By Elizabeth Kim and Molly Jacob

You check the calendar and realize February 14th is coming up sooner than you’d like. You wonder if you can call in sick or at least stay away from social media all day so you don’t have to deal with the cheesy Instagram photos your friends will inevitably post about their significant others. But, before you burrow into bed so that you don’t have to deal with the inevitable love parade, Cupid has some advice on how to get through Valentine’s Day single, unscathed, and maybe even happy.

While it seems like Valentine’s Day is all about relationships and love, check out Cupid’s tips to help you enjoy this day even if you are single:

1. Take part: Remember in elementary school when everybody would pass around tiny boxes of conversation hearts and fold-up cardboard Valentine’s Day cards? Distribute goodies to co-workers and friends! Whether or not you buy bulk cards from your local drugstore or personalize each and every gift with great detail, not only will you be bringing a smile to someone else, it will serve as a good distraction from all the couple-themed activities surrounding you. 

2. Ignore the holiday: February 14th is just another day in your week, so plan a day of fun activities that have nothing to do with relationships and love! You might decide to take the subway to a part of the city you haven’t been to before so you can explore cafes and parks. Or, plan a day at the spa followed by lunch at your favorite Italian bistro. Whatever it is, don’t use V-Day as an excuse to be miserable ––­ have fun with it!

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3. Band together: You’re certainly not the only single girl this Valentine’s Day. Have a pseudo date night with a friend or spend the day with all your fellow single ladies. Have an old school slumber party, complete with delicious snacks and trashy magazines. Misery loves company, so even if you decide that you all just want to mope, at least you won’t be moping alone. Sure you might shed some tears, but you will end up sharing a lot of laughs.

4. Treat yourself: Make this day all about you instead of relationships and love. Go ahead and buy that Michael Kors bag you have been saving up for, or splurge on a fancy manicure. You will be distracting yourself from all the love in the air while rewarding yourself for surviving the day!

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5. Remind yourself: This one is the toughest but ultimately you just have to remind yourself that it is just another day on the calendar.You shouldn’t equate going on a date or being in a relationship with self-worth. And here’s a bonus tip: Valentine’s Day chocolates are super cheap on February 15, so stock up on delicious treats as soon as this day of love is over!

How do you get through Valentine’s Day when you’re single? Tell us in the comments below!