Let’s be honest about Valentine’s Day. For lots of people, it’s a day of let down’s, of unmet expectations, loneliness and isolation.

If you are not in a relationship, it feels like you are surrounded by loving couples. Even if you are in a relationship with someone who missed out on the romance gene, it can be depressing. I have been in a happy relationship for almost 30 years and I have no use for it. Sure, it was fun when our son was little. We would do heart-shaped pancakes, he made us a craft and we celebrated our love as a family. Now that he’s grown, we just ignore it completely but I think it would be nice to, instead, celebrate it differently.

I might noot need one day a year to show my guy that he is my lobster but, on the other hand, I’m rethinking the whole bah humbug attitude. Why not find other ways to celebrate the people I love as well as myself? Furthermore, it would be great to show appreciation and support to those I have never met but who might need it.

If you’re looking for alternatives to Valentine’s Day apart from Galentine’s Day or different ways to celebrate love and connection, here are some ideas:

  1. Random Acts of Kindness Day: Instead of focusing on romantic love, celebrate kindness and generosity by performing random acts of kindness. It can be for friends and family, but also strangers.
  2. Friendship Day: Celebrate the friendships in your life by spending time with friends, organizing a get-together, or simply expressing gratitude for their presence.
  3. Self-Love Day: Dedicate a day to self-care and self-love. Treat yourself to a spa day, indulge in your favourite activities, and take the time to appreciate your worth.
  4. Family Appreciation Day: Spend quality time with your family and express your love and gratitude for the support and connections you have with them.
  5. Nature Retreat: Escape to nature for a day or a weekend. Connect with the natural world and enjoy the serenity and beauty it has to offer.
  6. Cultural Celebration: Explore and celebrate a cultural event or festival happening around that time. It could be a great opportunity to learn about different traditions and customs.
  7. Volunteer Together: Spend the day volunteering for a cause you both care about. Helping others can be a fulfilling way to bond and, more importantly, it can make a positive impact.
  8. Cooking or Baking Day: Prepare a meal or bake together. Cooking can be a fun and collaborative activity that allows you to enjoy the process. You also share in the delicious results.
  9. Adventure Day: Engage in an adventurous activity like hiking, biking, or trying out a new sport together. Create lasting memories through shared experiences.
  10. Movie or Book Marathon: Pick a series of movies or books and spend the day enjoying them together. It can be a great way to relax and bond.

Remember, the key is to choose an activity that resonates with you. Whether it’s celebrating friendships, self-love, or simply enjoying quality time together or the unconditional love of a pet, there are plenty of alternatives to traditional Valentine’s Day celebrations. Don’t let this day get you down.