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Single? We’re All in This Together this Valentine’s Day

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Written by Caisi Calandra

It’s that time of the year again to which a whole aisle at Walmart (how luxurious) is dedicated to shades of pinks, fuschias, blue-reds and royal purples, and of course, the little plastic hearts stuffed with sorted delights, the ones you’d buy for yourself. Then it hits you, “Ah, yes, I’m still single.”

When a holiday is commercialized toward the idea of monogamy and dating, and you’re involved in neither, what’s a gal to do? Being single on Valentine’s Day is actually a popular topic when Valentine’s Day itself comes around, and one could easily find articles gushing about positivity, strength, and simply how to feel better now that we don’t receive Valentine cards like we used to in elementary school.

One of the most important things to remember if you’re feeling major FOMO on Valentine’s Day is to make plans! It’s the perfect way to avoid feeling alone, and the more you invest in said plans, the more you’ll enjoy them. Around the Salem area, you could get a nice meal with your gals and then go shopping for a bit, or you could try something new, like rock climbing or painting.If you really wanted to get busy on the 14th, and you have a bunch of other friends who are feeling rather spinster-ish, invite them to a singles dinner party because, truly, nothing heals the heart like shared negativity.

If you’re trying to ball on a budget one of the best ways to spend Valentine’s Day is to go to Target and buy some home spa necessities for yourself. Throw in Pillsbury Valentine’s Day cookies (iconic) for easy snacks later, and waltz through the healthcare aisles to grab a few masks (which are around $2.50) for later. Cuddle up to a nice movie on your laptop, and you’re set.

Last, but not least, GALentines, if you’re feeling up to it, and have a little extra time, it’s becoming more and more popular to write little Valentine’s for your friends. Get the corny Valentine’s from the CVS down the road and hand them out to your friends when the holiday comes around. You could also get the slightly overpriced teddy bears, or even try to make your own little cards with positive messages in them.

There are so many positive things you can do on the holiday that tries its best to sell you the idea that you should be in a relationship. So, if you’re feeling like crap this month because of a certain day, put on your big girl pants, or leggings, and try to spread that positivity, and do so while keeping in mind that there are plenty of people out there who care about you. You don’t need one day in the year to try and tell you otherwise.