If you are single like me, you might be loathing the fact that Valentine’s Day is upon us.

For some, it’s just another day, for others it’s a day to express how much they love their partner, and for still others, for people like me, it’s the most infuriating day of the year. On any other day, I adore being single and basking in the glory of my solitary, peaceful, care-free life.

On Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of the possibility I will die alone. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that). Then there’s the fact that on one Valentine’s Day I had decided to get married and, on another, my lawyer decided it’d be a good day to finalize that divorce.

So, if you – like me – will be struggling to cope with all the love, romance, and the disgusting pink…here’s a survival guide for you:

1. Turn off your phone and block your social media for the day.

white iPhone

You know that your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will be filled with people expressing love (yuck), gloating over their “cute” presents, and just generally being gross. It’s also a great way to escape the yearly “Is Valentine’s Day haram?” debate.

2. Stay away from happy couples.

woman hugging and kissing her boyfriend

If on any other day of the year, cute and happy couples make you want to vomit, I’d suggest especially staying away from them during this day. Tell your parents, siblings, or whoever else, that you’ll talk to them after they recover from the euphoria that is this commercialized holiday.

3. Skip the romantic movies and opt for horror instead.

Stephen Colbert eating popcorn

What better way to forget about Valentine’s Day and your singleness than watching a horror movie full of blood and gore.

If horror’s just too much for you, turn to Harry Potter. Nothing makes you hate relationships more than seeing Ron and Hermione end up together (what was J.K. Rowling thinking?).

4. Spend the day with your single friends.


United we stand, divided we fall. Gather all your single ladies and spend the day watching movies, shopping, or having a discussion on feminism and the joys of being an independent woman. Galentine’s Day, am I right?

5. Treat yourself.

Treat yo self from Parks and Rec
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Take yourself out for a spa day. Get a manicure, pedicure, or even a new hairdo. Spa days can get a bit pricey so you can always do it all at home. Turn up the music, paint your nails, make a homemade mask and enjoy how great it is to be you.

6. Eat a lot of chocolate.

Woman lying in bed eating chocolate

Just because Valentine’s Day is for people who are disgustingly in love, does not mean you shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy the perks of it. Eat all of the chocolate, guilt-free.

(Don’t forget the day-after deals.)

7. Have a dance party of one in your room. Clothes not required.

Liz Lemon dancing

If you’re bitter and a tad angry – not saying you are – there is no better way to let off some steam then having a dance party by yourself. Nobody’s watching, so turn up the Beyonce and remember you’re flawless***.

8. Break a sweat.


Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t glare incessantly at happily-in-love people. They just don’t.

And most importantly…

9. Remember that Valentine’s Day is an arbitrary, made-up holiday that doesn’t matter.

Mindy Kaling saying "I have a right to life, liberty, and chicken wings."

Enjoy the day. Don’t worry about dying alone, or pressure from parents, aunties, and friends to find a boyfriend or husband. Your worth is not based off whether you are single, married, divorced, or in a relationship.

You’re still you. And you’re still awesome.

  • Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura

    Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura is Bosniak Muslim of Turkish and Bosniak ancestry. She is currently working as a counselor and holds interests in Islamic and transnational feminism, racial justice, and Bosniak history. One day she hopes to write a book but until then she’s mainly concentrating on writing tweets.