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by Itohan Uzamere 

For some people, February means surprise getaways, proposals, ‘hard launches’ on Instagram and cards. While, for others, it can be seen as a capitalist holiday or simply an annoying day filled with OTT celebrations.

Being single or apart from your significant other on Valentine’s Day can feel like the worst moment of your life - but rationally it isn’t. Although we know its just a day, it doesn’t stop you from feeling like shit, or from triggering feelings of anxiety and depression.

Fortunately, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. It can be an opportunity to spoil yourself - you’re forever true love. From solo dinners to self-love, we’ve curated a list of ways to make this Valentine’s Day all about you.

Pamper Time

Spoil yourself by going for a facial or doing an at-home spa session with your favourite face masks. You could even go out of your comfort zone by getting that new hairstyle you’ve been debating - you only live once and your hair will grow back! Have some fun.

Remember to Satisfy Yourself

Take self care up a notch by treating sexual satisfaction as the ultimate wellness experience that it is. Self care can come in many forms and exploring your sexuality is definitely included. 

The focus of pleasure is you - it’s not just for people in relationships. This is where the use of sex toys comes in. Self pleasure is mostly left out of self care when in reality it is the most important forms of self care there is. Whether you’re a beginner or an enthusiast, try a new toy! Remember, an orgasm a day keeps stress away. 

Go Watch A New Movie

There are always new movies showing and with Oscar season around the corner there’s no better time. You can always spoil yourself even more by trying out a fancy like Everyman, picking up your favourite snacks, or even ordering a bottle of your favourite wine to go with the movie.

Try Out That Restaurant

A quick search on TikTok will open you up to a world of new restaurants and menus that are just waiting for you to try. No pressure to start or hold a conversation, solo dinners are a great way to focus on yourself and the good food laid out in front of you.

While all these are ways to uplift your spirits on Valentine’s Day, it is also important to acknowledge sadness. It might be from a breakup or the passing of a loved one, we need sadness to be able to get a good perception of joy. 

Happiness and sadness are both human emotions and one would mean nothing without the other. So this Valentine’s, don’t feel bad if you’re not in a cheery mood, enjoy the holiday as a time for self-love too!


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