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5 Fun Things You Can Do if You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

5 Fun Things You Can Do if You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

I know it’s easy to get jealous and frustrated if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, since all the happy couples you know could be sharing cute photos and lovey-dovey status updates all day. Also, if you’re brave enough to go to a bar/restaurant/or movie, you will be surrounded by public displays of affection. I know it’s tempting to say, “Get a room,” but please resist the urge (because nobody likes a Negative Ned or Nancy, and complaining about things you don’t like won’t make them go away). But don’t fret, dear reader; with a positive attitude and a little creativity, you can have just as much fun as every happy couple you encounter… even if you’re single on Valentine’s Day.

1. Laugh it up!

Laughter boosts your mood, reduces stress, and makes you feel better. On Valentine’s day, have your own funny movie marathon, enjoy some stand-up comedy and laugh to your heart’s content! Cuddle up on the couch with your pet(s) and a cozy blanket to laugh it up. Treat yourself to a cheap and healthy snack like natural popcorn or yogurt mixed with berries and dark chocolate. If you’re looking for movie suggestions, here’s an obvious one:

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Or, if stand-up is more your thing, you could have some giggle-fits with Aziz Ansari:

2. Have a Singles Party!

Get together with some of your single friends and have a get together! If you’d like to turn your private celebration into a fun party, invite some friends over who are also members of Club Single. Ask them to bring a snack (or maybe even a bottle of wine?) and laugh the night away. If you would rather go out on the town, you might be helped by this list of fifty cheap and fun night-out ideas.

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3. Treat yourself!

I know the idea of taking yourself on a date might sound kind of strange, but this is one of the best ways to learn how to be happy alone. A massage will relieve any tension built up from stress at work or home; a make-over will give you a fresh, exciting look that increases your confidence; going to a restaurant or movie alone will help you become more comfortable by yourself (and you can even choose to go where you want to go without debating the issue with friends or family); and retail therapy is almost always a good idea.

4. Catch up with someone you miss.

It’s easy to lose touch with the special people who add meaning to our lives when we get busy with life. If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, why not take the opportunity to catch-up with a close friend who you haven’t talked to in months or years? Thanks to the power of the Internet, location is irrelevant; you can chat face-to-face with a friend who lives on the other side of the world, just like the Jetsons predicted 50 years ago, with the magic of Skype or Google Hangouts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0idWiHiasKg

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5. Do whatever you want.

Please don’t read this article as a list of things you absolutely should do. This list is meant to provide you with some inspiration to guide you in the right direction, but you are the CEO of your life, so you should take full ownership of your actions. No one knows you better than yourself, so do whatever makes you feel happy and fulfilled, whatever that might be.

It can be a bummer to be single on Valentine’s Day, but only if you allow it to be.

You deserve to be happy, with or without a partner, so do everything in your power to make this holiday a positive occasion. If you’re a member of Club Single and wonder why that could be, you might want to check-out these potential reasons why you are still single. If you have more fun ideas for things to do if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, please share them in the comments. <3

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Last Updated on June 24, 2019

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

A study [1] published in Depression and Anxiety found that social media users are more likely to be depressed. This was just one of the huge number of studies linking social media and depression[2] . But why exactly do platforms like Facebook and Instagram make people so unhappy? Well, we don’t know yet for sure, but there are some explanations.

Social Media Could Lead to Depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how you think, feel, and behave. Social media may lead to depression in predisposed individuals or make existing symptoms of depression[3] worse explains[4] the study above’s senior author Dr. Brian Primack. So, the problem may not be in social media per se, but how we use it.

Signs You’re Suffering From “Social Media Depression”

If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your mood, then you may be suffering from “social media depression.” Look for symptoms like:

• low self-esteem,

• negative self-talk,

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• a low mood,

• irritability,

• a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed,

• and social withdrawal.

If you’ve had these symptoms for more than two weeks and if this is how you feel most of the time, then you are likely depressed. Although “social media depression “is not a term recognized in the medical setting, social media depression seems to be a real phenomenon affecting around 50% of social media users. As explained in a review study[5] published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, if a person has a certain predisposition to depression and other mental disorders, social media use may only worsen their mental health.

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Social Media Could Crush Self-Esteem

We know that social media and depression are in some way linked, but why is this so? Well, according to Igor Pantic, MD, Ph.D.[6], social media use skews your perception about other people’s lives and traits. To explain this further, most people like to portray an idealized image of their lives, personal traits, and appearance on sites like Facebook and Instagram. If you confuse this idealized image with reality, you may be under the false impression that everyone is better than you which can crush your self-esteem and lead to depression. This is especially true for teens and young adults who are more likely to compare themselves to others. If you already suffer from low self-esteem, the illusion that everyone has it better off than you will just make you feel worse.

Causing Social Isolation and Other Negative Emotions

Another commonly cited reason for the negative impact of social media on mental health is its link with social isolation. Depressed people are more likely to isolate themselves socially and chose only to interact indirectly through social media platforms. But communication online tends to be superficial and is lacking when compared to real-life interaction explains Panic. What this means is not that social media leads to isolation but the other way around, possibly explaining why we find so many depressed persons on these sites.

Lastly, social media use may generate negative emotions in you like envy, jealousy, dislike, loneliness, and many others and this may worsen your depressive symptoms.

Why We Need to Take This Seriously

Both depression and social media use are on the rise according to epidemiological studies. Since each one has an impact on the other, we have to start thinking of healthier ways to use social media. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to the negative impact of social media on mental health.

Advice on Social Media Use

Although these findings did not provide any cause-effect explanation regarding Facebook and depression[7], they still do prove that social media use may not be a good way to handle depression. For this reason, the leading authors of these studies gave some suggestions as to how clinicians and people can make use of such findings.

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One suggestion is that clinicians should ask patients about their social media habits. Then they can advise them on how to change their outlook on social media use or even suggest limiting their time spent on social media.

Some social media users may also exhibit addictive behavior; they may spend too much time due to compulsive urges. Any compulsive behavior is bound to lead to feelings of guilt which can worsen depressive symptoms.

Having Unhealthy Relationship with Social Media

If you feel like your relationship with social media is unhealthy, then consider the advice on healthy social media use provided by psychology experts from Links Psychology[8]:

Avoid negative social comparison – always keep in mind that how people portray themselves and their lives on social media is not a realistic picture, but rather an idealized one. Also, avoid comparing yourself to others because this behavior can lead to negative self-talk.

Remember that social media is not a replacement for real life – Social media is great for staying in touch and having fun, but it should never replace real-world interactions.

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Avoid releasing personal information – For your safety and privacy, make sure to be careful with what you post online.

Report users who bully and harass you – It’s easy to be a bully in the anonymous and distant world of social media. Don’t take such offense personally and report those who abuse social media to harass others.

The bits of advice listed above can help you establish a healthy relationship with social media. Always keep these things in mind to avoid losing an objective perspective of what social media is and how it is different from real life. If you are currently suffering from depression, talk to your doctor about what is bothering you so that you can get the treatment you need to get better. Tell your doctor about your social media use and see if they could give you some advice on this topic.

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