There's nothing pleasant about Valentine's Day. If you're in a relationship, you feel huge pressure to orchestrate an extravagant, romantic evening for no reason other than someone told you to. If you're single, you feel ostracized by a community of people seemingly in love. The entire holiday is a lose-lose.
It's all about perspective. Why not take advantage of the day to treat your loved ones? Flowers and chocolate don't have to be expensive, and they can mean the world to your significant other, friend, or even your mom.
Whether you're single or in a relationship, Valentine's Day can just be a day to treat yourself. Have an extravagant evening if you want to, or spend the night in with Chipotle and a bottle of wine. The day of love can easily mean self-love. There are plenty of creative ways to celebrate:
Valentine's Day is one of the worst days of the year to go out to eat. In reality, you'd probably rather save that special meal for a birthday or anniversary; instead, you feel pressure to succumb to the crazy consumerism of the modern world and suffer through a subpar, over-priced dinner.
This is also the time of year when MeUndies and 1-800-Flowers ads are pelting you everywhere you look–Instagram, podcasts, the works. Resist the temptation. Refuse to acknowledge Valentine's Day madness.
Perhaps everyone is missing the message here. It is a holiday filled with chocolate and candy. Who cares who you celebrate it with–it's an excuse to indulge! You get to wear pink and red all day, get dressed up if you want to, and as Her Campus puts it:
It's a chance to give [a] poor lonely teddy bear a new loving home.
Who doesn't want that? It's fun to embrace your cheesy side every once in a while.
But have the people spoken? According to The Tylt community, 94% of millennials agree that Valentine's Day is the worst.