Valentine's Day can be hard, even more so when your love life may not look like those around you.  We've put together some ideas on how you can make the day a little easier.  


Valentine's Day, Because love isn't quite complicated enough as it isfrom XKCD

Make a group date.  Spend some time with friends or family.  Surround yourself with people who care about you, and will be there to lend a hand if you are feeling a little low.  Valentine's day can make people feel alone, and you may be surprised who doesn't have plans.

Celebrate a different day.  While the calendar says Valentine's is February 14th there is no rule that says it is the only day you can treat someone to flowers or candy.  Make a date for another day if you cannot be with your partner(s)  on the 14th.  

Make a political statement.  Love isn't about cards, pink hearts or roses.  You can use the day as an excuse to remind those around you that love takes many forms.  Consider using the money you might of spent on a fancy dinner to donate to a charity you support.      

Volunteer.  Many groups and organizations could use your support.  Bring flowers to nursing home residents who may be alone, or help out at a soup kitchen.  You may find that helping others can raise your spirits.  

Create something.  Use your energy to write, draw, paint, sculpt, or whatever other form of creation you enjoy.  Consider making something for friends.  You don't need to be in a romantic relationship to show you care for someone.  

Do something nice for yourself.  It may sound a little simple, but taking care of yourself is very important.  Use the day as an excuse to do something you might not normally do.  Take a hot bath.  Buy a new book.  Treat yourself to your favorite take out and watch your favorite movie.  You don't need to be with a partner to treat yourself.