8 things to do if you're single on Valentine's Day

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Everyone knows being single on Valentine's Day can come with a range of emotions. Some years when you're single, you might even forget about Valentine's Day because your heart is like Teflon and you're thrilled to be on your own. Others, not so much. Since February 14 is just a few short days away, now's the time to form a single-woman plan of action if you don't have one already. Even if you see it as a normal day, you should still plan on doing something fun-like one of the activities below.
  1. Pamper like you've never pampered before. Hit up a really indulgent beauty store and grab body scrubs (or DIY 'em), face masks, and even stop by the supermarket to buy some cucumbers for your eyes. Light delicious-smelling candles and slip into a robe. Basically, go the whole nine yards and spend the day indulging. You'll feel really relaxed and, as a bonus, really gorgeous too.
  2. Galentine's Day, anyone? Meeting up with single girlfriends or ones who can't spend the holiday with their guys for whatever reason is an easy way to combat the Valentine's Day blues. Whether you stay in or go out, you'll be with women who get you, which can be helpful when you feel like every man on the planet does not.
  3. Have a romantic comedy hate-watching party. Invite said girlfriends over to knock back some wine, watch tons of sappy movies, throw popcorn at the TV, and yell that each one is a lie. If Elle Woods did it, you can too.
  4. Dive into a juicy thriller. How often do you actually get to read a book these days? Shut down your computer and start turning those pages. Perhaps choose one in which people seem like they're falling in love but actually end up trying to kill each other? You know, to get in the spirit of the holiday.
  5. Spend the money you would have spent on a guy's gift on yourself. If you have one of those Carrie Bradshaw "hello, lover" moments when you see an amazing pair of shoes, go ahead and get them. You are your own valentine, after all.
  6. Offer to watch your sister's kids for a few hours. Obviously this only works if you love children, aren't feeling truly down in the dumps about being single, and have most of the day to celebrate in one of the other ways so it's not totally usurped by screaming babies. You just might be so grateful to give the kids back when their parents' date is over that you'll wind up feeling lucky to be single.
  7. Get your adrenaline pumping. Try something risky and kick-ass (but not totally insane), like skydiving with your best friend. You'll prove to yourself that you don't need a boyfriend by your side to do incredible things. And if you're hoping to get deeper into the dating game in 2015, it always helps if you've got a whole arsenal of amazing stories to tell.
  8. Go on a first date. It seems counterintuitive, and the caveat is that you have to luck out and end up with a cool guy who won't think you're marriage-obsessed or only into casual sex because you happen to be going out for the first time on February 14. If you're on the same page, this Valentine's Day could just be the start of something special. Or, at the very least, a funny story to tell your guy when you do end up meeting him.
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