebrating
By Maureen Pollard,
Emotional Health Editor
Maureen Pollard, MSW, RSW is a registered social worker
with a private practice in Cobourg, Ontario.
February the 14th can be a tough day if you don’t have a romantic relationship. Stores are filled with
cards and treats, and ads about love are everywhere. It can feel like having a partner to buy
gifts for is the only thing that matters in the days before this time-honoured occasion.
Being single can be liberating though, and there’s no reason for single people to spend
Valentine’s Day unhappy. If you’re single, here are some great strategies for celebrating
Plan a Movie Night:
Get together with other single friends or just choose a line-up of films
featuring your favourite celebrity crush and watch alone. Don’t forget your favourite snacks!
Unplug: Turn off your social media notifications, or better yet, turn off those devices. Choose a
book in your favourite genre and settle in somewhere cozy for an evening of reading.
Pamper Yourself: Take a hot bath or shower. Give yourself a facial, or manicure. Sip your
favourite herbal tea or hot chocolate and listen to music that makes you feel calm and content.
Bake: Choose a new recipe or use a tried-and-true favourite and bake yourself a delicious treat.
Let Your Loved Ones Know You Care: Celebrate the great relationships you do have in your
life. Send a heart felt text to the people in your life who make you feel good, who make you
laugh and who are there when you need a friend.
Send Love Into the World: Choose an act of kindness and do something nice for someone
else. Maybe it’s a family member or a friend, or maybe your kindness helps a complete
stranger. Either way, it feels good for both of you.
No matter what you choose, remember that you are loveable and worthy of healthy,
unconditional love. Begin by loving yourself and planning a relaxing evening you’ll enjoy to
celebrate this Valentine’s Day.