Six tips to avoid drinking to mend a lonely heart this Valentine’s Day

Okay, so you are single this Valentine’s Day.

You might be planning to stop by the liquor store on the way home to pick up a nice bottle of red for yourself. You drown your sorrows and listen to Nora Jones in the bath …

Well, this year it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s make 2018 the year we embraced our single life with open arms!

As lonely or sad as being single on Valentine’s Day can sometimes be, it doesn’t have to be that way. Try these six tips on how to make the most of your day and evening, without turning to the bottle.

Galentine’s Day

Luckily for us ladies, there is a new trend called ‘Galentine’s Day’ for some serious girl time. Get together with your single friends and make facial masks, choose a chick flick, melt some chocolate for your strawberries, play cards or Celebrity Heads, and embrace the fact that you’re surrounded by some amazing people who will always support you, even if your partner doesn’t.

Tasty treats

Have you heard of Uber Eats or Deliveroo? You can order delicious takeaway deserts and they deliver straight to your door. This way, you don’t have to sit at a table in Max Brenner next to a couple smooching their chocolatey mouths together. Better yet, bake something deliciously unhealthy and overindulge without a hangover the next day.

Get sweaty

They say the best way to deal with a broken heart is through saltwater: tears, ocean and sweat. Hit the gym or a fitness class or go for a run outside to get your heart pumping. Create an emotional playlist and use exercise as an outlet. The adrenaline and endorphins you feel after a challenging workout are similar to those after sex. If you can’t get any of that, create it!

Spiritual awakening

This may be a really emotional time of year for you. If you are feeling lost, a great way to work through the pain is by letting go and succumbing to relaxation. Create a beautiful and undisturbed space for yourself, light candles around the room and play a soft playlist while you gently stretch on the floor for a yin yoga practice. Alternatively, sit up comfortably and listen to a guided meditation to get you out of your head and feeling peaceful.

Book a massage

Feel like you need to be touched or held this Valentine’s Day? If so, a massage is a perfect way for you to get all your skin-to-skin action without the side effects. There are some amazing massages out there to try, like a Hawaiian Lomi Lomi or a Swedish Relaxation massage with essential oils to stimulate the senses. You’ll come out feeling loved, relaxed and relieved.

Bath/spa time

Laying in a hot bath with candles and the soft sound of Jazz can do wonders for a lonely woman. Try to read your book in there if you are skilled enough not to drop it, or set up Netflix on a stool so you can recline in the water and binge your favourite show. What a treat!

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