10 healthy activities for singles on Valentine’s Day that don’t include murdering an ex

Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You may not have a great love yet but you can still LOVE LIFE! This weekend will be great. We promise! No need for drugs or alcohol, just do what makes you happy.

Here are a few things you can do to celebrate yourself, relax your body and mind, and wake up on Monday morning with a happier soul.

Do that thing your ex hated
Did your ex hate rom-coms or a good action flick? Or maybe they didn’t get along with one of your friends? Invite that friend over, a bunch of friends, and have a movie marathon. Did they hate the mess of having friends over at all? Get messy! It’s your time. Be completely outrageous!

Disconnect from all social media and have a nice, relaxing spa night by yourself
Light some candles, draw a hot bubble bath, throw on your favorite tunes, and pamper yourself. You deserve it!

Laugh!
Laughter really is the best medicine. Catch a comedy show on Netflix or go have coffee with that friend who always makes you laugh. You know you’ll feel better after.

Make a gratitude list
Listing all of the things you are grateful for will remind you of all the good things in your life. It will help free your mind of the gobbledygook and fill it with only the best things in life. Freedom from gobbledygook!

Clean the house or organize that closet
Cleaning and organization really can help set your mind at ease. You have enough to worry about already. A clean house can sometimes stabilize the anxiety you’re feeling over other things. Relax in your own comforting atmosphere.

Pig out!
Having a free day to eat WHATEVER YOU WANT can be extremely liberating. Go to the store and gather all your fave snacks. Order that takeout you’ve been wanting. Put on a good movie or binge a new series while you feast!

You had your pig out session, now it’s time for some exercise!
Physical activity raises endorphins and also stimulates the release ofdopamine, norepinephrine, andserotonin. These brain chemicals play an important part in regulating your mood. (https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/exercise)

Be creative
Make art! Even if you aren’t typically a right-brained kind of person, activating your right brain through mental stimulation and activities has been shown to increase vitality and potentially generate new brain cells. Paint, write, refinish that antique in the attic, do a craft, join an improv class…there are so many creative things out there to do. Even right from your living room couch or kitchen table.

Read a book
Escaping reality can be as easy as visiting your local library or bookstore. Nowadays, it’s even as easy as clicking a button on your phone or tablet. Travel to another time, visit foreign lands, immerse yourself into the romance of the century. You can go anywhere or do anything with a good book!

Buy yourself something special
Give yourself your own Valentine’s present. You know you’ll love it cause you picked it out!

Give yourself the time and care you deserve. Still feeling down? Call a friend or family member OR use any of the resources on the Sources of Strength wheel.

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