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Show yourself some self-love this Valentine’s Day and do things that make you happy.

How to Get Through Valentine’s Day if You’re Single

Don’t have a special someone to spend Valentine’s Day with? Fear not, the Messenger has a list of activities for singles to do to make it through this Valentine’s Day and show yourself a little bit of self-love. 


1) Get together with your friends—socially distanced of course

You don’t need a significant other to spend Valentine’s Day with someone you care about. Get the group together for a hangout or movie night. Or, for all the single ladies out there, grab your girls for the ultimate Galentine’s Day celebration. Chill out in your pajamas or sweats and binge watch your guilty pleasure shows or movies on Netflix. If going the romance route, make sure to include the third installment of the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series, “To All the Boys: Always and Forever,” which came out Friday. The anticipation for this movie makes it a must-watch—will Lara Jean and Peter stay together? 


2) DIY a spa day at home

Attending seven classes a day has most people wishing for Spring Break to come sooner. With the current four-day weekend that started Friday, take some time to pamper yourself. Take your nail file out of the drawer and favorite nail polish for that mani-pedi you’ve been waiting for, or run a hot bath and throw in a bath bomb or Epsom salt to relax. With all of the mask-wearing this year, your face likely needs a detox. Give your skin the deep clean it needs with a facial. Start off with a gentle cleansing with your daily facial soap, then follow-up with a facial scrub or a mask. While you’re at it, cut up a cucumber and add it to some water for a refreshing drink that’ll keep you hydrated.


3) Put a little work in and hit the gym

Rest and relaxation isn’t the only way to destress. Work off anxiety by hitting the gym for all those cardio and strength sessions that you’ve missed. It’s not too late to put a little work into making that New Year’s Resolution a reality. Get on the treadmill or start lifting weights and give your body the nourishment it needs. Need some motivation? Jam out to these songs while you’re working out to get the blood pumping:

4) Order in

For Valentine’s Day, show yourself some self-love and order a delicious, carb-filled meal from your favorite restaurant. Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is a great local restaurant to order from. Start your meal off with their classic bean dip—a flavorful, hummus-like appetizer that’ll make anyone’s mouth water. Move on to any one of their pizzas or pastas. My personal favorite is their lemon strozzapreti, which has thick strozzapreti noodles and small florets of cauliflower tossed in a rich and creamy sauce, with a subtle touch of lemon add up for a satiating meal. Not in the mood for Italian? Order a delicious bibimbap bowl from Seoul Garden. This rice bowl filled with colorful, fresh vegetables, is served with a crispy fried egg on top and a side of pepper sauce to add on top for those who want a little extra kick. Available with various choices of meat or plant-based options to top your bowl, you will not be disappointed if you order this dish.


5) Finish off with some chocolate

It really wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate. In whatever form you crave, make sure to get a bite of something rich and chocolatey before the day is over. Whether it’s a slice of chocolate cake from a local bakery, a pint of chocolate ice cream or the traditional miniature heart-shaped chocolates, indulge yourself this Valentine’s Day. 

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