All You Need Is Love. Right?

Getting and giving love is generally a great thing. But what if you want to spend Valentine’s Day differently? Following are a few ideas on how.

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Valentine’s Day is a holiday filled with social norms emphasizing romance, cheesy gifts and expressions of love reminiscent of Hollywood movies. In the end, who benefits the most? Of course, the big corporations and the people who have managed to find one or more partners.

Love is undoubtedly a beautiful thing, but, on Valentine’s Day, we must not forget those people who live in the intentional absence of romantic love. These single people include those who consciously choose independence or unconventional partnerships and those still searching for the right connection. Instead of marginalizing single people from the celebration of romantic love, here are some ideas to make Valentine’s Day a beautiful experience, whether alone or with friends.

Dinner for One (... Or More!)

Is there a restaurant you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t had the chance to? Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to explore it. Dining alone can heighten your sensitivity to the experience. Take your time to taste the food without distractions, listen to the buzz of voices, music and your surroundings, or pick up a book to read while you wait.

Don’t feel like going out to eat alone? Gather your favourite people and take yourselves out together.

Spa Day

Indulge in deep relaxation at a day spa, a thermal spa or a hammam. For those who are comfortable showing skin, it’s an ideal opportunity for a dose of self-care. The evening, particularly during the still-chilly days, provides a cosiness that’s good for escaping everyday stress and tending to the body and soul. A day at the spa presents an opportunity to explore different saunas, steam baths and relaxation rooms, or to opt for a massage. Alternatively, you can create an intimate spa experience at home by soaking in a warm bath enhanced with bath salts or oil. Candles, room scents or soothing music can further enhance the spa ambience.

Sex While Single

Let’s face it—Valentine’s Day is sometimes about sex. So, why not make it a day to celebrate your own body? Rather than succumbing to consumerist pressures, consider using the day to connect with your sensuality. And what better way to do that than to give yourself the gift of an orgasm? You might explore the world of someone else’s Valentine’s Day fantasy or, for a boost in confidence and body positivity, try participating in a striptease workshop.

Celebrate Love Year-Round

Self-love is a vital aspect of maintaining a healthy and fulfilling sex life as well as bolstering self-esteem. Celebrating love is not limited to Valentine’s Day; it can be expressed through small gestures on the remaining 364 days of the year within friendships, partnerships or families. But if the cheesiest day of the year is already marked with a grand celebration, seize the opportunity to do it on your terms.

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