Why You Should Spend Valentine's Day Alone

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we dare you to spend it alone.

We know the day is normally reserved for spoiling your significant other, and regardless of if you have one or not, we think you should spoil yourself this year. Better yet, trade in those chocolates and roses you bought and gift them some time alone.

It may feel a little odd at first but spending time with yourself is a fantastic way of reflecting, re-evaluating and recharging.

You'll be with your rawest thoughts, and that can be terrifying. But trust us, you'll come out the other end with a much clearer mind, and the potential to have those 'aha!' moments you wouldn't otherwise. Problems you're facing will seem a lot easier to comprehend, and your next move will probably be more obvious than ever.

If nothing else, you'll avoid those dreaded conversations of deciding what to do. Speaking of, here's some ideas of what to do with yourself this Valentine's Day.

Go on a Day-Trip

Escaping for the day and driving to your not-so-nearest beach or favourite country bakery can be the ultimate recharge. You'll be free from your co-worker talking about their new diet, and your mind will be free to really consider that thing that's been on your mind. Driving and having those often-rare internal conversations with yourself can lead to the best solutions. At the very least, you'll gain perspective on how you're really feeling.

Take a Class

Now you've got the time, learn something new. You know, that thing you've been wanting to try for so long but just never did. Learn how to paint a portrait, write a great blog or make Kim Chi. Sites like http://work-shop.com.au/ have countless classes nationally, you'll surely find one for you.

Try Glamping

Sure, you could just go camping at your nearest nature park. Or you could escape to the Yarra Ranges and live in pampering luxury. Take a good book with you, or even that novel you've been trying to finish writing. Go on, you're worth it.

Break Some Stuff

Let off some steam and go break some stuff. The Break Room (Fitzroy, VIC) provides a safe, controlled environment to destress in a way we've all secretly wanted to. It's definitely not for the faint-hearted, and you definitely shouldn't try this at home.

Start That Thing

You know that thing you've been holding off? Yes, that thing. Life can get the better of us and really push what we really want to the back of our minds. Use this time to actually start it or finish it - just do it.

Take Yourself Out

Part of the fun of dates is dressing up and going to a fancy restaurant you normally wouldn't. There really isn't a reason you can't do it alone. Find your formal attire, get your hair done and find somewhere with good food and wine. Take a book to keep you company or follow it up with watching that movie no one will come with you to see.

The best part about spending Valentine's Day alone is you can do whatever you want. You don't need approval, you don't need permission. It's good for you, and it's fun.