Whether you recently had a break-up or have been single for sometime now, the thought of facing Valentine’s Day solo may be bringing up feelings of sadness and dread. If so take heart, you’re not alone. With more than 115 million singles 18 years and older in America according to the US Census Bureau, you’re a part of a pretty large crowd of people facing Valentine’s Day alone.
Just because you don’t have a significant other to share the day, doesn’t mean you can’t still love on yourself and others.
Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of Valentine’s Day this year:
Be reminded of God’s great love for you
Although it’s natural to crave or desire romantic love, it’s only one type of love. Love exists in your life today and every day. In fact, the Word of God tells us that God loves us with an everlasting love. Spend some time reviewing passages of scripture that reminds you of just how much God loves you. You might also consider purchasing a new devotional or journal to help you write out passages of scripture that focuses on God’s love. Consider reading a book like 66 Ways God Loves You by Jennifer Rothschild.
Who says you have to wait for someone else to purchase chocolate for you? Be empowered my friend! Don’t be afraid to give yourself a small treat whether that’s chocolate, flowers, a massage, or a dinner out.
Plan a get-together
Chances are you know another single friend. Rather than waiting for someone to ask you out, extend an invitation to others. It could be an evening out shopping, day in watching Netflix and chomping on popcorn or a special Galentine‘s event.
Be a blessing to others
You’ve probably been the recipient of a random act of kindness in your lifetime. Think back to an instance in which someone has helped you out of a tough situation when they could see you were having difficulty or when a friend simply paid you a compliment out of the blue. Or a time you received an unexpected card in the mail. (Love these adorable scripture cards you can mail to encourage a friend or family member.) A sweet surprise like this can really make a difference. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to intentionally love those in front of you.
Did you also know such experiences can also be good for your health and overall well-being? It’s true. A random act of kindness can be a good deed, a caring word, selfless act or small gift. Even a smile can brighten someone’s day.
Related: Check out these adorable gift ideas for your gal pals.
What’s your favorite way to spend Valentine’s Day when you’re in-between relationships?