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Valentine's Day is for everybody, and here's a few suggestions for the big day

It’s creeping up to that time of year again where card companies and expensive restaurants want to steal our money on a day dedicated to celebrating love. Whether you are single, taken, dating or in a relationship with your cat (or dog, no prejudice here), the day can be perfect no matter what.

For all you lucky relationship-ers out there, this is a day about your other half. Although it is important to make them feel loved every day, V-Day can make up for that time you forgot your pre-planned date night and instead got extremely drunk with your pals, or the important anniversary that should have crossed your mind but didn’t, and as a result ended you up in the dog house. It can be a day to complete forget about those times you, or your partner were in the wrong and focus on the here and now.

“Remember: ‘endorphins make you happy!’”

As the day falls on a Wednesday, it is inevitable that most will be at Uni or working, so focus on what you can do in the evening. There are plenty of restaurants hosting special menus, but book in advance as they can get very busy. If you are strapped for cash, a candle-lit dinner in the comfort of your own home could save you money, especially with Lidl and Aldi’s cheap and cheerful meals. There are lots of recipes on the internet that focus on being inexpensive, so there is no excuse for it to go wrong. If you fancy something a bit more relaxing, the third and final instalment of the Fifty Shades films will be out in cinemas on the night. Or maybe this could be used as a break after dinner, before you decide to go home and get dessert.

“Don’t forget that you need to love yourself before anyone else can love you.”

As for the singletons, all is not lost. V-Day falls the day after Shrove Tuesday, so you’ll have been satisfied before it even begins. Wallowing in self-pity won’t do anyone any favours, so get up and get out, even if it’s just to the gym. Remember: ‘endorphins make you happy!’, as Elle Woods once said. Use this as a day for loving yourself and those around you. You are strong and independent, and you may not want a relationship, are getting over a break-up or just haven’t found the right person yet, but that doesn’t mean this can’t be a day all about you. Focusing on number one can do wonders for the mind. Whether it’s taking a relaxing bath, treating yourself to a new outfit or simply detoxing through the wonders of yoga, it all counts. The evening can get a bit more difficult if you are by yourself so use this time to spend with your friends, but don’t crash a date because that could be awkward for all parties.
It’s very easy to forget that for most this is just a normal Wednesday with the extra sprinkling of the colour red. A money-making scheme some would say, or just a day to celebrate the thing we all hope to experience one day. It may be sickly, it may be disheartening or it may be one of the best days of your life (I’ll check up on you in nine months), but don’t forget that you need to love yourself before anyone else can love you.

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