I have faced Valentines as part of a couple for the last 9 years, but before hubbie I had a few as a singleton. It can be a tough time of year if everyone is ramming romance down your throat when you feel very much left on the shelf! All you hear is the details of the fancy restaurants coupled friends intend to visit, the luxurious hotel stays they have booked or even the odd proposal they have planned to perfection.
It can get a bit much when ALL the couples around you are gooey-eyed with each other and you have no hot date for the 14th of February! Well why not think of it as the perfect excuse to be all about YOU! Rather than sulk when you see your colleagues accept their latest beautiful flower delivery, make life more exciting for you.
How about making up a Valentines Survival Pack to break open in emergency, filled with contents much like the ones I have shown in the picture. Hot drinks, perhaps a cheeky alcoholic beverage, some chocolates and some bubble wrap to pop when it because particularly hard to cope with and you need instant stress relief. Avoid anything romantic to watch, go for something heavy on action.
Possibly chuck in some indulgent pampering goodies too, a facemask and some bubble bath. According to the Office for National Statistics the UK has 1.65m single men and 1.27m single women, so why not spoil yourself until you find your soul mate, there are plenty out there just bide your time (although with those figures it sounds more reassuring to be a girl, better odds!). But do not let the time of year alter your mood, suck it up and make a fuss of yourself. The illusions of romantic grandeur you think everyone is having might not even be quite the reality…
If you happen to be facing Valentines alone you certainly would not be envious of me. By the time the kids are shipped off to bed I have no energy left, I just want to collapse on the sofa and be left in peace… I would like to be solely responsible for the TV remote, which would be a gift in itself.
So for those of you alone on the 14th make the most of the freedom to watch whatever you want without a partner interfering. I still have series three of Downton Abbey to catch up on, but hubbie has other ideas!