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Alone on Valentine's Day

Published:Monday | February 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not, it's in four days' time. And if you don't have a Valentine there's no need to feel lonely and or pout. The day can be just as fun for singles as it is for couples. Here are some suggestions to make your day just as awesome.

Pamper yourself

Request a day off from work or leave an hour early to spend some time pampering yourself

• Get a full-body massage, manicure and pedicure.

• Treat yourself to dinner from your finest restaurant or get chocolates from your preferred candy store.

• Stay at home and watch your favourite movie, or listen and dance to your favourite hits.

• Play your favourite computer and/or video games.

Start or complete a task

You can also use the opportunity to start or complete a task you have been meaning to do for a long time. Or challenge yourself to do something you have not done before, or seldom get to do because of your schedule.

• Rearrange an area in your house (closet, bedroom, bookshelf, patio, kitchen)

• Prepare an unusual dish you have been longing to try (Google the recipe if you do not have a cookbook)

Spread the love

Spread the love and help other individuals feel good about themselves on this special day.

• Call or text friends and relatives, especially ones you have not spoken to in a while.

• Meet up with friends weeks before and do a pixie - pick names, and buy a gift for the friend you have chosen. Gather on Valentine's Day for the gift exchange.

- If gift-giving is not possible with your group, invite them over and celebrate being fabulous.

Evaluate your love life

Everyone can fall in love. It usually happens when you least expect it. Take some time to write down a few love goals. It does not matter when exactly you want to start dating but clarity makes it that much easier to get there.

• Share what you will be doing this Valentine's Day; send to cathy.risden