Written by Libby Taylor
A day of celebrating love is what we could all use after a year of uncertainty and, at times, sadness.
Whilst Valentine’s day is typically seen as a day for couples to celebrate their commitment to one another, that isn’t to say singles can’t celebrate their love for their friends, family, pets, and themselves!
However, the current lockdown makes things more difficult than usual, but it’s important to celebrate our love for one another, especially in the current times; the world could use a little bit of love right now.
Whether you are able to spend the day with or without your partner, friends, and family, or just want to spend the day celebrating the love you have for yourself, here are our suggestions of how to spend this lockdown-Valentine’s:
For couples (together or apart):
- This lockdown Valentine’s day is the perfect opportunity to throw on your pjs, forget about any outside worries and snuggle together on the sofa to binge watch your favourite movies or TV shows. If you’re apart, pick a movie to watch over Netflix Party!
- Research the ingredients to your favourite restaurant meals or cocktails and have a go at making them together – not only will it be fun to recreate them, but you will also have a romantic meal at the end of it.
- Why not go on a long walk around your favourite spots or research some hidden gems in your town and city and go explore together!
- If you’re able to get the supplies, you could paint each other a picture, leaving you both with a present and fun memories.
For couples who are separated by distance and social distancing rules, it can be hard to think of ideas of things you can do together over a call, and the day itself might be difficult for some people.
Here are some ideas to stay connected throughout the day:
- As well as doing activities such as having a virtual dinner date and watching movies together, you could do an online couple’s quiz. Send each other some questions about yourselves and record each other answering them. Not only will it be funny to watch the videos back, but it can help to bring you both closer despite the distance.
- Send each other letters or care packages filled with both of your favourite things – you could then go on facetime so you can see their reactions to your gifts!
- Make them a music playlist filled with both of your favourite songs or tunes that remind you of your love for them that they can listen to when they miss you.
- Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day you can celebrate your love – plan out a belated celebration for when you’re back together. It’s fun to do and gives you even more to look forward to when you see each other.
How to show your love for friends and family:
- Write your loved one letters filled with the reasons you love them – if you haven’t been able to see them for a while, it will be a nice reminder that, despite tough times, they are still loved and not alone. It will also be nice for you to write out, knowing you are surrounded by your loved ones if not in present then in spirit.
- Organise a virtual games night with your friends – similarly to the suggestion for couples, you could also hold a virtual cocktail night with your friends too!
- If you live with a friend or family member(s), why not watch movies with them as well, or even bake together? It’s important to remember that Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be for couples – it’s about showing affection for all of the important people in your life.
Most social media feeds will be filled with photos of couples on Valentine’s Day – it’s important to remember that Valentine’s Day isn’t limited to them. Give yourself some love too!
- Treat yourself to a spa day – run a bath, light some candles, and watch some Netflix for a while. It’ll relax you and make you feel a lot happier.
- Order a takeaway – it’s nice to spoil yourself and Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to do so!
- Treat yourself to a present – if you have been putting off buying something online, just go ahead and buy it for yourself, guilt-free!
With a little bit of love and appreciation for those closest to you, and yourself, Valentine’s Day can help to uplift your spirits and make these uncertain times that much easier to manage.