Despite a terrible pandemic that has plagued the world, if you’re locked in with your lover or significant other, you still need a sense of normalcy. Even if you celebrate Valentine’s Day alone as a single person, you deserve to celebrate in the best way. Using the five love languages and changing up your setting can be a great way to continue the romance for yourself or for someone else.
Here are the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day during the pandemic.
Words Of Affirmation
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can go from doing something cheesy like writing a poem or a song to perform to your partner, or you can leave post-it notes around the house that compliment what you like about them. Little surprise notes or affirming lyrics can make them feel loved on this special day. A collage of beautiful messages on a bathroom mirror to surprise them can also be a beautiful gift for them. As long as you make them feel good with your words, this can truly be an act of love.
Additionally, if you’re celebrating as a single person, you can practice some self-love by writing letters to yourself to remind yourself how awesome you are and hide them around your home. Each time throughout the month when you “accidentally” come across one, you can read the letter to remind yourself just how awesome and loved you are.
Even writing or journaling your own thoughts and feelings about how you feel about yourself and plans for goals and dreams can boost your self-esteem in so many different ways.
Skip the mall and the stores this year. You don’t want to risk your life to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Download the Amazon app and order all your gifts online. You can have them gift wrapped before they arrive at your partner’s and it’s a romantic way to show you are thinking about them. When considering gifts, think of some ideas that will keep them busy at home. Practical gifts can be romantic if you’re paying attention to their needs, especially if they are working from home a lot of time.
If you’re doing this for yourself, go nuts! You deserve to splurge on yourself for this Valentine’s Day. Focus on comfort during this time and buy yourself a robe, some new house shoes, blankets, new pillows, and essential oils. You can also treat yourself to some Uber Eats accessible meals for one.
Acts Of Service
These days, doing something nice for your partner will look different compared to previous years. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, consider doing something for the house that your partner usually does. Do the dishes, vacuum or mop the floors, give the dogs a bath. If you’re spending so much time indoors, chances are, they probably want something done for them that improves the environment they’re dwelling in the most.
Cooking a meal for them, too, if they’re used to doing all the cooking might also be a good option as well.
For my single friends, do something nice for yourself. Give yourself a spa treatment indoors with more time spent grooming and making yourself look nice just for you. Self-love is best practiced when you treat yourself. Relax and meditate. Get some rest and maybe use your time for either spring cleaning or redecorating your living spaces. You can give your home a new makeover, which can serve as creative fun for yourself.
Spending quality time with your partner can be romantic on Valentine’s Day and still be romantic. It doesn’t have to be another typical movie night on the couch. Consider setting up a pillow fort with blankets and a string of lights. You can use a projector to show the movie on a sheet or a wall. Consider a game night with your significant other. There are many romantic questionnaires you can do online that will build intimacy between you and your partner.
For the singles, have a Zoom party for all the other fun single people in your life. Celebrate Valentine’s Day using trivia questions as a drinking game and have people take a shot when someone says the word “love.” Spending quality time with friends can be just as fun as spending time with a romantic lover.
Sometimes, your romantic partner responds best to physical affection. Consider some adorable coupons for free hugs and kisses to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You can also give your partner a relaxing massage. It can also be fun to try partnered challenges from TikTok like the koala challenge, for example. There are many fun ways to build physical intimacy with your partner.
Single people can still use physical touch as a love language for self-love as well. Stretching and acts of yoga are great ways to give love to your body. Breathing exercises are also good for you. Anything that keeps you aligned with your emotions and your body can be an act of self-love on Valentine’s Day.
Change The Setting
I mentioned this with the pillow forts above, but consider changing up your environment at home for a romantic vibe. Have a nice dinner on the patio outside. Set up a tent in the backyard with a cozy fire. Turn your kitchen into a bar and restaurant. Switching up your living space can give the feeling that you and your partner are elsewhere during the pandemic.
Even if you’re single, switching things up can be fun for you. Since it may not be the safest to be out and about, having this time indoors can still be romantic and full of love. Isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about?
Also, whether you are single or not, having a romantic playlist is essential for this day. Feel free to customize one to fit you and your partner’s relationship. On the other end of the spectrum, any songs about self-love and confidence are also fun for both singles and couples alike. Be sure to make this a part of the ambiance you choose to set to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
How do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day during the pandemic? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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Scott Hill is a former middle school educator and current poet with multiple self-published collections. He has a degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Houston and resides nearby where he can be seen tending to plants at his job, snuggling with his dog on the sofa, or spending time with loved ones. He enjoys whiskey and wine nights and loves writing about other poets, personal life experiences, mental health, food, and sometimes Taylor Swift. Feel free to follow him on Instagram @scotthillpoetry!