Each year on Valentine’s Day, the number of couples going out for a nice meal together or giving each other cards is almost outweighed by the number of singles who take the day as a personal affront to their un-coupled state. It is rather a shame that what is really quite a silly holiday celebrating romance should make so many people feel angry and sad. There isn’t anything wrong with being single after all (I think we can all agree that being alone is much better than being with the wrong person!), and there are so many more kinds of love than strictly the boy-meets-girl kind.
So if you are single this Valentine’s Day and feeling grumpy at all the attention on loved up couples, here is a quick guide to romancing yourself this evening.
- Treat yourself to a nice meal, with wine. Whatever takes your fancy, whether something complicated you make yourself, or a home-delivered curry. Drink wine from the nicest glasses you own.
- Buy yourself some flowers, you deserve it. Right now in the UK, daffodils are in season and you can buy a bunch for only £1 in most supermarkets. Plus, buying flowers for yourself is très elegant.
- Ice-cream, or pie, or cheesecake, should follow your nice meal. Not because you are unhappy and feel the need to stuff your face, but because it is nice to treat yourself sometimes.
- Have a long hot bath containing lots of smelly potions, then change into jammies and slippers, or your slinkiest dress – whichever will make you feel the most fabulous (personally, I am a pyjama girl through and through). Spritz yourself with perfume, because you can smell nice for YOU, not just for someone else.
- Have a think about who is your all-time favourite vintage pin-up boy. And then pop on a DVD and watch them in all their smouldering, cinematic glory. At this point, you should pour some more wine and tuck into dessert.
- Call or text your closest friends to tell them how much you love and appreciate them.
- Paint your nails, set your hair, apply your poshest moisturiser, or give yourself a face pack – whichever will make you feel most pampered (doing all four is fine too).
- Dance around the kitchen putting away the dinner things, playing your favourite songs and singing them as loud and as badly as you like.
- Go to bed and read until 2am, take up the entire bed space, thrash around as much as you like, wrap yourself up like a sausage roll in the duvet, snore and fart to your hearts content, and enjoy the extra space. One day you, too, will be in a smug couple, and your days of exuberant bed-farts will be over. Make the most of it while it lasts.