Don’t be a S.A.D sack this V-day – treat yourself

 Friends at a picnic

Some people consider Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D) as anti-Valentine’s Day and celebrate it on 14 February, but others recognize 15 February as the official holiday. The S.A.D acronym suggests that singles are probably depressed on Valentine’s Day, but singles usually know they don’t need a significant other to “complete” them – their lives are awesome with or without a partner.

This Valentine’s Day:

Go Green

Fashionable young man

On this day many people wear green, as it is the complementary opposite of red. Another popular option is an absence of colour (black), to symbolize anti-Valentine sentiments.

Go out with single friends

Friends Socializing at Outdoor Party

Be proactive, and make some plans with your single friends to get out and do something fun.

Gifts for single friends

Women exchanging gifts in shop

Nobody wants to get nothing over Valentine’s weekend. Set up a Singles Awareness Day gift exchange with your single friends. Give presents that are more personal and geared to the recipients’ taste. A gift exchange has the added bonus of giving you and your single friends an excuse to get together and hang out while all your coupled friends celebrate their “love” or whatever.


Woman receiving massage

A massage is one of many self-indulgences that don’t require a partner to enjoy. Plus, it might cost less than what most couples are spending on each other for Valentine’s Day.


Chocolate Truffles at Arn Chocolate Shop

Chocolate will always be there for you, and after Valentine’s Day chocolate will be on sale. You can load up on chocolate for a whole lot cheaper than those suckers in relationships. And you won’t even have to share.

Lunch somewhere nice

Two women having lunch

Just because you don’t have a significant other doesn’t mean you can’t take yourself out somewhere nice, or that you can’t celebrate love. Invite a person you love, like a friend or family member, to go out and enjoy a nice meal. If you go after Valentine’s Day, you’ll dodge the crowds.

Spa day

Feet in water with rose petals

Forget the massage, and go all out with a spa day. It’ll help you relax, give you some peace and quiet, and make you feel luxuriously pampered.

Pictures: Corbis

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